HAMPDEN – Rowena Ellen (Littlefield) Clendenning, 95 ½, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 4, 2019, at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln following declining health as a result of Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born March 7, 1924 in Newburgh, the daughter of Francis E. and Hazel E. (Bean) Littlefield.
Following graduation from Bangor High School, Rowena went to Washington, DC during WWII to work for the war effort. Upon returning home from Washington she was reacquainted with Tim Clendenning while attending a Hampden Grange dance with her sister. When entering the Grange hall that night, Tim was standing just inside the door and said to Rowena, “Hey! Are you married yet?” to which she replied, “No,” “then let’s dance!” said Tim and they continued to dance together for the next 62 years.
Rowena was a woman of strong faith and lived her life as a follower and believer of Jesus Christ. She was a longtime active member of Grace Methodist Church of Bangor where she volunteered for many of the ancillary women’s groups and activities. Rowena had a love for gardening, crafts and nature. She was known by many as the card lady, faithfully sending personalized and heartwarming holiday cards, always remembering her family and friends’ special occasions. Rowena enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the family camp on Harford’s Point, Moosehead Lake. She had fond memories and shared stores of her time working on the campaign of former Maine Governor James Longley. Later in her life, she would spend time visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and volunteering at Bangor Mental Health Institute. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Emerson “Tim” Clendenning; brothers, Newell and Sherwell Littlefield; a sister, Christina Hamor; and her best friend, Beverly Kane. She is survived by a brother, Edwin Nason and his wife Gail, of Swan Lake, and her children; E. Gale Clendenning of Veazie, Brenda Smith and her husband Paul, of Lincoln, Colby Clendenning and his wife, Donna of Hampden, and Bambi McGaw of Arizona, who Rowena thought of as a daughter. Additionally, she is survived by nine grandchildren; Tim & Eric Jameson, Karen Williams, Rebecca Smith, Mike & Kevin Clendenning, Angie & Pamm Carter and Tiffany Voyou. 18 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Beacon Hospice in Bangor and Lincoln, Colonial Healthcare and Loving Touch In-Home Care for the genuine love, care and support given to Rowena and the entire family during these past six months.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 10-11 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., with Dr. Steve Smith, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor, officiating. A spring interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor.
Those wishing to remember Rowena in a special way, may consider a donation in her memory to any of the following organizations who cared for her so lovingly: Beacon Hospice, 289 State St Ste B, Bangor, ME 04401, Colonial Healthcare, 36 Workman Terrace, Lincoln ME 04457, or Loving Touch In-Home Care, 263 State St #35, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com