Alice M. Dyer

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Alice M. Dyer

June 27, 1920 - February 08, 2019

Old Town - Alice M. Dyer, 98, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at The Meadows, Old Town. She was born on June 27, 1920. She had 62 years of a loving marriage to Arnold Dyer before his death in 1999.
Alice, the daughter of Grover and Edna (Nelson) Wardwell, was predeceased by her six brothers and three sisters. She was a kind, sweet and giving woman, however she spoke out for what was right long before it was popular, much to the admiration of the female members of her family. Alice loved her family, her church and God's gift of nature.
Arnold and Alice made their home in Presque Isle. There they worked together to raise their family until the birth of their first grandchild, which prompted them to move to Bangor to be closer. There were a total of 4 grandchildren filling both the arms and laps of "Nana" and "Poppy."
Alice became a member of the United Methodist Church in 1937. She loved working in any capacity needed for God and her church. Alice taught first grade Sunday School for 12 years, was a member of the Dorcas Circle in PI, the Piburn Circle in Bangor and served as Vice President and then President of the United Methodist Women for two terms in Presque Isle. Alice and Arnold also became members of the Riverside Grange #273 of No. Brewer and Pamona #8. She served as Secretary, Chaplin and Lecturer during her involvement.
Alice enjoyed gardening and grew both flowers and vegetables. Although she was a homemaker and best known for her bread making abilities, she also worked seasonally for UMaine and the USDA on potato research projects.
Alice will be missed by the family she adored. She leaves behind her two daughters, Judi and Ralph Collier (Bangor) and Gail Dyer-Martin (Hollis, NH); four grandchildren, April Cottle and Tim, Matthew Collier and Kathryn Parker, Annemarie Bellavance and David, and Caitlyn Daisy and Brian; eleven great-grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as "Big Nana" or simply "Big," Jacob, Ashton, Izaac, Isabella, Mason, Trey, Hendrix, Oliver, Charlotte and the twins, Alice and Piper. She was predeceased by her husband; infant daughter and son; granddaughter, Audra Collier; and son-in-law, Gary Martin. She also leaves behind her Meadows family who gave her so much love and joy these last several years. Her family is grateful for the fine care she received there, allowing her to live with companionship and pass with dignity.
Calling hours will be at Brookings and Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, Friday, February 15, from 4 to 7p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 16, at 1p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex Street, Bangor; reception immediately following.Those who wish, may make a contribution in her name to the Activities Fund of the Meadows, 110 Perkins Avenue, Old Town, ME 04468. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published on February 11, 2019
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Sue Morin
Feb 18, 2019
It's hard to find the right words to express how your Mom and Nana influenced my life except she lived and loved every day as a beautiful shining star that loved God, her family and the people around her. My life will be different without her in it.
Polly Goding
Feb 14, 2019
Alice was a very special person and loved by all. May God's peace and strength be with all who are feeling her loss.
Julie and Richard Martin
Feb 14, 2019
Dear Gail and family,
We hold dear our fond memories of Alice. She had a beautiful smile and lovely, kind personality. You were blessed to have her in your lives. Undoubtedly, her goodness lives on in all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Feb 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. I count her not only as a friend but as a sister in both the grange and the church.
Patti Tewhey
Feb 14, 2019
My condolences to the family of Big. She was a wonderful person with special memories for all who met her. Rest in peace Big
Leah Sirois
Feb 14, 2019
Your family are in my thoughts and prayers, she was a Great lady - I'm honored to have know her.
The Cote Family
Feb 13, 2019
Over the years Big treated all of us like one of her own grandchildren. She always had a smile on her face and just wanted to see all the kids together playing. She will be miss by so many. Thinking of you all.
Charles and Ellen Crockett
Feb 13, 2019
Judy and Gail, we were sorry to hear of Aunt Alice passing. She was a very special lady to me as I spent a lot of time at your house when I was younger and she was the kindest lady to me. Thank you for keeping us updated on her life so I could follow her in the past years. My Love to all the family.
Marcia Biggane
Feb 12, 2019
So sorry about your loss. She was a special lady who lived a long and beautifil life and now is in the loving arms of God.
Jane Gerald
Feb 12, 2019
Sonny and I are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed any time we got to see Big. She was such a treasure.
Linda Thomas
Feb 12, 2019
Judy and Gail and family, so sad to hear the news of your mom's passing, but I'm certain sure she was welcomed into the arms for loving husband in heaven.
Alan Stormann
Feb 12, 2019
Gail and family. I was so sorry to hear of Alice's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. I enjoyed our conversations when she would stop by the office. The nicest smile and a great sense of humor. May she rest in eternal peace. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Fran & Bob Kelly
Feb 12, 2019
Family & Friends will miss you. God wanted her in heaven to be pain free & Happy always. Fran & Bob Kelly
Allison Hines
Feb 12, 2019
Aunt Alice was a very special Aunt to me. She and my Mother, Iris Glew, were the very best of friends. I always enjoyed spending time as a child and young adult with Aunt Alice and Uncle Arnold and Judy and Gail. Rest in eternal peace, Aunt Alice. I love you.
Sherry Anderson
Feb 12, 2019
Dear Family,

My heart and love are with you for the loss of your Mom, and "Big".

I have many loving memories of Big! The most memorable memories that I will keep with me until I reach the other side are of Alice's kindness and love that she extended to my brother, Bubba/Gary (Martin) especially when he needed her loving kindness and empathy the most! God Bless You Alice for sharing God's love with him and everyone one else, who needed it!

Love always!

Sherry Anderson
Vicki Kolenik
Feb 12, 2019
Alice was a sweet, loving, God loving lady and will definitely be missed. May your faith and memories sustain you!
I remember when John was away for Easter and Alice and Arnold invited 10 month old Becky and I for dinner with the family. It is a wonderful memory from 32 years ago!
Love to you at this time!
Linwood and Nancy Haley
Feb 12, 2019
Sending loven prayers to Judy ,Gail and family so sorry for your loss but she has done well this world and i'am sure she is tired now she can be with Uncle Arnold and tell him of all of their great family may you rest in peace Aunt Alice love Lin and Nan
Elaine B Fitzgerald
Feb 12, 2019
Hugs to your family! I remember your sweet Mom from when we were high school. How blessed to be raised by a loving, wonderful mother! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Feb 12, 2019
Loved helping her and her dearest Meadow's friend out by putting in a piece or two of puzzle when they got stuck.
Billie ketch
Feb 12, 2019
Rip sweet alice. I know ull be watching over your family and your meadows family. Ill never your smiling face love you forever and always. Prayers to the family and many thanks for sharing alice with us. You all are beautful loving people❤️🙏
Althea Tibbetts
Feb 12, 2019
I was privileged to meet Alice and hear so many loving stories of her love and devotion to her family and friends. The world is a better place because Alice was here and we all need to follow your example of unselfish love.
Linda HEWS
Feb 12, 2019
What a sweet, sweet lady!! I always enjoyed our conversations while cutting her hair.
Sending love and prayers to Gail and Judi and the rest of the family.
Love, Linda
Robin Brroks
Feb 11, 2019
I will always remember Big as a very welcoming, lovely and kind spirit. She will be greatly missed by all. Prayers and love being sent to the family. Love, The Brooks Family (NY)