BELGRADE _ Meldora M. Tompkins, 102, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville.
She was born in Mexico, Maine, on Dec, 4, 1910, the daughter of Alphonse and Olive (Paul) Barnard. Meldora attended schools in Mexico and graduated from Farmington Normal School.
Meldora was a foster parent to over 20 children at her Belgrade home. She and her husband, Harry, owned and operated a family farm in Belgrade for many years. She was an amazing cook, an avid bingo player, and loved to fish. Meldora was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
Meldora was predeceased by her husband, Harry; a daughter, Kathleen Bisson, and grandson Shawn. Surviving are grandchildren Jackie Ruman Herrin of Vienna, Steven Ruman, of Greene, and Sherry Ruman, of Winthrop; foster daughter Ella Plaisted and husband, David, of Belgrade, their children Heather Young, David Young and wife, Carrie, and Ethan Plaisted, all of Belgrade; foster son Lee Merrill and wife, Mayimo, and their daughter Angeles Elisa, of Belair, Md. She will be missed by special friends Sandra and Dick Brown and Racheal and Lois Goodwin, and her dog and constant companion, Twiggy.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Oakland, www.wheelerfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.