Gail R. Flaherty

Sep 11, 2019
Gail Flaherty

Rockland — Gail Rowling Flaherty, 75, died peacefully in her sleep at Penobscot Bay Medical Center early Saturday morning, Sept. 7, 2019, with her daughter, Lisa, by her side.

Born Feb. 16, 1944, at the former maternity home on Orange Street in Rockland, she was the youngest of four children of Philip G. P. and Leslie (Long) Rowling. She grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in 1962, and from the Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in 1965.

Shortly after graduating from nursing school, she married Glenn Berry of Hope. Together they had two children, Lisa and Scott. In 1974 she married Michael Flaherty and together they had one son, Michael Douglas, known as "Doug."

Gail worked at Knox County General Hospital, then continued working at the same location after it became the Knox Center for Long Term Care. She retired in November of 2014 after working there for 37 years.

Gail was a loving, caring, generous person who quietly helped many people“behind the scenes. She volunteered for hospice for many years, was an avid reader, enjoyed playing Scrabble, cribbage and other games with family and friends. Gail also loved to sew and made beautiful doll clothes.

Predeceased by her parents, her brother, Philip Rowling, sister Cora Fowles and Cora’s husband, Donald, and her cousin-like-a-sister, Ruthie Maxfield, Gail is survived by her beloved sister/friend, Mary Jean Rowling Monroe (known as Jean by friends and Jeanie by family), and Jean’s husband, Fred, both of Hope; her daughter, Lisa Jones, and her husband, Eric, of Hope; two sons, Scott Berry and his wife, Kathy, of Shrewsbury Mass., Doug Flaherty and his fiancée, Amoreena Nottleman, of Hope; eight grandchildren, Alex Jones and his wife, Kaitlyn, of Provo, Utah, Mariah Jones of Rockland, Laura Leifi and her husband, Brian, of American Fork, Utah, Brian Jones, Stephen Jones, Aaron Jones all of Hope, and Simon and Jack Berry of Shrewsbury, Mass.

An informal celebration of life gathering will be held at 104 Limerock, the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility, Saturday, Sept. 14, where family and friends can drop in anytime between 3 and 5 p.m. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or go out and help someone today. Gail would have liked that.

To share a memory or condolence with Gail’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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