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PENOBSCOT – Arlene Bridges Gross, 93, died Feb. 8, 2010, at a Penobscot nursing facility. She was born Sept. 13, 1916, in Penobscot, the daughter of Fred and Annie (Herrick) Bridges. She attended school in Penobscot and graduated from Clark High School. Arlene cooked at Penobscot Elementary School for 11 years and many years at the nursing home. She worked many summers for families in the Castine area. Summers also found her out picking blueberries and selling them at her roadside stand, along with vegetables and baked items. She was known to her family and many friends as “Queen of Pies.” Arlene was a member of Order of the Eastern Star of Penobscot, Bagaduce Club and Penobscot Baptist Church. She was the honored recipient of the Boston Post Cane for Penobscot. She is survived by sons, David and wife, Patty, Cordell and wife, MaryEllen, and Mark; daughter, Alta Gross, all of Penobscot; brother, Arnold Bridges of Cape Rosier; sister, Althea Hooper and husband, Arnold, of Penobscot; sister-in-law, Betty Gross of Penobscot; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; two brothers, Merton and Harvard; and son, Sheldon. Calling hours will be held 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at South Penobscot Baptist Church with Dr. Terry Phillips officiating. Spring interment will be announced at a later date. Contributions in Arlene’s memory may be made to Clark High School Alumni Association, care of Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 55, Penobscot, ME 04476 or Peninsula Ambulance, P.O. Box 500, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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