Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Bangor
- Sharon Lee (Wolverton) Sutherland, of Bangor, ME, and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, died peacefully and surrounded by her family at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME, on September 2, 2017. Sharon was 72 years old.
Sharon is survived by her two sons, Scott and Chriss Sutherland, her daughter-in-law, Molly Rose Angie, and her two grandchildren, Javi Lee Angie Sutherland and Suzanna Rose Angie Sutherland, all of Southern Maine; her two sisters, Valerie Dawn Hersom and Diane Rae Parsons, both of Otis, ME; and her sister-in-law, Krista Beth (Chase) Wolverton of Kenduskeag, ME. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, George Fredrick Sutherland; her brother, Charles Joseph Wolverton; and her parents, Agnes Inez (Wylie) Wolverton and Clarence Gerald Wolverton.
Sharon was born on August 24, 1945, in Mars Hill, ME. Her childhood was marked by the rhythms of an agricultural life as her parents operated a potato farm in Easton, a small hamlet in Aroostock County. Her memories were both of wanting nothing, as her parents provided more than enough love and necessities, and of hard work like the picking of potatoes.
Sharon regarded her High School years as seminal as she was very involved with her class and social scene. After secondary school, Sharon went on to study at Pierre's School of Cosmetology in Portland. She operated Miss "S" Beauty Salon in Easton before marrying George and moving to Woodstock, New Brunswick, to begin a family. While living in New Brunswick, Sharon made many lifelong friends with whom she stayed in touch through meticulous handwritten letters and nightly phone calls. In 1982, Sharon and George moved their family to central Maine, where they remained until 1996. During this time Sharon built an extremely successful business as a traveling hairdresser. A pioneer, Sharon went from house to house cutting hair, doing perms and shampoos and sets, all the while forming many friendships along the way.
She was known throughout the Bangor area as a dependable, caring, talented, and gregarious woman. As a mother to two brazen and defiant boys, Sharon's love was unconditional and steadfast. Her inner moral compass unwavering, her honesty and desire to help others never faltered. Eventually, Sharon moved with George to Santa Rosa Beach, FL, where she would start over and set up shop once again. Not surprisingly, Sharon quickly made the friends and connections necessary to find work and community. She worked at Silver Scissors and Kindal's Hair Studio, and was a popular parishioner at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church. During her final years in Florida, Sharon worked as personal assistant to Miss June Tindal, who loved and adored Sharon's tender and sincere care. In 2015, Sharon returned to Maine to be with her family. Her last year was spent both living and working at The Betsy Ross House, where, once again, she left her kindhearted mark on both her co-workers and neighbors alike.
Sharon was a generous and forthright woman who bravely, stoically, and often silently struggled with the obstacles and limitations of her life as a woman under the patriarchy of her generation. She rarely, if ever, complained, even while she too quickly passed away.
A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Estes Park Cemetery in Easton, ME, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sharon's life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106. Also, donations may be made in Sharon's name to: Ruth's Reusable Resources, 39 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102.
Published on  September 11, 2017