Gladys Lillian (Carter) Rea

CAPE ELIZABETH – Gladys Lillian (Carter) Rea, 76, passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, after a long battle with COPD at Maine Medical Center with her family by her side. Gladys was born on Sept. 11, 1944, in Marlborough, Mass., to Joseph and Patricia (Tracy) Carter.

Gladys was raised at Hancock Point and graduated from Sumner High School. She moved to Portland to attend Key punch school and met her husband Maxelle Rea Jr. and married on Sept. 11, 1965. She spent the next five years travelling with her Marine husband and returned to Maine in 1971.

Gladys worked for many years at JJ Nissen’s bakery and IBC until her retirement in 2011 as a key punch and computer operator. She was a member of the Portland Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and the Cape Elizabeth Lions.

Gladys was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Sr. and Patricia, her stepmother, Winnifred and her brother, Joseph, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Maxelle, her three sons, Maxelle III and his wife, Tina of Wausau, Wisc., Roy and his wife Tina of Buxton, Gary and his wife Jessica of Uxbridge, Mass.

She is also survived her sister, Jennifer and her husband Tim Kennedy of Raymond, N.H.; along with grandchildren, Alanah and her husband Joe Barilla of Parsippany, N.J., Cheyenne, Roy Jr., Justin, Alan, Kaia, Keira, Rachel, Nathan; great grandchildren Ace, Aubrey, Kyle Jr, and Roy III and many nieces and nephews. All whom she loved dearly. She will be greatly missed by all.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, from 2-4 p.m., at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland.

Following CDC guidelines, masks and proper social distancing are required for all those in attendance. A private burial will be held at a later date.

To share memories or to offer online condolences to the Rea family please visit, http://www.athutchins.com.

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