Charlotte E. Bailey, 78: Longtime owner of Mid-Coast general store

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HARPSWELL — Charlotte E. (Varney) Bailey, 78, died April 14 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Brunswick, July 14, 1932, she was a daughter of Ralph Varney Sr., and Georgia (Ellsworth) Varney.

Together with her husband William F. Bailey, Sr., she owned and operated the family general store, Bailey’s Inc., for 30 years.  

Her hobbies included knitting, reading, playing cards and traveling in her van throughout the country.

Above all, she cherished her family and enjoyed organizing family picnics and holiday gatherings.

Family and friends will remember her good humor, positive outlook on life, and ability to face overwhelming odds with class, true grit and heart.  

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 32 years, William, in August 1984, and also by her brother, Ralph Varney, Jr.

Surviving are her children, son and daughter-in-law Bill and Cheryl Bailey of Windham, daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Jere Green of Harpswell, and daughter and son-in-law Valerie and Raymond Caron of Harpswell; two sisters, Alice Lawton of Lisbon Falls, and Janet Staples of Gardiner; six grandchildren, Brett and Ariana Bailey, Jennifer and David Green, Nicholas and Desire Caron; three great-grandchildren, Alexis and Madison Caron, and Haley Seluke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 8, Harpswell, ME 04079, or to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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