South Portland-Arlene Barbara Paine, 95, passed on Thursday, March 10, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. Always known as Barbara, she was born in Portland on April 3, 1920, to Leon Winfield Silver Margaret Malia Silver. She attended schools in South Portland, graduating from South Portland High School in 1937 and started her career at Union Mutual as an executive secretary. In 1954 she met the love of her life, Roy Paine, and they married soon after. They lived in Portland as Roy finished his Coast Guard career and then at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth before landing at 490 in South Portland as they raised three children, Peggy, Tom and Patty. Barbara returned to work at Shaws in Mill Creek for 24 years where she was to become well known at the customer service desk, where once, when confronted by a robber, she simply dismissed him by saying, Go away, Im too busy, looked to the next customer and asked, May I help you?. Following retirement she put in hundreds of hours volunteering at Maine Medical Center and more recently for Partners for World Health. She had been active in the Coast Guard Wives Club and hosted numerous students through the Mitchell Institute. Staying busy was never a problem for our mother, Barbara. Unfortunately, Roy had multiple heart attacks during their marriage and died suddenly in 1969 at age 56, leaving Barbara to raise three young children. The inner strength this required was a very strong trait of hers admired by all who knew her. Barbaras home was always open to her friends and relatives for wedding and baby showers, extended visits, or just a friendly cup of tea. Her children and grandchildren learned the powers of love and understanding by her many examples of caring and non-judgment. As she aged, serious medical issues were faced by an unbelievable Carry On attitude that never failed her. She lived her last few years at the Betsy Ross House in South Portland where she was always willing to drive a friend for shopping, doctors appointments or out for breakfast, hosting a weekly prayer group and communion service, and attending movie nights, book club and bingo. Barbaras greatest joy was getting her family together for any occasion like her famous chop suey and chocolate pudding dinners and the yearly April weekend when she reserved a North Conway hotel for her birthday weekend, a twenty year tradition. She was also predeceased by her younger sisters, Marie Silver Van Zelm and Virginia Silver Chase. She leaves behind many loving friends and her family; daughter, Peggy Paine and husband, Paul Donahue of Falmouth; granddaughter, Caitlin Donahue of Auburn; son, Tom Paine and wife Mary Ledue Paine of Limerick; granddaughter, Rose Paine of Limerick; grandson, Joe Paine of Farmington; daughter, Patty Paine MacDuff and husband Jim MacDuff of Portland; grandsons, John MacDuff, Tom MacDuff and granddaughter, Audrey MacDuff, all of Portland. Barbara is also survived by nieces and nephews throughout the country. Gramm lives on in all of us and we all have our stories. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Maine Medical Center who displayed such care, respect and kindness. Visiting hours will be 10:00-noon, Thursday, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A memorial service will be at noon at the chapel followed by burial at Forest City Cemetery, South Portland. To visit Barbaras memorial page or share an online condolence, please visit www.ctcrawford.com. Memorial donations may be made to The Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102.