ROCKLAND — Sharon A. Rawley, 64, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the Emergency Department of Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, following a long illness.
Born in Bar Harbor on Oct. 11, 1947, she was the daughter of Otto K. Sr. and Pearley Robinson Proctor. After moving to Rockland as an infant, she attended local schools while growing up in Rockland.
She married Ivan C. Rawley in Rockland on Nov. 11, 1964. Shortly after their marriage, the Rawleys moved to East Hartford, Conn., where they resided until returning to Rockland in 1979.
While raising her family, Sharon worked at several area seafood plants and also with Crowe Rope Company.
Until retiring due to health issues this past May, Sharon worked more than 20 years with Sentry Table Pad Company, now Bricher Lydon, in Rockland’s industrial park.
A voracious reader, she also loved shopping at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.
While fighting her illness, Sharon displayed amazing strength, shown by her commitment to go camping Thursday at her favorite place in the world, Beaver Lodge on Alford Lake. She even made the effort to go swimming Sunday.
Sharon was predeceased by her father, Otto, on Jan. 13, 2000, and her brother, Maurice “Moe” Proctor, just six weeks ago, June 16, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ivan C. Rawley; her mother, Pearley; her son, Jerel T. Rawley, all of Rockland; two daughters, Janet M. Ward and her husband, Rick, of Pittston and Julie V. Hanscom and her husband, Steve, of Otisfield; two brothers, Otto K. Proctor Jr. and his wife, Darlene, of Rockland and Loring E. Proctor and his wife, Debby, of Thomaston; two sisters and their husbands, June and Philip Morris of Tenants Harbor, and Susan and Marcel Ward of Rockland; six grandchildren, Scott Whitehill, Robbie Milliken, Charles Rawley, Nicole Keating, Jacob Rawley and Holden Wood; three great-grandchildren, Damion Whitehill, London Lewis and Dominick Rawley; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Pastor Tom Rawley will officiate. A graveside committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at Achorn Cemetery in Rockland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Care Fund, c/o PenBay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or story with Sharon’s family, please visit her online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.