BANGOR, AND SAN MATEO, CA – Mary Ellen (Chalmers) Weldon, 85, passed away peacefully at home in Bangor, Maine, on February 24, 2016. She was born July 18, 1930, in Bangor, the daughter of Philip and Mary (Stowe) Chalmers.
Mary Ellen (or “Mel” to family and friends) was a graduate of Bangor High School and of the University of Maine, Class of 1952. She was married for nearly fifty years (until his death) to Scott Weldon, whose career in the paper industry brought them and their growing family to various parts of the country, including Swarthmore, PA, Detroit, MI, Haddonfield, NJ, Millinocket, ME, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, and lastly San Mateo, CA, where they lived for twenty-five years. Throughout, Mel remained a good-humored and supportive helpmate to her husband, a loving, devoted, and fiercely loyal mother to her three children, a proud and generous grandmother, and delightful company to her friends. She was also a skilled cook and candy-maker, had a special talent for needlework and doll-making, and was a gracious hostess. In recent years, she shared her daughter’s home, which was also her own childhood home, in Bangor.
Mary Ellen is survived, and will be sadly missed, by daughter Ann (Weldon) Blanke and husband Richard of Bangor; by son Mark Weldon and wife Judy of Liverpool, NY; by grandchildren Marie (Blanke) Andrawes and husband Michael of Newton, MA; Emily (Weldon) Davcev and husband Tim of Rochester, NY; Claire (Blanke) Enkosky and husband John of Syracuse, NY; Kate (Weldon) Chan and husband Brian of Woodbridge, ON, Canada; Scott G. Weldon of Liverpool, NY; Samantha Weldon of Weatherford, TX; Friedrich Blanke and wife Sheryl of Glenburn, ME; granddaughter-in-law Gina Platt of Seal Harbor, ME; and by eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Scott Weldon, son Matthew Weldon, and grandson Roman Blanke.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the care-givers from the Aging Excellence agency who cared so conscientiously for Mary Ellen during her declining years – in particular, Jennifer La Taille, Jackie Taylor, Suzanne Folsom, Lauren Colson, and especially Valerie Dyer, whose affectionate care and devoted labor went well beyond the call of duty. The family would also like to thank Sheryl Blanke and the other Eastern Maine Visiting Nurses who tended to Mel during her final months.
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor. The family will hold a memorial service for Mel at a later date, to be announced.
Those who wish to remember her in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Scott and Mary Ellen Weldon Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the University of Maine Foundation, 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5972.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.