BANGOR – Arline M. Vardamis, 90, went home to be with Jesus, her lord and comforter Sept. 13, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at a Bangor hospital. She was born May 18, 1921, on the family farm in Franklin, daughter of Willard and Avis (Murch) Foss.
She worked at Bangor Shoe Factory for many years. In 1958 she married Fred Vardamis. They were married for 52 years. In later years, she worked in the Bangor school department in the school lunch program, retiring in 1984. Upon retiring, she continued to work as a personal companion, through Eastern Agency on Aging. Arline loved flower gardening although she was unable to garden in recent years, she never lost her appreciation of God’s artistry. Loving, kind and generous, Arline was always willing to share her abundant affection and time with people of all ages. She found great joy in simple pleasures such as a cup of hot tea, sitting under the stars, and visiting the ocean or hearing the birds sing. Arline was a faithful member of Columbia Street Baptist Church, and loved her close circle of friends in her ladies’ Bible study. She will be remembered for her jovial personality, positive outlook, gratefulness and her undying love for family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Vardamis; and daughter-in-law, Stella Marshall. Arline is survived by her son, Wayne Marshall of Dedham; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Timothy Varney of Bangor; precious grandson, Michael Varney and his fiancee, Sarah Berger; a special cousin and dear friend, Donna Hatch of Brewer; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Columbia Street Baptist Church, Bangor, with Pastor Scott McPhedran officiating. A private committal will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Arline in a special way may make donations to Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at