Ardern Mace Pendleton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 after a long struggle with complicated health issues. She was born in 1935 in Medford, Ore., the daughter of Don Mace and Elizabeth Goode (nee Cameron) who were homesteading on the banks of the Nestucca River.

After attending 26 schools all across the country while growing up, Ardern went back to college after she had started her family — completing four years of requirements in three years and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1964 from the University of Maine, Orono. She later went on to continue her master’s studies at the University of Maine, Orono in library science.

Ardern taught middle school for many years in Searsport, and then later in Zephyrhills, Fla. She took great pride in her teaching opportunities and her students, later retiring on Cape Cod to be near her family. She had a passion for reading and was very active in the theater group “Ebb Tiders” in Searsport.

She loved to travel and was especially fond of her time spent with her family living in Bombay (now Mumbai), India and her visits to Italy and Greece.

Ardern is survived by her son, Don, and his wife Anne; four grandchildren, Megan, Brett, Michael and his wife Andrea, and Kristen and her husband Brian; as well as four great-grandchildren. She also left a brother, Don Mace and his family of Virginia.

She was predeceased by two sons, Earle (Nick) and Michael; as well as her two former husbands, Elden Pendleton and Hazen Nickerson. She asked to be remembered to her extended families for their love and kindness through the years.

Services will be private at her request and arrangements were made by the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home in Westwood, Mass. She will be laid to rest in the Mount Recluse Cemetery in Stockton Springs.