Velma Arlene Workman


Velma Arlene Workman passed away peacefully at home Sunday, April 25, 2021, with family by her side.

Velma was born May 26, 1925, to Hollis and Hannah (Strout) Leighton. In 1944, Velma met and married Warren Workman and the two made their home and raised their daughters, Barbara and Brenda, in Southwest Harbor. A hard-working woman all her life, Velma worked a variety of jobs including Stinson’s Sardine Factory, The First National Bank in Southwest Harbor and picking crabmeat with friends at local crab shops.

Velma loved to cook and enjoyed sharing her recipes with family and friends over the years. From her famous boiled dinners to her wonderful Red Velvet Cake and homemade ice cream, every meal was made with love. She loved spending time at camp on Graham Lake with family and friends playing cards, relaxing, fishing and of course … cooking! She also loved bowling with her husband, raising her children and grandchildren and her beautiful flower gardens that Warren lovingly tended for her.

She was predeceased by her parents, Hollis and Hannah Leighton; her husband, Warren; daughters, Barbara Workman and Brenda Seavey; granddaughter, Lisa Harper; grandson, Matthew Walls; and her siblings, Linwood, Theresa, Maggie, Lena, Alton and Sherwood.

Velma is survived by her beloved cat, “JoJo”; grandson, Kris Harper, and family; granddaughter, Michelle Campbell, and family; son-in-law, Keith Seavey; special nieces, Norma and Betty; and special friends Arlene, Willard, Gerry, Debbie and Gary and Linda Eaton.

Special thanks to caregivers, Marie, Valerie, Karen and Emily.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth, where online condolences may be shared:

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