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Evelyn Deraspe Arbor

September 22, 1926August 29, 2020
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MEXICO---Evelyn Deraspe Arbor was born to Hubert Deraspe and Mary Young Deraspe on September 22, 1926 at their home on 37 Kimball Avenue, Mexico, Maine. She died on August 29, 2020 at the age of 93. Her hard-working parents had migrated from a coal mining area of the Madeleine Islands, Canada, to the papermill life in Western Maine where they attended St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and raised their large family. As a child Evelyn loved climbing trees, and collected pretty handkerchiefs and all shapes and sizes of boxes. As a young student she attended St. Theresa’s School. From there she attended public school where she loved working in the office and the new friends she made there. When recovering from scarlet fever in isolation at home she learned to embroider. In later life she enjoyed making pillowcases and napkins as gifts for friends and family. Evelyn attended Mexico High School and was a member of the class of 1944, a class that felt the full brunt of WWII. At her senior prom the girls danced with each other, as all the boys, including her brothers, were overseas. Evelyn always loved to read and was a good student, graduating as her class “Salutatorian.” In high school she pursued the commercial course and was very quick with both typing and taking shorthand. She became secretary to the principal, joined the Glee Club, the Commercial Club, and earned a Varsity “M” for playing four years of basketball. She kept her orange and black uniform carefully packed away and later loved to cheer for the Celtics, especially Larry Bird. After graduation she passed a Civil Service exam and was recruited to work in the Pentagon. She was assigned to the Signal Service, “Office of the Chief Signal Officer. “ There she received actual combat films to caption and refer to the Generals’ area where they studied them, using the new information to direct on-going battles. Homesick for Maine and her family after a year in the capital, Evelyn returned from Washington to work at the Rumford Falls Trust Company as secretary to the president, Paul C. Thurston, for seven and a half years. Later she worked at the Franklin Savings Bank in Mexico, Maine, as head teller. On March 31st, 1951, she married Joseph Arbor of Spruce Street, Rumford, who worked as a traveling salesman for Frost Motor Oil Company. Later he worked for the local paper mill so that he could be closer to his wife and growing family. Evelyn and Joe loved each other and their children. They greatly enjoyed time at their camp at Garland Pond, fishing, picking berries, and playing pinochle with their good friends, Wilma and Norman Belanger. Evelyn leaves behind seven living children of whom she was very proud: Emilie Arbor Moran and her husband, Peter Moran, of Hudson, MA; Ann Arbor and her husband, John Rosenwald, of Farmington, Maine; Charles Arbor of Mexico, Maine, and his companion, Ellen Hall, of Portland, Maine; Gerald Arbor and his wife, Betty Jean Heaney, of Chesterton, Indiana; Hugh Arbor and his husband John Walk, of Cathedral City, California; Carol McEvoy and her husband, Tom McEvoy, of Barrington, Illinois; and Christine Arbor and her husband, Michael Nall, of Pacific Grove, California. Evelyn was also pre-deceased by three children, Edward, Mary, and Gregory Arbor, who died in infancy but always remained close to her heart. She called them, “her little angels.” She devoted her life to her family, her husband, her children, her parents, her siblings, her many wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, and all those they loved. She was a good neighbor, and a good friend, treasuring especially her friendship with Wilma Belanger and Leola LeCoeurs, with whom she drank many cups of tea. Her sharp eyes enabled her to always balance her checkbook to the penny and to be the first to find a four-leaf clover on any sunny hillside. Evelyn was generous with her time, often helping others with their paperwork and their mending. She also volunteered in the office at Meroby Elementary School for seventeen years, where she enjoyed working on special projects to help the overly busy secretary. Evelyn was famous for her homemade pies and donuts, often delivering them by surprise to teachers’ lounges, car mechanics, or neighbors. She was known for being wicked good at cribbage and gin rummy, for loving a good book and a good movie. She loved her exercise class, which she attended regularly, and her bowling team, where she won trophies for being the most improved player. She could also be counted on as a reliable administrator, organizing basketball games for a women’s league after the war, monthly luncheons for the Class of ’44 and their reunions. During the forties and fifties she created with two friends a club of young professionals, called Club Eighteen, on the island in Rumford. With them she loved to explore areas of New England and Canada and to jitterbug whenever she got the chance. She also loved to travel, to visit her family and friends in Chicago, New York, California, Massachusetts, London, Shanghai, France, and Holland. She was proud to meet long-lost relatives in the Madeleine Islands in Canada, to see Stonehenge, Thomas Hardy country, the British Museum, the Anne Frank Museum, the French countryside, the Great Wall, and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. She was a devout Catholic and attended Parish of the Holy Savior in Rumford. She loved her family, her community and her country, enjoying every encounter with those she met near and far. She believed charity began at home but did not end there and loved to retell of encounters that made an impact on her like when she once heard Eleanor Roosevelt give a speech to raise money for war bonds. After the talk, as Eleanor walked down the aisle, Evelyn reached out and touched her sleeve. It was a moment she would never forget. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, Hubert and Mary Deraspe, and her siblings, Albert Deraspe, Ella Deraspe Giroux, Eugene (Tanny) Deraspe, Georgina Deraspe Warner, Louise Deraspe Perry, James Deraspe, John Deraspe, Alice Deraspe McLaughlin, Patricia Deraspe Holland, and George Edward Deraspe. Evelyn Deraspe Arbor was a spirited good woman, who worked hard and lived a good life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com Visiting hours will be held on Friday September 4, 2020 at the funeral home from 4-7pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services will be private at this time and interment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Rumford at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of SG Thibault Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 250 Penobscot St. Rumford, 364-4366.

