Verna H. Pendleton, 89, died Aug. 17, 2010, at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Second Baptist Church of Islesboro, with the Rev. David R. Bareford officiating.

Verna Allison Gray was born Dec. 29, 1920, in Camden to Emery Dodge Gray and Florence (Barton) Gray. She graduated from North Brooksville High School in 1939 in the building built by her grandfather Gray.

Verna, a wife, mother and homemaker, spent many years providing delicious meals for private homes, Islesboro Central School and the Tarratine Yacht Club. She received the honor of Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star. Her daughters looked on with pride at Verna, through great tenacity and determination, as she received an associate’s degree in science at the University of Maine in 1990 at the age of 70.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Forrest Raymond Hale, in 1965, her second husband, Albert “Bucky” Pendleton; three brothers, Howard, Stephen and Douglas Gray; and three sisters, Alta Cole, Barbara Webber and Irene Gray.

Verna leaves behind four daughters, Anne Smith, Rita Smith, Linda Sarkany and Kathy Paradis; 29 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be on Islesboro, where she lived for more than 50 years, at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boardman Cottage, Islesboro.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at