UNION — Lillian Raye Barrows, 59, died unexpectedly July 8, 2012, from complications following a period of declining health.
Born in Rockland on June 26, 1953, she was the daughter of Vernon and Madeline Murray Raye. Educated locally, Lillian was proud to be a graduate of Rockland District High School.
On July 21, 1970, Lillian married Jeffery Barrows at the Children’s Chapel in Rockport. Shortly after their marriage, Jeff entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany; after the birth of their first daughter, Lillian joined him there. Together they spent just over a year there. Upon returning to the states, the couple settled in Rockland where Lillian took on the full-time role of mother to their growing family. She poured her heart and soul into raising her four children. At the same time she also cared for many other children.
As her children grew and started school, Lillian took on various jobs in the area. She worked for local retailers, packed sardines and most recently was employed at Hannaford since 2003.
At one point Lillian earned her CNA certificate and worked with the hospice program through PALS. Her family remembered her loving and caring nature made her perfect for this position; however, her ability to love those around her made it extremely hard for her when the people she cared for passed on. Lillian made many special friendships during her time with PALS.
Lillian loved knitting. She made numerous mittens and baby sweaters and blankets for friends and family alike. Even last week, when she received the news she would need to spend time in the hospital, Lillian decided she needed to get some yarn to keep her busy. She also kept everyone’s spirits up with her undeniable sense of humor, even joking with her doctors whenever she was able. Her family said she loved clowning around and always had a smile that could light up the room.
Lillian’s greatest love in life was her family. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was one of her favorite pastimes. It was recently said in a Facebook message that she “lived and breathed her family.” Her passing leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of many.
Predeceased by her parents, a brother, Douglas Raye, a sister Sharon Millett, and a sister-in-law, Wanda Raye; Lillian is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jeffery Barrows of Union; her son, Dustin Barrows and his wife, Angie, of Northport; her daughters, Lori Woodworth and her husband, Stephen, of Southborough, Mass., Tammy Galeucia and her husband, Peter, of Westbrook and Shina Athearn and her husband, Aaron, of Union; a brother, William Raye of South Dakota; two sisters, Constance Pritchard of Thomaston and Diane Atwood of Colorado; 11 grandchildren, Stephen, Tiffany, and Jordyn Rose Woodworth, Isaiah and Zacari Manoogian, Sarah and Allison Galeucia, Dominic and Vincent Athearn, and Natalie and Madison Barrows; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate. Interment will follow at Amesbury Hill Cemetery, Rockport.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either A.I.O. Food Pantry, P.O. Box 113, Rockland, ME 04841; St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, c/o St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union St., Camden, ME 04843; or for the benefit of Jeffery Barrows, c/o Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 310, Camden, ME 04843.
To share a memory with Lillian’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.