In Memoriam : Christie Ordway
Christie Ann Alder Ordway - age: 74
(September 22, 1949 to September 27, 2023
In lieu of flowers, those who are so inclined are encouraged to make a donation in her name to The Asher House Sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon (one of her favorites) at https://www.theasherhouse.com/pages/donate or a local animal shelter near you.
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St, Saco are entrusted with her services.
SACO. After a long and courageous battle with COPD, Christie Ann Alder Ordway passed away on September 27th, just 5 days after her 74th birthday.
Christie (Chris) was born in Newark, NJ to Herbert Alder and Lois Martin Alder. She was raised in Chatham, NJ graduating from Chatham High School in 1967. She made many lifelong friends in Chatham that she cherishes to this day and her love for the Jersey shore has never waned.
Chris then went on to study at Vermont College/Norwich University. It was in Vermont where she met her beloved husband, David. Once married, they settled in Maine where she worked for WGAN Channel 13 in Portland, ME until starting a family.
Chris’s passions in life were family, friends, history, dance, journalism, animals, sports, shopping, and music. Although a journalism major in college, Chris developed a love of history and over the years completed course work in history at both the University of Vermont and the University of Southern Maine. An accomplished dancer, she was skilled in tap, ballet and jazz and taught dance at one of her mother’s dance studios in NJ. When she moved to Maine, she danced for a time at the famed Ram Island Dance Company and every other year would dust off her dancing shoes to perform in the Southern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary’s benefit, “Cardiac Capers”.
In addition to raising a family, she wrote a weekly column for the Journal Tribune newspaper, managed the convenience store at the family-owned Pinehirst Tent & Trailer Resort, served both as a Trustee of Southern Maine Medical Center and as President of its Auxiliary, managed the volunteer Southern Maine Medical Center gift shop, and was active with Saco Little League.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, David, two sons, Scott and his wife Kate, and Brett and his wife Jennifer, five grandchildren, Connor, Jack, Alice, Emma and Eloise all of Maine; a sister, Tracey Scholts, her husband Jim and their daughter, Cailey, all of New Jersey; brother-in-law Pete Samuelson and nephews Christopher Samuelson and Matthew Samuelson and their families all of Georgia.
Chris devoted herself to her family and her friends were very dear. Her life was too short, but fulfilled, and she will be greatly missed.
Her family intends to have a private memorial service at a later date, and she will be interred at the family niche at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.
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