Dawn R. Pride

July 22, 1927 - December 30, 2015

Service Date: January 7, 2016

A Celebration of Dawn's life will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Curtis Lake Church, 38 Westview Drive, in Sanford. Committal Prayers and burial will be later in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.

Dawn R. Pride, 88, a beloved resident of Alfred, died peacefully with her family by her side on December 30, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

Dawn was born in Fairfield on July 22, 1927 the daughter of James C. and Dorothy V. (Fernald) McClellan, Sr. She grew up in Wells and graduated from Wells High School. Following her graduation, Dawn went into the nursing program at the Maine General Hospital in Portland.

Dawn married the love of her life on October 29, 1946, John C. Pride, Sr. and they made their home on Blueberry Hill Road in Alfred. Together, they had five children and Dawn became a devoted home maker and housewife. She loved to tend to their large vegetable garden and each fall would spend countless hours canning the bountiful harvest along with making her famous grape jelly. Dawn was a talented baker and made sure to have out cooling on the shelve cookies, cupcakes or brownies when the kids came home from school. During the fall, Dawn went to work grading apples at the Notre Dame orchards to earn extra money for the holidays.

Dawn was an active member of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron of the Alfred chapter. She was also a valued board member when the Massabesic High School was being built. In 1959, Dawn had the great distinction of becoming the first woman to serve as a Selectman in the State of Maine and her beloved hometown of Alfred; where she served for nine years.  Dawn was so proud and honored when she was chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the annual Alfred parade!

Following the death of her beloved husband John, Dawn volunteered for many years at the front desk at Goodall Hospital where she enjoyed visiting with her friends and neighbors. She also worked part time for close to five years in the Seasonal Department at Walmart. With her friendly and outgoing personality, it was a pleasure to be in Dawn’s company. She would welcome friends and family at her home anytime. She lived by the golden rule, helping those in need and loved unconditionally.

Dawn will be dearly missed by her children and friends and neighbors of Alfred. She is once again reunited with her soulmate, John, who predeceased her following 50 wonderful years of marriage and by her infant daughter, Gail Dawn.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Carlene Blodgett; her twin daughters, Suzanne Pride and Suzette Gagne; and by her son, John C. Pride, Jr; and was “Grammy Pride” to her ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; and her special sister, Leona Haseltine; also by two nieces, Susan Hazeltine and Linda McClellan and by two nephews, Frank T. Hazeltine and Robert McClellan.

A Celebration of Dawn’s long and active life will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Dawn’s church, Curtis Lake Church, 38 Westview Dr., in Sanford. Committal prayers and burial will be later in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.

With Dawn’s love for her community, memorial donations may be made to the Alfred Fire and Rescue, PO Box 36, Alfred, ME 04002 or to the Parsons Memorial Library, PO Box 1065, Alfred, ME 04002.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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