BREWER and BANGOR – Arline Bernice (Merrill) Smiley died peacefully Oct. 1, 2007, at her home in Brewer. She was born March 22, 1922, in Brewer, the daughter of Freeman Arthur and Grace (Walker) Merrill. Arline’s family moved to Bangor when she was one year old. The family decided to join Essex Street Church when she was seven years old, because many of their friends were members. Arline attended Sun-day school and was baptized, Jan. 3, 1932. She attended Bangor High School and used her musical talents while she was there. As a result, she was chosen to play the graduation march for her graduating class in 1940. She went on to study piano and organ with a well-known organist, Mrs. Grace Bramhall Howes at Northern Conservatory of Music. She took voice lessons from Mrs. Estelle Noyes, sang in the church choir and was the choir director for many years. She started playing the organ at Essex Street Church, October 1944, and played for 50 years through seven pastors. She continued playing part time until 2006. Around 1944, the pastor of the church and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marstellar, introduced her to David O. Smiley III, and he officiated at their wedding, Sept. 2, 1946. They were married for 56 years and had two sons and a daughter before his death. She worked with her husband at Smiley’s for Fashions for 55 years and sailed in their sailboat the “LIZZY S” along the coast of Maine until his death, July 11, 2003. The whole family has many wonderful memories of sailing trips and camping at the coast even before they had their boat. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother and friend, who will be missed very much. Arline was a member of numerous clubs around the Bangor-Brewer area, the Bangor branch of the American Guild of Organists, the Altrusa Club, who for many years they provided with clothes from their store Smiley’s for Fashions for their fashions shows, the 1941 Club, Schuman Club, M.P.M. Club, Christian Women’s Club, Missionaries of Essex Street Church, Water Lilies of the YWCA and the Sunshine Class. Arline is survived by her children, David O. IV and his wife, Harriet, of Hermon, Elizabeth Smiley of Abbott and son, Thomas and his wife, Deborah, of Brewer; grandchildren, David O. V and his wife, Robin, of Sanbornville, N.H., Adam of Bangor and Jonathan of Bangor; stepgrandchildren, Bruce Weymouth and his wife, Lisa, of Stockholm and Beth Libby and her husband, Christopher, of Standish; great-granddaughter, Emily of Sanbornville, N.H.; great-stepgrandchildren, Bruce Jr., Chelsea and Jacob of Stockholm and Ashley, Kayla and Clint of Standish, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, parents; her sister, Louise Ness; and brother, George Merrill. Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Brookings-Smith 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, with the Rev. Randall Wilbur, pastor of Essex Street Baptist Church, Bangor, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments immediately after the service at Brookings-Smith Family Center, 163 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be in the family plot at Fall Cemetery, Benton. Those who wish to remember Arline in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Memorial Fund, Essex Street Church, 84 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com