BRUNSWICK — Irene Adams Eastman Clough, 88, died March 31 at Park View Adventist Medical Center.
She was born in Brunswick on May 24, 1923, a daughter of Frank Adams Eastman and Stella Chapman Eastman.
Clough attended Longfellow School, then Wheeler Hall and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1940.
In 1941 she went to work for Chandler’s Book Store. On Sept. 9, 1944, she married Wally Clough and continued working in the bookstore until she moved. Wally was in the submarine service in the U.S. Navy and they moved to New Hampshire and later Connecticut. While there she worked in local grocery stores.
She and her husband bought their home on McLellen Street in 1946 and they lived their for all their married lives.
From 1952 through 1966, Clough stayed home to care for her three daughters. She also watched several neighborhood children during that time. She returned to work for her husband, who was manager of the new Loring, Short & Harmon Store in 1966. She worked alongside him for 24 years, both of them retiring in November 1989.
Clough was a member of the Dirigo Grange for several years. She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church where she ran the nursery school during church services for more than 10 years. She and Wally attended all the Grange dances in the area as well as his Knights of Pythias Lodge events, and were well known for their dancing.
Family meant everything to Clough. Growing up in Brunswick, her large family, their spouses and children were her entire social outlet. Her best friends were her sisters.
She was predeceased by her husband, William W. “Wally” Clough; sisters Alice Rackley, Annie Derocher, Edith Robinson, Edna Eastman, Florence Dyer and Doris Lybrand; and one brother, Ralph Eastman.
She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Clough of Brunswick, Vicki Kelley and her husband, Guy, of Pittston, and Karen Lemieux and her husband, Brian, of Durham; four grandchildren, Maegan Dotter and her husband, Aaron, of Augusta, Nathan Hahn of Pittston, Peter Kelley and his wife, Theresa, of Portland, and Callie Lemieux of Durham; sister Gladys Totten of Brunswick; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held on April 4 at Bracket Funeral Home. A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Jeff Hunt, tool place after the visiting hours. Burial will be in Varney Cemetery in Brunswick.
Donations in Clough’s memory may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 or to CHANS Home Health Care, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 04011.