Frances L. Meservey

Jan 07, 2019
Frances Meservey

Appleton — Frances Louise Dailey Meservey, 92, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. She was born in Camden Jan. 14, 1926, to John Franklin and Lillian Horton Dailey, and grew up in the Millville neighborhood of Camden. She graduated from Camden High School in 1944. There she was a member of the Student Council, the glee club, served as senior class president, and was voted most popular.

After graduation, Fran worked in Washington, D.C., as a clerk typist in the Navy Yard during World War II. Upon returning to Camden, she worked for the Eastern Division manager of Central Maine Power Co. for 12 years.

Fran and her husband, Richard, lived in North Appleton, where she spent each day grateful for her beloved property on the St. George River and the beauty of God’s surrounding creation. From the time she was a child, she loved being with family on “Little Fang” island in Megunticook Lake.

A creative and fun-loving soul, Fran was an excellent seamstress who also enjoyed singing, reading and writing poetry. Passionate about her faith, she spent each day in gratitude and joy for the Lord’s blessings and often encouraged those around her through her positive outlook.

She served as a teacher’s aide for 20 years at Appleton Village School, and continued her involvement with the students after retirement through reading programs and senior lunches. She also served as secretary of the Appleton Historical Society for many years.

Fran was an active member of the Appleton Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and served terms as church secretary and treasurer. She often hosted guest speakers, missionaries and singers for the church. She was a gracious hostess and loved to prepare meals for friends, family and strangers alike. The Meservey family reunion was held at Fran and Richard’s home for many years.

Mrs. Meservey was predeceased by her loving husband of more than 50 years, Richard Wilson Meservey, and by her sister, Ella Eugenia Dailey Laite.

Mrs. Meservey is survived by her son, Richard Alan Meservey, and his wife, Deborah Hoyt Meservey, of Appleton; two daughters, Lorna Meservey Buccialia and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Roland Buccialia, of Newtown Square, Pa., and Marsha Meservey Eggert and her husband, Matthew Eggert, of Roswell, Ga.; six grandchildren, Tobias and Laura Meservey, Joy, Andrew (Brandine), Joel, and Peter Buccialia; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held Jan. 6 at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home,  Rockland. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Appleton Baptist Church, 108 Searsmont Road, Appleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Appleton Baptist Church, c/o Pauline Butler, Treasurer, PO Box 915, Union, ME 04862, or, Beverly Moody Memorial Library Fund, c/o Appleton Village School, 737 Union Road, Appleton, ME 04862. To share a memory or story with Mrs. Meservey’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at

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