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Portland, ME – Elizabeth S. (Meserve) Pottle, 84, of Portland died on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Mercy Hospital.  She was the wife of the late Lennie Pottle who died November 22, 2000.

Elizabeth was born in Gorham, ME on September 21, 1929 a daughter of the late Roger & Cynthia (Tripp) Meserve.  She attended local area schools and graduated from Gorham High School.

After high school she worked as a waitress until she married her husband Lennie and had their daughter Sharon.  She them became a seamstress for Healthtex in Portland before retiring due to illness.

She was a member of the Senior Citizens Program in Scarborough and loved to have lunch with the girls.  She also enjoyed watching the 1st Baptist Church on television and loved her cryptograms.  For the final 20 years of her husband’s life, she took care of him, “his angel” he called her.

She is now in heaven with her husband Lennie and her grandson Bradley, her heart of gold will be missed by her daughter Sharon M. Pottle of Portland, her grandson Louis Distasio and his wife Amanda also of Portland and his two great grandchildren James and Sara.  She also leaves his brother Robert Meserve of Raymond, ME.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the 1st Baptist Church, Canco Road Portland.  A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. followed by a burial in Highland Lake Cemetery, Westbrook.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:

American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island

Topsham, ME 04086

Thomas2c Clifford 675Scarborough – Clifford B. Thomas, 80, of Scarborough, passed away peacefully Thursday at home surrounded by his wife and four children following a brief but valiant struggle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bobbie L. (Joiner) Thomas, and four children, three daughters and one son.  They are Sherry L. Sargent of Scarborough, Donna L. Nelson of Hollis, Laurie K. Johnston of North Yarmouth and Clifford A. (Kip) Thomas, also of Scarborough; in addition to 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  He will be sadly missed by all.

He was born in Milo, ME on July 10, 1933; the only child of the late Bernice C. & Vivian M. (Strout) Thomas.  He grew up in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School in 1951.  It was during his next four years in the US Navy and while stationed in Jacksonville, Florida where he met the love of his life, Bobbie, from Pelham, GA.

Cliff spent many of his working years repairing office equipment, electronics and computers during the day.  He was self-taught in repairing TVs, and spent most evenings repairing the televisions of friends, family.  For a time his career included being the owner/operator of Music Mart, a store selling musical instruments, that he was later able to relocate to the Maine Mall.  Cliff was a hard-working family man who often worked three jobs. 

Cliff’s interests included hunting, playing baseball, and softball, and candlepin bowling.  He and his wife had belonged to a couples’ league and enjoyed bowling together.   He had a passion for building and flying model airplanes.  He and his “flying buddies” would get together whenever “the wind wasn’t blowing”.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time with these friends whether it be flying or getting together for coffee.  His love of flying even included getting his pilot’s license to fly small engine planes.  An avid New England sports fan, he watched or listened to every Red Sox game and watched golf with Bobbie by the hour.  Cliff loved being surrounded by animals, and could be counted on to bring home anything from a kitten to a Capuchin monkey, to an African Grey parrot.  He will be especially missed by his dog, Zoey.

His real love, though, was music.  He taught himself to play guitar and was a member of his uncle’s band, “The Reggie Strout Combo”.  Their group played on Saturday’s for weddings and every Saturday night at the Oak Ledge Lounge throughout the 60’s.  Cliff enjoyed picking up the guitar and playing right up until the end; he had most recently taken pleasure in helping a young neighbor with his playing.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Elm Street Methodist Church, 168 Elm Street, South Portland, where he was a member.

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Cliff’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cliff’s name to:

Elm Street Methodist Church

168 Elm Street

South Portland, ME  04106


Hospice of Southern Maine

180 US Route One

Scarborough, ME  04074        


Grove JoyceScarborough, ME - Joyce Grove, known as Gigi to all who love her, passed away surrounded by her family and close friends. She fought the cancer battle with grace, quiet courage, humor and style. She was unquestionably the finest dressed hospice patient ever to enter the program!

