Elizabeth 'Kelley' Meigs

Sep 16, 2019

Searsport — Elizabeth Bryant Kelley Meigs, daughter of Adm. Carleton and Elizabeth Rattray Bryant of Searsport and Bangor, born Feb 7, 1923, died peacefully Sept. 14, 2019, in Belfast following an interesting and active life.

Kelley, as she was known, spent many years traveling the world with her parents, living in Panama, China, the Philippines, and the U.S., spending her last years at her favorite home on the shores of Swan Lake, Searsport. Kelley converted her summer cottage into a warm, cozy year-round home, where family loved to gather, enjoying endless games of Scrabble, swimming and picnicking on the beach by the fire with s'mores!. Kelley referred to her location as "the foothills of the Brooks Range" which offered exquisite sunsets over the lake, often being serenaded by the loons.

Kelley raised her five children in Orland with JF "Pinky" Meigs, teaching and encouraging them to enjoy the road of life. She was an active member of the Bangor Art Society, painting portraits and landscapes, totaling 625 individual paintings that now grace homes around the U.S. She was an ardent Maine Guide, guiding hiking, fishing and canoeing trips through Maine's wild forests, rivers and mountains. Kelley also held a private pilot's license, flying friends and family around the countryside. She was an avid snow skier, belonging to the 80+ club at Camden Snow Bowl, and attended Searsport Congregational Church.

At 84 she traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador with three of her children, where she sailed off the coast for 12 days sighting whales and icebergs, and visiting the local villages. In earlier years, she dog-sledded through the Yukon and Baffin Islands, even building igloos to sleep in along the way. To say that she had a fulfilling life is an understatement!

Kelley was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Kelley Soper Walsh, in 1982.

Surviving are her sons, James Bryant Kelley of Litchfield and Kevin Raymond Kelley of Belfast; twin daughters, Carol Ann Kelley of Nokomis, Fla., and East Orland, and Sheila Kelley Glavine (and husband Jim), of Bar Harbor; along with 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, step-children, a niece and a nephew.

A private family gathering will be held, per Kelley's request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charitable cause of your choice.

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