Arlene M. McNeal

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Brunswick - Arlene M. McNeal, 84, passed away peacefully April 23, 2019, at her home in Brunswick. She was born in Presque Isle, the daughter of James Archie and Mamie (Good) Porter.
Arlene graduated from Caribou High School in 1951. Arlene and William (Bill) E. McNeal married in 1952 and celebrated 66 years of steadfast love. The couple made homes for their family in Caribou, Augusta and, Brewer. Throughout her life, Arlene worked as a bookkeeper for many companies, including the Caribou Hotel, Maine Potato Bag Company, Central Maine Power and Dead River. Arlene's creative and artistic talents were an important part of her life. She was an accomplished gardener, arranged flowers, created artistic crafts, and stenciled the handmade wooden furniture made by Bill. Together they enjoyed selling their work at juried craft shows throughout Eastern Maine. Arlene was an active member of the Second Congregational Church in Brewer. Many looked forward to her home-made contributions to bake sales, church suppers and Sunday fellowship coffees. Arlene lived her life with a song in her heart and inspired those around her as a wife, mother, grandmother and strong, independent woman. She will be greatly missed.
Arlene is survived by her sons, William P. McNeal and wife, Elizabeth Kreigh, of Topsham, Thomas McNeal and wife, Stacie, of Annapolis, Maryland; a daughter, Beth Harris and husband, Jeff, of Mandeville, Louisiana; and five grandchildren, Megan, Erin, Ashwini, Audrey, and Ryan.
A Service of Remembrance will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Second Congregational Church of Brewer, 607 South Main Street, Brewer, with Rev. David Morrison officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments in the church hall immediately following the service, Sunday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Caribou. The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Thornton Hall Assisted Living in Brunswick for their outstanding friendship, care and support. Condolences to the family be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
Published on May 20, 2019
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Rowena zzc
May 21, 2019
Tina Ferrill
May 21, 2019
I was blessed to get to know Arlene during a time when she needed some companionship. I enjoyed our days together and the occasional giggle when we would get doing something and she would share a memory. She loved her gardens and we spent time in them cleaning out and weeding.
My sympathy goes out to the whole family, I so sorry for your loss, after losing your dad not so long ago, but I rest in the knowledge that she loved the Lord and we will all be reunited one day again!
Jean Schinck
May 20, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Arlene was a lovely lady. I.always looked forward to your mothers visit to the salon. Conversations from gardening to cooking. She always had a happy smile.
Jean Schinck
Headlines Salon
Ray and Sue Howard
May 20, 2019
Tom--Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time. Love always!!