Wilma A. Avery

Wilma Arlene Avery, 82, of Casco, died Tuesday, May 08, 2012, peacefully with her family by her side. She was born in Raymond, May 3rd, 1930, the daughter of Ivory and Lillian Robinson. She married Gilbert Avery on July 31, 1948. She was employed by Howard Johnsons in Naples in the 1940’s before marrying, and then worked for Dielectric communications in Raymond for many years before retiring. She loved to knit sweaters and blankets, and sold many of them at Little Rigby Antiques, the shop that her and her husband owned in Casco. She loved to fish, and spent many days at her favorite fishing hole, trying to catch just the right one for dinner. Through the years, most Friday nights would find her at the Odd Fellows in Windham with her sisters Norma and Winnie, playing Beano, followed by Wednesday nights at the Legion in Naples with Winnie and Ruth. In 1947, she was crowned Maine’s Apple Queen, and was known to those who loved her as “Apple Annie”. Wilma was a loved member of her community, and spent many years supporting her husband in his duties with the Casco Fire Department. She loved to attend Casco Days, not missing a year since the very first one. She could always be found in her favorite seat under the Beano Tent. She and her husband had two sons, Russell and Scott, to whom she was a devoted mother. Her biggest joy in recent years were her two grandsons whom she cherished every single day.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gilbert R. Avery. A son, Scott W. Avery and his wife, Shannon. Her two beloved grandsons, Tyler R. Avery, and Payson S. Avery, all of Casco. Her brother Bud Ivory Robinson and his wife Ruth, of Naples, and a sister Winnie Hanscom of Casco. She was predeceased by a son, Russell I. Avery, of Casco and her three sisters, Elizabeth Jordan, of South Portland, Norma Paige, of Windam, and Estella Bridge of Westbrook.

Visiting hours will be held at Hall Funeral Home from 6pm-8pm on Thursday May 10, 2012 where a funeral service will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012. On-line condolences may be left for the family at hallfuneralhomeinc.com.

In Lieu of flowers, whomever wishes can make a donation in her name to the Casco Senior Meal site, or the Casco Recreation Dept.

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