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Maddy Srsensult

September 5, 2020

I was unable to make it to the visitation for Evelyn but I see her every day in that wonderful picture that I have of Evelyn, Wilma, and Doris. It is right above my sink so I look at it all the time. Love those women. I have such fond memories and although I could not be there myself, My heart and prayers were with you all. For those of you who don’t know, I now live in Freeport. She was wonderful, a pleasure and so much fun. Had a lot of laughs with Evelyn

Beverly Desjardins

September 5, 2020

My condolences to all of the Arbor family. Wow... so many wonderful things I did not know about your Mom, truly inspirational.. From the many years with Gerry sitting nearby in classes, to the shenanigans with Hubert, traveling to Russia with Ann, and many others too numerous to mention, but all experiences a testament to the qualities of family your parents raised! May happy memories buoy you through these days. Know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gloria & Roland Patneaude

September 4, 2020

We are so sad to hear of your Mom's passing . I followed you on Face book and it was so nice to see you taking good care of her . You did make her days so special. Keep the memories they live on forever. Our deepest Sympathy.

Diane Mitchell

September 4, 2020

What a dynamic lady!! I surely enjoyed my talks with Evelyn at the Relay For Life events, and when I delivered flowers to her at her home. My deepest condolences to all the Arbor Family. Thank you ,Chuck, for keeping us posted of her adventures through Facebook ! We will miss her smile and adventures!

Bing and Denise Cross

September 2, 2020

Please except our condolences for your Moms passing. We both loved your Mom and her famous donuts 🍩. Building the Harley Hut as I will call it. She was always looking out for Bing doing his carpentry work. Coffee breaks where a must. We are thinking of your family.

Pete LeCours

September 2, 2020

Condolences to the Arbor Family and sorry for your loss. I will always cherish the memories of Evelyn and her life long friendship with our mother Leola. What a wonderful life she lived and an awesome family she helped raise with Joe.

Bill Mattor

September 2, 2020

My condolences to the Arbor family. Chuck we just talked about caring for our parents. You did a great job and I’m sure mom appreciated it. Good job buddy.

Doris Jamison- Porter

September 2, 2020

Thoughts and Prayers to the entire family....

Jacky Arsenault

September 2, 2020

To The Arbors,
May your Mom RIP and meet all of her Angels in Heaven where she can rest.
We will all have great memories of Garland Pond and “The Arbor family”.

Thinking of you all......
The Chenard Family

Darlene K Hayden

September 2, 2020

My condolence to all the family and Chuck I will miss watching all your adventures with poor Nanny in tow. I know she will always be with you however in your heart. God Bless.

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