Clarissa (Chris) Miller Achorn died suddenly on Friday June 11, 2021, at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH. She was born on June 4, 1925, and celebrated her 96th birthday the week before her passing. She was the daughter of Ruby (Walter) Miller and Edwin G. Miller. Clarissa was born and raised in Waldoboro, ME. After graduating from Waldoboro High School, she studied business at Bryant & Stratton Business School in Boston. Clarissa worked at Achorn Steel Company in Boston and later in Cambridge, MA. After her first child was born she worked as a homemaker. As college drew near for her first born, she began working at the IRS facility in Andover, MA. Shortly after her service in Andover, MA, she transferred to the Appellate Division of the IRS in Boston and was employed there for many years.
While living in FL she volunteered to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and also volunteered her time at her church thrift store. After leaving FL, she was a resident of Sugar HillRetirement Community in Wolfeboro, NH, (previously in Naples, FL, Casco, ME, and Belmont,MA). During her years at Sugar Hill Retirement Community she belonged to the Ladies of theLake Quilting Guild, loved to read outside, and faithfully spent 30 minutes on the treadmill M-F.
She was very social and dined with friends the evening before she passed. Clarissa survived the many lonely months in a lockdown situation and was thrilled to be vaccinated. It was a relief for her to get life back to normal for a few months.
Clarissa married Donald (Don) Achorn, her sweetheart from Waldoboro, ME, June 17, 1947. Her husband predeceased her in December of 2019. She leaves a daughter Jane Albert and her husband Ronald of Sandwich, NH, a son Allan Achorn and his wife Diane of Hudson, NH, and a son Stephen Achorn and fiancé Myra Van Eekelen of Gorham, ME. Clarissa had eight grandchildren; Caroline ( Albert) Walsh, Erica ( Albert) Page, Catherine Achorn, Lauren Achorn, Christopher Achorn, Stephen Achorn and his wife Leona, Emily Achorn, Matthew Achorn and two great grandchildren Peyton and Simon. Clarissa’s surviving sisters are Elizabeth Sproul of Waldoboro, ME, and Adelaide Weymouth of W. Gardiner, ME. Her sister Eleanor, brother Conrad, brother Bill, and brother Gerald died previously.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 on August 24th at the Orff’s Corner Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Orff’s Corner Community Church, Rt. 32, P.O. Box 1021, Waldoboro, ME, or the Orff’s Corner Cemetery Association ℅ Bonnie Orff, 669 Waldoboro Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348.