Charlotte Melanson

Charlotte Pearl Melanson

Saturday, May 27th, 1939 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Princeton - Charlotte Pearl (James) Melanson passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton on November 18 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Herbert Melanson, of 62 years. Herbert has lovingly cared for her during her last five years. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Mary McKenzie James and Cash James and Josephine Melanson and Rene Melanson; brother Alvin James, half-brothers Stephen James, Donald James, Clarence James; half-sister Muriel Smith; brother in-laws Dennis Melanson and Albert Melanson; sister-in-law Leah Durfy. She is survived by her sisters Beulah Lane and husband John, Mary Moholland, and Arlene Roussel and husband Imon; sister-in-laws Annette Melanson and Betty Monk and husband Greg; and a half-brother Franklin James.

Charlotte is survived by five daughters: Jeannie Ferry and husband Robert of Princeton, Laurie Greenlaw and husband James of Grove City, OH, Renee O’Neill and companion Peter Cordner of Orono, Wendy Melanson and companion John Shute of Princeton, Holly Melanson and companion Gilbert Mattheson of Dennysville, and one son Herbert Melanson, Jr. and wife Alison of Orono.

Charlotte’s grandchildren are Robert Ferry Jr. and wife Jessica of Hallowell, Michelle Ripley and husband Carl of Baileyville, Melissa Stamper and husband Jared of Grove City, OH, Matthew Greenlaw of Rochester, NY, Nathan O’Neill and wife Ava (plus baby Ted due in December) of Boise, ID; Jeffrey Jones and fiancé Chelsey Plourde of Ft. Kent, Lauren and Andrew Melanson of Orono, and Christopher Plissey of Princeton.

Her great-grandchildren are Brooklyn and Austin Ferry of Hallowell; Jameson and Maverick Stamper of Grove City, OH; and Sophia and Avery Ripley of Baileyville. Plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlotte has always put her children and grandchildren first. She was an amazing mother, and a very sweet and thoughtful person. Throughout her life she has enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling. Charlotte’s favorite pastime was Bingo and she was very lucky at it too. Wintertime meant it was basketball season, which she loved attending and cheering for the Woodland Dragons. She loved attending country music concerts from Johnny Cash to Luke Bryan. Her dream vacation to Nashville came to fruition in 1996. She was literally on cloud nine during that trip. She made many trips to Nova Scotia, New York State and Florida. She was just as excited as her children when they arrived at Disney World.

Our hearts are broken, but Charlotte’s memory lives on in everyone that knew her. We love you Charlotte (Mom & Nana)! We’ll see you in Heaven!

Due to COVID restrictions, a graveside service will be held in the spring at the Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Donations in Charlotte’s memory may be made to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.
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David James

Posted at 01:55pm
My condolences to the family. Charlotte was a second cousin to my father, Robert James, who died this past August. Dad was also a classmate of Charlotte's older half-brother, Franklin, and I have a photo of them both in the Princeton High School basketball team, c1946.

Ed & Jo Ellen Leeman

Posted at 03:37pm
So sorry to hear about Charlotte. I will miss seeing her at the games cheering on her favorite team.

Marlene Greenlaw

Posted at 07:04am
So sorry to hear of Charlottes passing. Growing up Charlotte and Herbert were always there at every function and game cheering and supporting. As we grew up and would run in to them at the store or a game a warm hug and how have you been were first on the list of questions. The parents if you didn’t have yours you would wish you could have. Thank you for always caring and asking. You will be greatly missed.

Helen Hold-Adams

Posted at 06:46am
To all of Charlotte's family, I was surprised and saddened to hear of her passing. Remember her as always happy and coming each week to my Moms beauty shop to have her hair done for years. Sympathy to all her family. Helen Hold Adams

Sandy Melanson

Posted at 06:12pm
My Aunt Charlotte had 6 kids but always had time for me. I remember her fixing my hair in pony tails on hot summer days. She was a wonderful soul. She will be missed.

Michelle Ripley Posted at 07:34pm

I don’t have very many memories that don’t include my nana. Every day my mother, Jeannie, would pick up Nana’s mail key to check her post office box. I would go too just so I could stay with nana. We would play cards, watch The Price is Right, and eat some sweets. Nana always had the best snacks! Most of my memories with her either involve basketball or shopping, two of Nana’s favorite things. She bought what she wanted when she wanted it. She and Papa also came to almost every single one of my high school volleyball and basketball games. I am incredibly grateful for the love I received from this sweet angel. She always made me laugh and taught me so many things. I love you forever and always, Nanabear!

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