Meredeth Shaw Crandlemire, 60

Meredeth Crandlemire

Meredeth Crandlemire

STANDISH — Meredeth Shaw Crandlemire, 60, of Standish, died on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, after a long period of failing health.

She was born on March 11, 1952, in Providence, R.I., first child of Portland native, Roger and Janet (Reynolds) Crandlemire. Although raised and educated in Massachusetts, Meredeth came to Maine upon finishing school, seeking the simpler, resourceful way of life she had embraced during extended stays with her grandparents.

A true Pisces, Meredeth was creative, intuitive and a fierce defender of those perceived to need a helping hand. Originally trained as a teacher, she had a 40-year career in accounting and IT, remaining committed to literacy, the arts, progressive politics, and similar causes. She was an ardent supporter of social justice, humanitarian and environmental causes, and a Junior Achievement volunteer for 14 years. She felt fortunate to have had opportunities to travel extensively before becoming ill.

She was predeceased by two aunts, three uncles; a cousin; and several cherished pets.

Survivors include her parents; brothers, Geoffrey in Idaho and Brooks in Hawaii; her sister, Heather in Bridgton; two nieces and two nephews.

Meredeth felt blessed to have had the fine care she received and the opportunity to pass her time in such a beautiful place. She was grateful for the special support of her sister and former employer.

Graveside services will be held in the Village Cemetery, Raymond, at a time to be announced. For online condolences, please visit Arrangements entrusted to Dolby Funeral Chapel, Windham.

Although Meredeth very much loved flowers, especially Irises, it was her wish that mourners contribute to Catholic, children’s or animal refuge causes in her memory if so moved, buying themselves a bouquet of remembrance as well.

She was a temperamental, generous, private, intelligent, compassionate and emotional perfectionist, prickly and one of a kind.

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