Susan's Story

Lewiston - Susan E. Larkin, age 54, and resident of Old Greene Rd., in Lewiston, passed away peacefully August 19, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born in Millinocket, Maine, on November 16, 1961, the daughter of George and Corinne Kelley.
She was a 1980 graduate of Stearns High School and a 1982 graduate from the University of Maine Presque lsle, earning a degree as a laboratory technician. Susan was employed at St. Andrews hospital in Boothbay harbor. It was in Boothbay where she met her husband, Shawn, through his mother Alice, who handpicked her for her son. They married on November 9, 1985, and together they raised two children. She was a dedicated employee at the Foundation for Blood Research for over 20 years. Susan's greatest joy in life was her family. Her fondest childhood memories include summers spent at the family camp and canoeing with her lifelong best friend, Tina. Susan was so proud of her children and was happiest when volunteering for and attending activities her children were involved in. She was honored to walk as a breast cancer survivor, in the Susan B Komen breast cancer walks with her sisters and especially her daughter, Rachel. Recently, Susan looked forward to spending time at home with family and her dog, Rosie. She especially enjoyed listening to her family's music jams and watching new TV series with her son, Jason.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Shawn, from Lewiston; her two children, Rachel and Jason from Lewiston; her mother, Corinne Kelley from Falmouth; her brothers, George Kelley and his wife, Martha, of Wiscasset and Tom Kelley and his wife, Sandy, of Fort Myers, Florida; her two sisters, Milly Snider and her husband, Pete, of Milford, NH, and Karen Hopkins and her husband, Scott, of Scarborough; her mother-in-law, Alice Larrabee from Boothbay Harbor; and many adoring nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, George. "Sue ... the brave one with a heart of gold"
A graveside service will take place at Gracelawn Memorial Park on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. At her prior request, there are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations in Susan's memory to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Foundation, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, 70 Horton St., Lewiston. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed in Sue's online guestbook at
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