M. Ardis Abbott

May 21, 1917February 15, 2013

OLD TOWN – Muriel “Ardis” Abbott passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Bangor. She was born May 21, 1917, in Northport, the daughter of Clarence O. and Edna M. (Miller) Woodbury.

Ardis attended a one-room schoolhouse in Northport through eighth grade, and then went on to Crosby High School, Belfast, graduating in 1935. Subsequent to high school she worked for a couple of years to save money to put herself through Maine School of Commerce – Husson College, Bangor, where she graduated with honors in 1940. Her first teaching assignments were at high school level, in Sherman Mills and then in Oakland. While working one summer at Cold Stream Pond in Enfield, she met her future husband, Robert F. Abbott. Robert served in the Army during World War II, and they wrote many letters back and forth while he was stationed overseas. When he returned from England as the war ended, Ardis and Robert married in Belfast, Feb. 4, 1946. Together, they built a house and settled on Abbott Street in Old Town. Ardis taught at Bangor High School until their children, Gail, Priscilla, Janice and Jeffrey were born. While her children grew up, Ardis worked as a special education teacher at the Cerebral Palsy Center, Bangor. Additionally, Ardis worked as a salesperson for the Laurene Co. and later for Friendly Home Parties, where she earned many awards for her sales and recruiting efforts. Always a hard-worker, Ardis retired from her sales career at age 90, but only because the company went out of business. Her church was very important to her, and Ardis was a member of United Methodist Church, Old Town, for 67 years, serving on the board of trustees for a period of time. Ardis was also an active member of the Old Town YMCA where she swam daily for 17 years, organized a quilting club and participated in senior fitness classes. Ardis created many beautiful quilts and particularly enjoyed making quilts with intricate designs. Ardis treasured her family and was supportive, loving and caring to them as well as others in so many ways.

Ardis was predeceased by her husband, Robert; her son, Jeffrey; her sister, Dorothy; and brother, Osgood. She is survived by her daughters, Gail and her husband, Michael Kay, of Skowhegan, Priscilla Abbott of York and Janice and husband, Jim Ellis, of Dover-Foxcroft and Spring Hill, Fla.; sister, Betty Collins; brother, David Woodbury; her grandchildren, Theresa, James, Jeffrey, Meaghan, Rory, Melissa, Katie and Matthew; and great-grandchildren, Zachary, Bryce, Mason, Dawson and Courtney.

A memorial service will be held to honor Ardis’ life 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at United Methodist Church, Stillwater Avenue, Old Town. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to causes meaningful to Ardis: Old Town YMCA Senior Citizens Fund, 472 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468; Old Town United Methodist Church, 744 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468; or Crossroads Ministries, 2 Wood St., Old Town, ME 04468. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at


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Paul and Carolyn Beaudoin

March 19, 2013

So sorry to hear the sad news. We are thinking of you and your family.

March 11, 2013

May God grant you peace at this difficult time.Romans15:13

March 5, 2013

My sympathy on the loss of your mother. I knew her from the Y pool, inspired by her resolve to keep fit and live each day fully. Proud of you, her daughters, she relished the time spent with family at holiday dinners and recent trips to Florida. Would that we all may age with her wisdom and grace. I will miss her. Mary Moreau

Bill&Betsy Emerson

February 26, 2013

So sorry to hear about Ardis passing. She was a fantastic woman. We were fortunate to have her in our lives daily when we lived next to her. She was a treasure! I know where she is the garden won't grow weeds and the deer won't be eating her beautiful flowers. Our thoughts are with you all.

Lillian McKay

February 23, 2013

I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a friend for many years from way back when your family and mine were in school and at the Old Town Methodist Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jacklyn Clements

February 21, 2013

Mrs Abbot was my teacher in 1947-1948 in Oakland. I had lost contact with her until 1955 when I moved to Stillwater so that my husband John could attend College. I was out selling Avon and she came to the door. We were very happy to see each other I actually started selling Lauren Products for her for 2 winters in the summer I worked at the Big Dipper in West Enfield the business that I owned. How many people at 82 years old can say that their teacher was still living until Feb 2013. I am certin that she leaves a great void in her families lives because she was a wonderful woman. God Bless You.

February 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, I had only met her briefly, but in that brief visit I was impressed by how courageous, strong and beautiful a person she was. I only wish I could have known her longer. My thoughts and prayers to you all in this difficult time, sincerely Christine Hallsworth (PT dept. EMMC)

Karen Benson-Delaware

February 20, 2013

My deepest sympathies go out to all your family. Ardis was a lovely and gracious woman and will always be remembered fondly by my family.

February 20, 2013

Our family was so sorry to hear about Ardis passing. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. She touched so many hearts and she will always be remembered.

Sandy & Jim Day and Family(Old Town,Me)

Steven & Linda

February 19, 2013

Thinking of you at this sad time and wishing you comfort in the days ahead.