BANGOR – Charlotte Merlene Whidden Byther, 81, wife of the late Paul Austin Byther, passed away March 9, 2008. She was born April 17, 1926, in Bangor, the daughter of Melvin R. and Eva (Daggett) Whidden, who made their home in Charleston. A longtime resident of Orrington, she was employed with Viner Brothers Shoe Co. and Bangor Shoe for many years. After an early retirement to care for Paul’s mother, she and Paul became “Nana” and “Grampie” at Sunrise Daycare Center at First United Methodist Church of Orrington, where she was a long-standing member. Having always delighted in being surrounded by children, she found great joy in caring lovingly for each of the many children who made up her Sunrise family. After mov-ing to Bangor in 1997, Mrs. Byther became a charter member of River City Wesleyan Church, Center Street. One of her favorite pastimes was baking her famous whoopie pies and molasses cookies for those around her. She was predeceased by two brothers, Fred Whidden and Beryle Whidden; and one, sister, Kathleen Reo. She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Hanscom and her husband, Gary, of Brewer; stepson, Bernard Byther of Bangor; stepdaughter, Marilyn Short of Satellite Beach, Fla.; granddaughter, Kate Hanscom of East Waterboro; grandson, Chris Hanscom and his wife, Carol, of Hanover, N.H., and their two children, Alice Charlotte and Stella Margaret; many nieces and nephews, including Merlene Pottle and Pamela Strout; and caregiver, Carol Treadwell. Friends may call 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at River City Wes-leyan Church, 146 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Stephen Sinclair, pastor, officiating. Graveside services will be held in the spring at Marston Cemetery, Orrington, at a date and time to be announced. Gifts in her memory may be sent to River City Wesleyan Church, 146 Center St., Bangor, ME 04401.