Erlene Ida (Spooner) Harding


Erlene Ida (Spooner) Harding died unexpectedly with her son, Leroy, April 22, 2018. Born Dec. 17, 1938, she is a daughter of Sigrid M. (Akerson) Spooner and Cecil O. Spooner.

Erlene was well known and well loved. The mother of four sons, she was like a second mother to many nieces and nephews. She often told each one, that they were her “Favorite.” Erlene worked for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Bar Harbor Water Co., Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and First National Bank.

Erlene was a proud founding parent of The Sheltered Workshop first located in Otter Creek, now Downeast Horizons.

The career Erlene was most proud of was as daycare provider. She babysat across five decades. Her first daycare was on Ash Street during the late 1960s ending in the early 1970s. Her second daycare career began after her sons married and started families of their own. She retired from Bangor Hydro-Electric in 1985 and until 2000 the Harding home was full of small children once again.

Erlene’s role as mother and grandmother, she was devoted above all else.

Erlene is survived by her husband of 62 years, Percy. Sons: Percy Jr. (Lisa); Dale (Christine); and Raymond. Siblings: Joyce Burrill of Bangor, Donald Spooner (Donna), and Esther Weston of Bucksport; Peter (Ellen) Spooner of Brewer; Gail Spooner (Carroll) of Bar Harbor and Stanley Bennett (Helen) of Bucksport; sister-in-law Shirley Fabbri of Texas. Grandchildren: Nathan (Christy) of North Carolina, Alexander of Indiana; Meagan of Sullivan, Sean and Holly of Bar Harbor, Garrett (Jerika) of Southwest Harbor, and William (Jazmine) of Massachusetts; Great-grandchildren: Reese and Zachary Harding, Anneliese and Lilia Murphy, and Vivian DeLaittre and her brother due in July. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, brothers Erwin and Carroll, sister Helen, brother-in-law Robert Harding and sisters-in-law Lillian Wentworth and Betty Gooch and beloved grandson Brian Harding.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 2, at Somesville Union Meeting House, Somesville. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Downeast Horizons, 1200 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or to a charity of your choice.

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