Evelyn A. Charron
ORONO -- Evelyn A. Charron, 94, died in Orono on August 25, 2011.
Evelyn was born in Boston, MA on June 3, 1917. She graduated from Dorchester High School for girls in 1935 and worked for the National War Labor Board in Boston.
At 30 years old, she moved to Maine with her husband, Ted, and lived for 25 years in East Dixfield where they owned a store and gas station. During that time, Evelyn developed her consummate cooking skills – becoming famous for her “Blue Ribbon” apple pie and penuche fudge; grew into a crossword puzzler extraordinaire, knitter and crocheter; and was a devoted wife and mother to her two children, Marlene and Ted.
Evelyn was a member Eastern Star for 50 years. A lifelong Methodist, Evelyn was a faithful member of the Wilton Methodist Church for 24 years, taught Sunday school, was active in Junior Unit and United Methodist Women, and served on numerous committees.
Evelyn then lived in Rumford for 37 years. There, she was very active in the Virgin Memorial Methodist Chapel, including being a lay leader, and in civic and charitable organizations. In 1984, Evelyn founded a non-denominational organization, Widows and Widowers Sharing (WOWS), which continues to be a valuable community resource today.
Evelyn also was committed to helping the visually-impaired in the VIPS Program, volunteered in the Lifeline Unit at the Rumford Community Hospital and served on the Board of the Oxford County Association for Retarded Children (HOPE Association). She travelled extensively in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Israel, Egypt, the Bahamas, and Canada. In 2006, to live closer to her daughter, Evelyn moved to the Ellen Leach Memorial Residence at Brewer.
Evelyn, predeceased by her husband, Ted, in 1977, is survived by a daughter, Marlene Charron and son-in-law, Ludlow Hallman of Bangor; a son, Ted Charron, and daughter-in-law, Marjorie Charron, of New York City; grandsons, Ryland Charron-Smith, Joe and Sam Hallman of Bangor, and James Hallman of Seoul, Korea; a granddaughter, Aurora Charron; great-granddaughter, Selene Baker, of Dorchester, MA; a sister, June Shaw; brother-in-law, John Shaw; and nieces, Julie and Janet of Wyckoff, NJ.
A memorial service to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be held on October 2, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in the Virgin Memorial Methodist Chapel, 455 Linnell St., Rumford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005-1703.