Gloria P. Sutherland, 79, passed away September 28, 2016, at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle surrounded by her loving family after battling many health issues.
She was born in Caribou, January 31, 1937, the daughter of Leo and Alma (Cote) Belanger. Gloria was a graduate of Caribou High School and in 1956 she married Willis R. Sutherland. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Gloria was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who helped her husband with the daily activities of running the family farm.
She loved to plan and cook for family gatherings and having her family at her home was the center of her life. Always the social butterfly, Gloria loved being with her friends, whether it was meeting for breakfast or lunch, gathering at the Cary Cafe, garage saleing or shopping with her sister, Dolores.
Surviving in addition to her husband of over 60 years, Willis, of Caribou, are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Kendall and Debbie Sutherland of Woodland, Stuart and Kim Sutherland of Caribou, and Warren Sutherland of Old Orchard Beach, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Colleen Sutherland and partner Doris St. Hilaire of Caribou, Sharan and Reggie Thibodeau, and Allyson and Robert Masse all of Woodland, one sister, Dolores Richards of Caribou, 6 grandchildren, Kylie Kilcollins, Cody Thibodeau, Rylan and Keanen Masse, Matthew and Brandon Manter, one great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Kilcollins, many special friends, including Del Tardie and Betty Henderson. Gloria was predeceased by her parents, her step-father Bernie Holmes, and a sister Nancy Michaud.
Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Parish of the Precious Blood Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Caribou. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Caribou. Following the services all are invited for a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the Holy Rosary Parish Hall. Friends who wish to contribute in Gloria's memory may do so through the Jefferson Cary Foundation, P.O. Box 89, Caribou, ME 04736.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff and doctors at Cary Medical Center, The Aroostook Medical Center and Acute Rehab Unit, and Eastern Maine Medical Center for the fine care and compassion shown to Gloria and her family these past few months.