Arlene I. Gordan, 88

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Arlene I. Gordan

WESTBROOK — Arlene I. Gordan, 88, of Westbrook, passed on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

She was born in Westbrook on March 3, 1925, the daughter of Earl and Gladys (Nelson) Smith. She was one of five siblings.

Arlene lived her entire life in Westbrook.

In April 1949, she married the love of her life, William A. Gordan Sr. They only spent 20 years together before he passed away in 1969. Arlene then took on the role of both mother and father to their two sons. Her biggest joy was when she had grandchildren and was then known as Grammy to them and all of their friends. To the surprise of the family, she enrolled in classes to receive her high school diploma in 2000.

Arlene worked all her life from the old A & P store, to Fairchild, and later on in life at Art’s Variety.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband, William A. Gordan Sr.

She is survived by her sister, Jane Smith; her two sons, William Jr. of Westbrook and Scott of Raymond; her four granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Friends and family are invited to visiting hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Blais and Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church Street, Westbrook. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the spring at Arlington Cemetery, Windham. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Arlene’s memory to: The Westbrook Historical Society, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook, ME 04092.

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