Bernice Mae Spinney, 94, died Dec. 23, 2018 at LincolnHealth-Miles Campus in Damariscotta.
She was born May 19, 1924 in Boothbay to Donald Desmond Cunningham and Ruby Inez Stover. Bernice graduated from Camden High School in the class of 1943. She worked as a secretary at Camden shipyards after high school.
Bernice enlisted in the WAVES on Aug. 1, 1944 during World War II. She served at the U.S. Naval Aviation Supply Depot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Quonset Point, Rhode Island until she was released into inactive duty in 1947. Bernice was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal for her service. On April 4, 1951, Bernice was called back to serve during the Korean War until she was discharged as a 2nd Class Petty Officer from the Navy in Boston.
After the war, Bernice worked as a secretary and town clerk for the town of Boothbay and retired after 27 years of service in 1989. She enjoyed feeding wildlife, including squirrels, chipmunks, birds and ducks. She was a member of the American Legion and WAVES National.
She was predeceased by her husband, Everard Spinney; sisters, Donna Waggoner and Dorothy Sherman; and brother, Carroll Winslow.
She is survived by her son, Christopher Arrington of Trevett; daughters, Cynthia Craig of South Bristol and Wellington, Florida, and Lori Merrill of Wiscasset; her daughter-in-law, Marjorie Marr of Boothbay Harbor; grandsons, Michael Thompson of Rockland and Richard Teague of Edgecomb; granddaughter, Cathy Orne of Edgecomb; nephew, Charles “Chuck” Cunningham of Boothbay; niece, Vicki Runyon of Lisbon; and special cousin, Joan Stover of Boothbay who the family greatly appreciates for all of the help she provided.
A graveside service to celebrate Bernice’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Evergreen Cemetery, Barters Island Road, Boothbay.
Should friends desire, contributions in Bernice’s memory may be made to Midcoast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral and Cremation Services, 975 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay.
Condolences can be shared with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com