DOVER-FOXCROFT – Arline Mary Mischler King Dean, 91, died unexpectedly Friday, March 22, 2013, while visiting her daughter in Vacaville, Calif. She was born Aug. 20, 1921, in East Braintree, Mass., to Beatrice (Poulin) and Joseph Mischler.
Arline was raised by her grandparents in Dexter and graduated from N.H. Fay High School in 1939. In 1940, she married Philip King, who was later killed in World War II, and they had one daughter. She then married Ronald Dean in 1946 and had six more children. Arline had a wonderful attitude and was very active in the community, volunteering at Hibbard Nursing Home, Mayo Regional Hospital and at Togus. She was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dexter. She loved playing in the community band and singing with several community groups. She especially enjoyed talking and making friends wherever she went, traveling, quilting, crocheting, knitting and feeding the birds. She retired from Hathaway Shirt Co. and continued to meet her Hathaway shirt co-workers once a month for lunch. She enjoyed eating breakfast at McDonald’s with her friends. Arline loved the Red Hat Society and could be seen the first Monday of every month dressed in her Red Hat regalia, having breakfast at McDonald’s.
Arline is survived by her children, Bea (King) Sauvage and husband, Jim, of Buckeye, Ariz., Barbie Dean of Vacaville, Calif., Martha Andrews and husband, Sam, of Atkinson, Grace Langley and husband, Rick, of Squapan, Joe and wife, Tami, of Olney Bucks, England, and Cathy Buckley and husband, Mike, of Harmony. She leaves 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, many friends from California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, England, as well as many, many from Maine. She was predeceased by her parents; infant brother; first husband, Philip King; second husband, Ronald; and daughter, Mary Beth.
Friends and family are invited to call noon until the time of memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Father Kent Ouellette officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s memory to American Cancer Society, One Main Street, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.