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Edith Ladd

Edith Ladd

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
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EDITH B. LADD
BELFAST……………..Edith Blethen Ladd departed this life, March 3, 2020. She was born in Thorndike, Maine on November 11, 1926, to George and Annie Wilton Blethen. George and Annie each had six children from their previous marriages, together and between them had twenty children. Edith was the second child of eight with seven brothers.
When Edie was fourteen she left her home in Knox to attend high school in Belfast and worked for her room and board. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1944. Edie worked as a beautician at Georgie’s Beauty Shop which was located on Main Street in Belfast. Edie married John Ladd on April 26, 1947, after he returned from military service in the Army Air Corps after WWII.
Edie left Georgie’s to raise four children and ten thousand chickens with her husband John, next to the Passagassawakeag River on the Waterville Road in Belfast. Eventually, as the children grew older and the poultry ranch lost out to the economy of scale with larger and larger farms, Edie went back to hairdressing. She also delivered mail between the Searsport, Stockton Springs and Sandy Point Post Office twice a day, six days a week for many years. While waiting for the return mail, she developed a steady client base often doing a permanent or a cut in the general store where the post office was located. She also went back working part time at Georgie’s during the sixties and early seventies. Some years before that, she worked at Penobscot Frozen Foods, made sandwiches for the local store, Christmas wreaths during the season, and sold Avon products. Edie always enjoyed working and being busy.
Edie loved reading, losing her vision to macular degeneration was difficult for her to accept. She fought for many years having treatments but eventually it robbed her of many of the things she enjoyed doing, especially cooking and feeding people. One of her grandchildren’s friends referred to her house as Meme’s restaurant. There were always pies, doughnuts, and yeast rolls on the counter and homemade food in the refrigerator. For decades Edie summoned her family and their friends to Sunday dinners, holidays and birthdays. Her home was the center of activity and family life.
She was predeceased by her husband John; grandson Josh Ladd, grandson in law Shanon Post; sons in law Richard Clark, and Geoffrey Spears; brothers, Burleigh Blethen, wife Gisela, Basil Blethen, wife Julia, Perry Blethen, wife Thirma, and Parker Blethen, wife Bernice; Sisters, Pauline, husband Vernon Ryder, Mildred, husbands Michael Malta, and Benjamin Algeri; her sister in law Margret Ladd Eckman, husband Hugo Eckman, brother in Law Bob Otis; and a special nephew Henry Eckman.
She is survived by her children, Marcia Ladd Spears, Annette Ladd Williams, Daniel Ladd and wife, Maureen, and Samuel Ladd; grandchildren, Jake Ladd, wife Wanda, Cassie Bilodeau, husband Steve, Kristin Post Goodwin, husband Ryan Goodwin, Samantha Ladd, and Bridget Ladd Bowen, husband Mike, and Joshua’s widow, Sharen Ladd; great grandchildren, Jacob Bilodeau, Ryan Bilodeau, Alexandra Ladd, Joshua Ladd, Makylah Ladd, Josie Ladd, Ethan Post, Freyja Goodwin, and Ashton Post; brothers, Floyd Blethen, wife Vera, Roger Blethen, wife Carolyn, and Stacy Blethen, wife Nancy; sister in law Virginia Ladd Otis.
It is not possible to summarize a life of ninety three years, however suffice to say Edie touched many hearts in her long and productive life and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

There will be a graveside service at the Head of the Tide Cemetery 10:00, June 20th for family and friends to attend.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers please donate to the WCGH Hospice. HVOWC, PO Box 772, Belfast, ME 04915.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

Services have been canceled, and will be re-announced at a later date.
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Bindy Pendleton

Posted at 09:06pm
My earliest memories of Edie was back when you all lived over in the little house by the River and my Mom would go over to get her hair cut while us kids played with you kids. And it seemed like there'd always be cookies or doughnuts passed out. One of my most significant memories was the day my mother & I conspired to 'cut my braids off' despite my Dads wishes to the contrary. By this time you were living over in the big house & I was on high school swim team which caused my hair/braids to mildew. That was when I learned that Edie was not only good at cutting hair but also had stories to tell. Then many years later she joined my Mom & several other woman in one of Belfast's first Gentle Yoga Classes that I taught at the Belfast Yoga Studio. What I admired about Edie then was her pragmatic positive persistence at something that obviously was not easy for her. And she would keep at it with such philosophical humor that it was a boon for the whole class. One of her "sayings" still comes to me now, "getting old is not for sissies":) She definitely was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

Thankfully, she passed before this virus hit so friends & family could be with her. My empathy will be with you all as you navigate on without her. Hope to be able to join you @ HOT Cemetery in June.
All the best, Bindy Pendleton

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