EDGECOMB – C. Audrey Giles Chase, 95, of Cross Point Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Safe Havens, Saint Andrew’s Village, Boothbay Harbor. Audrey celebrated her 95th birthday, June 3, 2009. That day was marked by the presence of family and friends who gathered to celebrate and remember how she had touched their lives. Audrey was born June 3, 1914, in Boothbay Harbor, a daughter of Benjamin M. and Nettie (Rowe) Giles. She was the fifth child born into a family of 12 children. All of Audrey’s schooling took place in Boothbay Harbor schools. Several years ago she celebrated her 75th Boothbay Harbor High School reunion. Summers she would work on Squirrel Island and often at Patten’s Restaurant, then located at the end of the Foot Bridge in Boothbay Harbor. Because Audrey was such an intelligent woman, there were people who would have paid for her to go on to college. Instead she chose to seek adventure by moving, with a family, to New Jersey. Before we knew the word “au pair,” Audrey practiced it. On April 8, 1939, Audrey married John Chase of North Edgecomb. They would begin their life together in the log cabin that John had built for them. Audrey’s love of people, adventure, nature and travel led her to encounter many people. For years she drove to Brunswick to swim with her sister, Iva, and Evergreens’ Senior Citizen Group. For the 70 years that Audrey lived in Edgecomb she was a key participant in the community and church activities. Audrey was a faithful member of Edgecomb Congregational Church United Church of Christ. She was predeceased by her husband, John Chase; one son, Daniel E. Chase; four brothers, Lermond Giles, Drummond Giles, Bobby Giles and Harold Giles; four sisters, Leta Giles Conners, Lavinia Giles Conners, Iva Giles Koerber and Peggy Giles Hathorne; many nieces and nephews. She is survived by one daughter, the Rev. Constance Chase Wells of Damariscotta; one brother, Benjamin Giles of China; two sisters, Betty Giles Richardson of West Bath and Pat Giles Adams and her husband, Robert, of Boothbay Harbor; one brother-in-law, Merle Hathorne of York; nine grandchildren, Alan John Wells, Jeffrey Wells and his wife, Allison, Susan Winkler and her husband, David, Tim Wells and his wife, Kristin, Andrew Roth Wells and his wife, Nina, Jonathan Chase, Tom Chase, Jennifer Chase, and George Chase and his wife, Sofia; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Edgecomb Congregational Church U.C.C., Edgecomb, with the Rev. Tom Clough officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Edgecomb Congregational Church U.C.C., P.O. Box 113, Edgecomb, ME 04556. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 40 Federal St., Wiscasset. Condolences may be made online at www.daiglefuneralhome.com.
C. AUDREY GILES CHASE
Posted Aug. 12, 2009, at 8:04 p.m.