BANGOR - Ellen M. (Bamber) Sibley, 80, passed away Jan. 22, 2013, at her residence, with her family at her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Bangor, daughter of Donald and Norma (Hall) Bamber.
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She attended Bangor schools and worked in local shoe factories until her retirement from Viner Bros. Shoe Factory in 1986. She received her high school GED in 1987. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Lincoln. Ellen married Norris E. Sibley, Sept. 20, 1952, and raised three children. She will be remembered as hard working, a devoted, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Ellen enjoyed her family camp, camping and fishing on Pleasant Lake with her husband, visiting and playing cribbage with friends at Parks Pond. She especially looked forward to visiting family in Massachusetts and family gatherings on Congomond Lake in Connecticut. She enjoyed attending school programs that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated in.
She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years; two sisters, Gardys Violette and Irene Knowlton; and four brothers, Rex, Lawrence, Donald and Richard Bamber. She is survived by her children, Cheryl Griswold of Bangor, Laurence Sibley Sr. and his wife, Debby, of Kenduskeag and Vicki Treadwell and her husband, Allen, of Glenburn; two grandchildren, Lynn Martin of Bangor and Laurence Sibley Jr. of Kenduskeag; three great-grandchildren, Emma, Madisen and Cole Hewett of Bangor; two sisters, Marion Provost of Bangor and Helen Albert of Westfield, Mass.; and one brother, Earlon Bamber of Riverview, Fla. She is also survived by a very special friend, Earl Ross of Long Island, N.Y.; and many friends at Miller Square.
Relatives and friends are invited to call noon until time service 2 p.m. Saturday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, with Pastor David Bean officiating. Spring interment will be at Butterfield Cemetery, Prentiss. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in her memory be sent to Penobscot Christian School, 1423 Ohio St., Bangor, ME 04401 for the education of her great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be expressed at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 24, 2013