Joyce was born April 7, 1936 in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Springfield Hospital to Earl Ludden and Gladys Cooper Ludden.

She graduated from Classical High School in 1954 and the Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston in 1956. She went on to graduate from the Stern Brothers Executive Training Program in 1958.

On July 29th, 1961 she married Richard Frank Grove and gave birth to Todd Cooper Grove on February 8, 1963.

Maintaining her love of retailing she became a Buyer for Forbes and Wallace and worked there from 1963 to 1971 when she retired to raise her son. In 1981, she began working for Jordan Marsh in Boston where she held numerous executive positions. When the store closed, she went to work for Grossmans Lumber as a liaison between manufacturers and the company. She retired in 1996 and later worked part time for Big Y Foods until 2009. In June of 2012, she relocated to Portland, Maine to be close to her beloved family.

Gigi was a doting grandmother, a loving mom and a friend to all who were fortunate enough to enter her inner circle. She overcame adversity throughout her life by combining fierce inner strength with dignity, a wonderful sense of humor, a tightly knit group of life-long friendships and an occasional Manhattan (with a splash of Maraschino juice for good measure).

She leaves behind two grandchildren, Colin and Ethan, her daughter in-law Mary and son Todd. Also grieving her loss is her closest friend, Ginger Lawlor, who was always there and always will be.

A celebration of her life will be held in Cumberland, Maine at a time not yet determined.

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Gigi’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.

Please consider sending donations to:

Hospice of Southern Maine,

180 US Route 1

Scarborough, Maine 04074

or a local Hospice organization near you.

They are - one and all – the kindest, most capable group of caregivers any family could ever ask for. We have been blessed by their presence and could not have made it through this difficult journey without their guidance.


Todd Grove

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Lewiston- Joseph W. Walker, 75, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2013.

He was born in Westbrook on July 17th, 1938, to Albert and Sarah Elizabeth (Shackford) Walker.  He attended Portland Schools.  Joe’s fondest childhood memories were living on Peaks Island.  When he left the island he would go back and visit every summer.  Joe was a dedicated employee for the City of Portland School Department for over 20 years as a custodian at Portland Regional Vocational Technology Center.  Prior to working at Portland Regional Vocational Technology Center, he worked at Beal’s Furniture.  His hobby and passion was woodworking and refinishing furniture.  Joe was very well liked and loved by all who knew him.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife Helen (Charlesworth) Walker and his brother, Charles Walker, Robert Walker and James McPhail.  He is survived by his daughters, Alison Walker, her fiancé Robert Pooler of Auburn and Holly (Walker) Ward, her husband Kristopher Ward of New Gloucester, Grandchildren Dylan Pooler, Emily Pooler both of Auburn, Hailey Ward of New Gloucester and a grandson who is on his way.  His sister Betty Lou Staples, her husband Dana of Gorham, his sister Mary, her husband Rodney of Oxford and many nieces and nephews.  

Friends and family are invited to a graveside service for Joe, on Wednesday at 1 PM, at Brooklawn Memorial Park, with Reverend Shearman officiating.    

Anderson ChickieLEWISTON---Merlyn “Chickie” Anderson crossed over to God’s embrace peacefully November 13, 2013.

“Chickie” was born in Londonderry, NH to the late Merlyn and Frank McKinney on February 15, 1947. She had four brothers; Perry, Conrad, Lowell, and Charles, and one sister Elizabeth. She was widow to Raymond Anderson Sr. and is survived by her loving children; Christopher, Tammy, Sean, and Michelle. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Laura, Ryan, Tyler, Joshua, and Alexander.

She had a deep love for life and shared that with everyone she met. She faced every challenge with courage and valor and an indomitable fighting spirit. She applied a comic resilience with an intelligent intent to nearly every situation. She will be missed greatly.  

Online guestbook is available to share condolences at www.advantageportland.com

The funeral will be held November 24, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH at 1PM.

Donations in her honor should be directed to the Christ Episcopal Church. The florist is Ambrosia Gardens at 603-436-7000.

Arrangements by Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, Portland, ME., 899-4605

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