Beverly A. Ludden

Jul 30, 2020
Beverly Ludden

Jackson — Beverly A. Ludden, 85, went to be with her beloved husband, parents and sister July 29, 2020. She passed away at Harbor Hill Center, with her family by her side. Beverly was born Oct. 12, 1934, in Belfast, the oldest child of Jefferson and Florence (Dodge) Eldridge of Jackson.

She attended Jackson Corner and Brooks High School. Later in life she went to Mount View High School, where she received her GED, and Waldo Regional Vocational School, where she received her CNA certificate. She was a very hard worker. She began working at Black & Gay canning factory, she and her late husband raised their family on a chicken farm, she was a school bus driver for 42 years for MSAD 3, and she worked as a CNA for 36 years at Bradbury Manor and Tall Pines nursing homes. She also worked at the following places: Brooks IGA, Kno-Wal-Lin, and Penquis Association as a volunteer working at Monroe School. Her most enjoyable job was writing the Jackson news column for The Republican Journal.

She was a member of the following: the Jackson Church, Jackson Grange, AJCHC board and ambulance crew, Jackson & Monroe Extensions, Jackson Corner Cemetery board. She also ran the Jackson 4-H club, Jackson Horse Shows and the Jackson girls' softball team.

Beverly loved to take pictures of anything and everything, especially her family and wedding pictures for people. She was always seen with her camera in hand. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and scrapbooking. She collected nativity scenes, owls and cups. She enjoyed watching her soaps, game shows, and especially the Boston Red Sox, and to shop on QVC for her family. One of her favorite things was to drive the school bus for the sports and Chamber Singer trips for her grandkids.

Other than her children and their families, there were two really memorable events that she always reminisced about: attending a Red Sox game with her son Johnny, daughter-in-law Debbie and daughter Lisa; the second was going on a Caribbean cruise with Lisa and three of her nurse friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert (Jr.) Ludden, sister Lucille Curtis, and her parents.

She is survived by her three children, sons Albert Ludden III (Johnny) and wife Debbie (whom Beverly thought of as another daughter), Jeffrey Ludden and wife Cindy, and daughter Lisa Ludden and significant other Derek Chandler; five grandchildren, Brandi Ludden and significant other Dave Dyer, Michelle Ludden and significant other Victor Amaro, AJ Ludden and wife Becca, LeeAnn Roberts and husband Eric, Christopher Larrabee and wife Brooke; five great-granddaughters, Scout Dyer, Ella Ludden, Madyson and Hannah Ludden, and Elaine Larrabee.

She is also survived by her sister Shirley Chadbourne and husband Leonard, her brother Robert Eldridge, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Many thanks to the staff at Harbor Hill Center in Belfast. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beverly Ludden Scholarship fund. Please send any donations to: Waldo County Technical Center, c/o Scholarship Committee for Beverly Ludden Scholarship Fund, 1022 Waterville Road, Waldo, ME 04915.

Visiting hours will be Friday, July 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. The state mandates face coverings at these public events. Graveside services will be held at the Jackson Corner Cemetery, Saturday, Aug. 1, at  noon. A gathering will be held following the graveside service at the Dixmont Snowmobile Club. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.

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