Sharon's Story

HAMPDEN - On September 29, 2014, heaven opened up and received the beautiful, smiling angel Sharon Marie Barrows, 64, of Hampden, Maine. Sharon was born on December 27, 1949, and grew up in West Seneca, New York. Sharon dedicated her life to caring for family, friends, and the less fortunate. She also faced every challenging circumstance with a dignity and grace that was inspiring to those around her. She truly loved life, especially the simple moments, like being with those she loved. Her favorite role was that of mother to her two daughters. She was a loyal employee on the EMMC campus for over 30 years. In addition, she worked weekends at the Howard Johnson's restaurant for 20 years. In her free time, Sharon enjoyed reading, quilting, knitting, crocheting, beading, sewing, crafting, gardening, tending to birds, completing charitable projects, traveling, yoga and meditation, appreciating art, attending musicals and plays, preparing and eating good food, and spending time with her family and friends. Sharon was wholeheartedly committed to raising two healthy, strong daughters. Sharon loved being a Girl Scout leader when her girls were young. Throughout the years, she served as taxi driver for her daughters' numerous dance lessons, concerts, sporting events, etc ... Sharon used her special talents to make her daughters' clothing, dance recital costumes, prom dresses, and so many other special gifts. She also is known for getting great pleasure out of making beautiful gifts, such as jewelry, quilts, Christmas ornaments, etc ... and giving away those gifts to friends and family. Sharon has truly left behind a legacy of giving, to loved ones, as well as to people she never knew through her charitable giving. She enjoyed the memorable road trips she took with her dear, loving friends. In addition, she was active with numerous charitable and civic organizations. Sharon's infectious smile, sweet spirit, and courage touched all of those her knew her.

Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Dorothy; and her loving sister, Darlene. Sharon is survived by her husband, Jim of Hampden, Maine; loving and adoring daughters, Shannon of Scarborough, Maine, and Patti of Tampa, Florida; and brothers, Dennis of Syracuse, New York, and Mark of Kenneth City, Florida.

Sharon's family and friends eagerly invite and welcome all those who knew and cared about her to attend a celebration of her life on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.-ish at the Penobscot Valley Country Club at 366 Main St. in Orono, Maine. Sharon will be honored with words, music, hors d'oeuvres and a few of her favorite things. We look forward to sharing beautiful memories that will provide us all comfort and joy. Certainly, Sharon's loving spirit wants us all to experience comfort and joy at this time. The evening will commence with a fireworks display, one of Sharon's many favorite things. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to any of Sharon's favorite causes, including feeding the less fortunate by donating to any charity that works to eradicate hunger or the local charity Furry Friends Food Bank at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Sharon believed all beings deserved to be free of hunger. Sharon is immensely loved and will be dearly missed.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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