UNION — Verna S. Bean “Grandma,” 89, passed away with her loving family by her side Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at The Sussman House in Rockport after a period of declining health.

Verna was born in Whitefield Jan. 30, 1933, to parents Alford and Ruth Moody Wiley.

Verna grew up on a farm family in Warren, attended local schools and met and married the love of her life Edward “ED” Bean on July 8, 1950. They lived in Warren for a short time then moved to Union, where they purchased a small home Ed replaced with a new home he built on the site. Most important to Verna was the raising of her children and her family. Verna was a “giver,” always willing to assist anyone in need, whether babysitting, baking a blueberry pie for the fair, going to the kids ball games, or helping any family member or neighbor.

Verna’s favorite past times were working in her flower gardens, which were always a joy to view and her and Ed’s vegetable gardens. The two of them enjoyed laboring on those gardens, producing much bounty they shared with all. Verna had Ed build her a root cellar she was able to fill with the canning of her veggies that were enjoyed throughout the year. Visiting “Grandmas” one would usually leave with some canned vegetables and a jar of her fabulous bread and butter pickles, or a jar of jam.

Verna was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband of 71 years, Ed,` who passed in 2021, her sister Flora, Edna, and her brothers Aubrey, Roland, and George.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter Jackie Gamage (Ronald) of Thomaston; her son Edward “Ted” Bean and his companion, Carol Brazier, of Waldoboro; her brother Carlton (Hope) Wiley of Warren; Arnold ( Pearl) Wiley of Fayetteville, N.C.; and her sisters Agnes Crockett of Nobleboro, Celia Waltz of Warren, and Donna Dow (Bill) of Waldoboro. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Krystal Gamage of Rockport and Steven Bean of Warren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is also survived by a very special sister-in-Law Audrey Wiley of Appleton, who gave so much to Verna, helping her to be able to stay in her own home.

The family has requested donations in Verna’s name be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, Maine, 04841-1294.

A graveside memorial service will be held for Verna on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 11 a.m. where she will be laid to rest beside Ed at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 131, Appleton. A gathering will be held after the service at Verna’s home on 561 Payson Road, Union.

Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 78 Main Street, Thomaston, has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences to Verna’s family, visit her Book of Memories at Hallfuneralhomes.com.