Clarida M. VanDyne

December 19, 1919
- April 12, 2011

MILO AND PORTLAND - Clarida M. VanDyne, 91, wife of the late Henry G. VanDyne of Bradford, died April 12, 2011, at a Portland nursing home after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Ashland, to James and Gertrude (Berube) Brasslett, and by all accounts almost immediately defined herself with two traits she carried with her for life: helpfulness and handiwork. She held several jobs from a young age to contribute to the family well being before marrying the son of a potato farmer and moving to Bradford in the waning days of the Depression. Working tirelessly together, Henry and Clarida built a dairy farm with a statewide reputation for efficiency and excellence, winning Dairymen of the Year for the state of Maine in 1970. Individually, Clarida gained local celebrity for the creativity, quantity and quality of her wedding cakes, braided rugs, dresses, sweaters, quilts and gardens. She won a national quilting award from Ladies Home Journal in 1996. "Gram embodied epic, timeless values of virtue, honesty, frugality, ingenuity, loyalty, goodwill and unconditional love, just to name a few," said her grandson, Paul Tukey of Cumberland. "She really was a heroic human being, never idle during waking hours, never wasting a nickel, and never, ever, saying no to anyone in need. The heirlooms created from her hands will outlive us all." She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Tukey of Falmouth; a son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Evelyn VanDyne of Rockland; one sister, Laura Knox of Kenduskeag; five other grandchildren, Randy Tukey of Cumberland, Jill Tukey of Portland, Lynn Bauchinger of South Portland, Jeremy VanDyne of Matinicus and Jody Landrith of Rockport; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three brothers, Angus, James and Timothy Brasslett, all of Bradford; and six sisters, Bell Berube of Presque Isle, Esther M. Carle of Brownville Junction, Olive Moulton of Alton, Cecile Delaite of Milo, Gertrude Amero of Milo and Theresa Tibbetts of Howland. Friends are invited to call Saturday, April 16, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, 9 a.m. until leaving for a Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. at Sts. Paul the Apostle and Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Milo, with the Rev. Kent Ouellette, celebrant. Burial will be with her husband at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association , 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on April 14, 2011

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