BANGOR AND BUCKSPORT - Pauline Alice (Carney) Carey passed over peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, with her loving family by her side. She was born on May 29, 1931, the second daughter of Vernon and Mildred (Smith) Carney.
She was raised on Verona Island, where she attended the two-room schoolhouse in her early years. She was a graduate of Bucksport High School, class of 1949. She was very proud to have been the Prom Queen. Polly loved her high school years and still maintained friendships from those years. She loved telling stories from her youth to her children and her grandsons. She always said she wished everyone had as happy a childhood as she did. Polly had six brothers and sisters, and with her parents, there was always laughter in the home while they were growing up. Their home was filled with friends who loved to be around the Carney family. There was always room at the table for everyone.
She was a well known key punch operator when computers were just being utilized in area businesses. She worked in many offices, including St. Regis, the Verso Mill in Bucksport, Bangor Hydro, B&A Railroad and the Eastern Corporation. Polly started a new career later on working for PAGEmployment as their director of placements for the last 29 years. She worked for companies to find them just the right person for their job openings. Polly had a great empathy for the abused, poor and homeless. She worked with them when others had given up. She was well respected in the field and was never too busy to give encouragement to someone who had suddenly found themselves without a job. She took great pride that many had gone on to further their education in which she had encouraged them to do. She volunteered her time at Philip Strickland Home and EMMC. Polly was a long time member of the Al-Anon Family Groups in the Bangor area in which she proudly helped to originate many years ago. She was an associate member of the Burton-Good-Sargent Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association of Bangor, member of the YWCA Encore Group for breast cancer survivors and member of the Uptown Business and Professional Women. One of her favorite interests was watching the World Champions Boston Red Sox in which she was very loyal. She never saw a game she didn't like!
Polly gave unconditional love to her 3 children and 5 grandsons. She recently became a first time great-grandmother to Myles Avett, in which she was extremely proud. Polly was the best Mother and Nana that anyone could ever be blessed with. She was truly a blessing.
Polly is survived by her three children, Stephen R. Carey and his wife, Dawn, of Bangor, Gwendolyn S. Carey and Diane M. Carey, both of Bangor. She is also survived by her five beloved grandsons who loved their Nana dearly, Dana L. Carey and Tina Byers of Kenduskeag, Richard R. Carey of Portland, Ryan J. Carey and his wife, Selina, and their son, Myles Avett, of Portland, Thomas S. Carey of San Diego, California, and Travis S. Carey of Bangor. She leaves behind her two sisters, Geraldine Baxter of Bucksport and Viola Nickerson of Searsport; and two brothers, William Carney and his wife, Helen, of Saco and Richard Carney and his wife, Jean, of Vasselboro. She leaves many nieces, nephews and their families and many friends, who will miss her greatly. She was predeceased by her parents; and two of her brothers, Donald Carney, in 2002, and Robert Carney, in 2010. She was also predeceased by the father of her children, Richard C. Carey, who passed over in 2012.
A memorial service will be held at a later date for the family. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery in N. Bucksport. Those who wish to remember Polly, please send donations to Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, 263 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401 or Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary, 653 Back Ridge Road, Penobscot, ME 04476.