SOUTH PARIS — Edith M. (Davis) Deegan, 82, of South Paris died Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Market Square Health Care Center.

She was born in South Woodstock, Nov. 18, 1928, the oldest daughter of Gayden and Bernice Radcliffe Davis. She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1947.

For 48 years she worked in many local restaurants, starting her career as a waitress, cashier, hostess and dining room manager. For several years, she was employed by Ken and Jim Raffel (Arby’s) as cashier and training manager, opening their stores in Auburn, Augusta, Lewiston, Portland and South Portland.

She was an avid sports fan. She was employed by Community Concepts of South Paris as a part-time bus dispatcher and had to retire because of medical reasons in 1994.

Survivors include two sons, Edward R. Deegan and wife, Jody, of Hebron and Ronald A. Deegan and wife, Alice, of Bryant Pond; a granddaughter, Michelle and her fiance, Jeremy Benson; a great-granddaughter, Hailey; a brother, Gayden George Thomas Davis and wife, Debbie, of Freeport; three nieces; five great-nieces; two great-great-nephews; and many cousins.

She was predeceased by two dear sisters, Leona M. Farnum on Feb. 22, 1998 and Ethel Davis on Oct. 4, 2010.

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