JACKSON — Beverly A. Ludden, 85, went to be with her beloved husband, parents and sister,July 29, 2020. She passed away at Harbor Hill Center, with her family by her side.
Beverly was born on October 12, 1934 in Belfast, the oldest child of Jefferson and Florence (Dodge) Eldridge of Jackson. She attended Jackson Corner and Brooks High School. Later in life she went to Mount View High School where she received her GED, and Waldo Regional Vocational School where she received her C.N.A. certificate.
She was a very hard worker. She began working at Black & Gay Canning Factory, she and her late husband raised their family on a chicken farm, she was a school bus driver for 42 years for MSAD 3, she worked as a C.N.A. for 36 years at Bradbury Manor and Tall Pines Nursing homes, she also worked at the following places: Brooks IGA, Kno-Wal-In, Penquis Association, volunteer working at Monroe School.
Her most enjoyable job was writing the Jackson News column for the Republican Journal. She was a member of the following: the Jackson Church, Jackson Grange, AJCHC board and ambulance crew, Jackson & Monroe Extensions, Jackson Corner Cemetery board. She also ran the Jackson 4-H club, Jackson Horse Shows and the Jackson Girls softball team.
Beverly loved to take pictures of anything and everything, especially her family and wedding pictures for people. She was always seen with her camera in hand. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and scrapbooking. She collected Nativity Scenes, owls, and cups. She enjoyed watching her Soaps, games shows, and especially the Boston Red Sox,and to shop on QVC for her family. One of her favorite things was to drive the school bus for the sports and Chamber Singer trips for her grandkids.
Other than her children and their families, there were two really memorable events that she always reminisced about: attending a Red Sox game with her son Johnny, daughter in law Debbie and daughter Lisa; the second was going on a Carribean Cruise with Lisa and 3 of her nurse friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert (Jr.) Ludden, sister Lucille Curtis, and her parents.
She is survived by her 3 children: sons-Albert Ludden III (Johnny) & wife Debbie (whom Beverly thought of as another daughter), Jeffrey Ludden & wife Cindy, and daughter Lisa Ludden & significant other Derek Chandler; 5 grandchildren – Brandi Ludden & significant other Dave Dyer, Michelle Ludden & significant other Victor Amaro, AJ Ludden & wife Becca, LeeAnn Roberts & husband Eric, Christopher Larrabee & wife Brooke; 5 great granddaughters- Scout Dyer, Ella Ludden, Madyson and Hannah Ludden, Elaine Larrabee.
She is survived by her sister Shirley Chadbourne and husband Leonard, and her brother Robert Eldridge, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Many thanks to the staff at Harbor Hill Center in Belfast. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beverly Ludden Scholarship fund. Please send any donations to the following:
Waldo County Technical Center, ℅ Scholarship Committee for Beverly Ludden Scholarship Fund, 1022 Waterville Road, Waldo, ME 04915
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 4 - 6 p.m., at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Please be mindful that the state mandates face coverings at these public events.
There will be graveside services held at the Jackson Corner Cemetery in Jackson, on Saturday August 1, 2020, at 12 noon. A gathering will be held following the graveside service at the Dixmont Snowmobile Club in Dixmont.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ripostafh.com