1922 – 2014
AUGUSTA — Everdine G. Best of Whitefield passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 10, at Glenridge long-term care facility in Augusta, where she had been a resident since June of this year.
She was born in Peru on April 3, 1922, the third of nine children born to Herbert E. Knox and Madeline G. (Knox) Knox. After her father died when she was 11 years old, she was boarded and schooled at Goodwill-Hinckley along with several of her siblings.
During the summer months, she worked as a housekeeper on the coast of Maine and in the Augusta area. While in Augusta, she met Norman E. Best and married him on Sept. 24, 1944. They enjoyed traveling to the coast (she loved the ocean) and frequented places like Reid State Park and Boothbay Harbor. They were married for 63 years, before his death in October 2007.
A resident of Augusta most of her life, she worked as a child care provider and at various jobs with W.T. Grant, Sears Roebuck & Co., the Maine Employment Security Commission, the House of Silver and finally at the retail store at USVA Togus, from which she retired in 1987.
She was a loving and cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed getting together with her family, playing Scrabble with her sister, Bea, doing crossword puzzles and knitting. She was loved by her family and her many nephews, nieces and friends. She was a member of Green Street Methodist Church in Augusta.
Everdine is survived by her two sons, Norman A. Best and his wife, Dorothy, of Whitefield and Bradley P. Best of East Andover; three grandchildren, Julie Best of Windsor, Amy Best and her husband, Paul Atkinson, of Ixopo, South Africa, and Michael Gordon of Whitefield; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Tyler Condon of Windsor; and sisters, Kathleen Smith and husband, Richard, of Deland, Fla., Geneva Goddard and Dorothy Emery and her husband, Gerald, of Hanover.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Herbert Knox and Warren Knox; and her sisters, Blandine Falkenham, Thelma Horne and June Moody.
The family wishes to thank the staff at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Gray Birch and Glenridge for their care, compassion and kindness while Eve resided with them for the past four years.
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