The service for Arlene M. Prior, 90, a longtime resident of Bremen, has been changed to the Hall Funeral Home, Main Street in Waldoboro, due to the continued power outage at the Bremen Union Church. Questions should be directed to the Hall Funeral Home, 832-5541.  The gathering to follow will be held at the Broad Bay Congregational Church, 947 Main St. in Waldoboro.


Arlene M. Prior, 90, a longtime resident of Bremen, died peacefully at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta, with her loving daughter and grandchildren by her side.

Arlene was born in Waldoboro on May 17, 1919, the daughter of Cleveland and Phena Genthner Gross, and attended schools in Waldoboro.

In 1935 she married John Luce, and together they had three children, John Luce Jr., Russell Luce and Donna Luce.

After her divorce, she married Clarence Prior of Bremen, where she lived happily for 45 years. She loved her cottage by the ocean and was a happy and contented homemaker there.

Arlene worked in various places, most notably Paragon Button Factory, Dennison’s Nursing Home, Brown’s Lusty Lobster, and the former Roseway Restaurant on Main Street in Waldoboro, which was owned by her aunt Ethel Feyler. She was a member of the Bremen Union Church, where she attended faithfully when she was well, and her faith in Jesus Christ meant so much to her.

In 2005 she left her beloved home, due to her failing health, for Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta, where she received excellent care. During the last four months she resided at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta, where her care was beyond her family’s expectations. While at Cove’s Edge, she rarely got out of bed except for Chapel Day, which she loved to attend.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Prior, in 1999; her sons, John Luce Jr. in infancy and Russell Luce in 1980; her sisters, Gladys Horton, Gwendolyn Hanna and Marjorie Dickinson; and her brother, Kenneth Gross.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Collamore of Waldoboro; her grandchildren, Keith Collamore of Waldoboro, Leigh Andrea Collamore of Nobleboro, Kathryn Collamore of Orff’s Corner, Russell Luce II of Waldoboro, Texx Luce of Jeffersonville, Vt., John Luce of Rumford, Duane Luce of Lewiston, Russell Luce III of Hardwick, Vt., Rhonda Kelce of West Paris and Juanita Forant of Morrisville, Vt.; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro. A celebration of Arlene’s life will be held Monday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at the Bremen Union Church on Route 32, followed by interment in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bremen.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Bremen Union Church Building Fund, Bremen Union Church, P.O. Box 223, Bremen, ME 04551

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waldoboro. Condolences to the family may be sent to