CLINTON, ME—It is with the greatest sense of loss and sadness that the family of Edith Ames Bean, 90, known to many as “Ma Bean”, announces her passing on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Tissues Country Estate in Athens, ME, where she had been a resident since October 2012, due to Alzheimer’s.\r\n\r\nShe was born on June 24, 1925, and was the only child of Don and Berle Peavey Ames. She lived in Fairfield, ME until moving to Canaan, ME when she was twelve. She married Harold Bean in 1941, and they owned their first home on the corner of Route 2 and Route 23 that still stands today. They were the parents of five children. The family moved to Clinton, ME in 1949, when Harold took his first job as Town Manager. Edith worked at the Ski-Land Woolen Mill there in the 1950’s and also in the late 1970’s. Harold’s career moves took them to Bethel, ME, Wilton, ME, and Farmington, ME, where he retired, and they subsequently moved back to Clinton, ME.\r\n\r\nWhile living in Wilton, ME, Edith made pies for the Four Seasons Restaurant and bread for the IGA. She also used to serve a light fare out of the back of her car to second shift workers at the tannery.\r\n\r\nWhile living in Farmington, ME, Edith had a restaurant in the early 1970’s on Route 2 called “Ma Bean’s Snack Bar and Home Bakery”. That was when you could have a home cooked ham steak dinner for $1.65. After returning to Clinton, ME, she had a restaurant in the mid 1980’s on Route 201 in Skowhegan, ME just north of Sappi called “Ma Bean’s Country Cooking”.\r\n\r\nIn addition to spending a lot of time in the kitchen, Edith also was very proficient at knitting and sewing. She could knit a pair of mittens in two days or less, and she donated every pair to The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville, ME. In later years she took up quilting and made a quilt for each one of her children. \r\n\r\nEdith was a life member of the Canaan Grange.\r\n\r\nEdith was predeceased by her parents; her son, Bruce in 2009; and her granddaughters, Deborah Bernstein in 1962, and Pamela Bernstein in 1992.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Bernstein of Norridgewock, ME, Coleen Bean of Clinton, ME, and Brenda Dufour (twin of Bruce) of Winterport, ME; one son, Robert Bean and his wife, Anna of North Berwick, ME; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.\r\n\r\nThe family wishes to thank the entire staff of Tissues for much kindness, compassion, and patience in their caring for Edith, as well as the Maine General Hospice team for the comfort provided to Edith in her final days.\r\n\r\nIn honor of Edith’s request, there will be no services. A committal in the family lot at Green Lawn Rest Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring.