Pauline M. Stanley

Dec 31, 2012

Rockport — Pauline M. Stanley, 90, of Rockport passed away peacefully Dec. 25, 2012.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., the daughter of Lewis and Eva Tatham. She received her education in Rockport schools and attended Colby College. She married W. Kent Stanley in 1942; after living in Massachusetts and Florida, they settled permanently in Rockport where they raised their five children. She enjoyed working out of doors and became an avid rose gardener. In her later years, she enjoyed being grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. She was active in the Rockland Baptist Church, as a soloist and member of the choir and as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School volunteer; later she attended Thomaston Baptist Church and most recently Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church. She lived her Christian faith and practiced charity; she had a soft and generous spot for those in need, visiting shut-ins and nursing home residents, and when no longer able to continue that mission she became a correspondent and prayer partner to many and supported various ministries.

She is predeceased by her husband W. Kent Stanley of 59 years, her eldest daughter Margaret A. Stanley-Small and a brother, Lewis C. Tatham. She is survived by two daughters; Deborah S. Washburn and her husband Kevin of Rockport, Kathleen S. Gambrell and her husband John of Little River, S.C.; two sons: Lawrence K. Stanley and his wife Nichola of Warwick, R.I., David E. Stanley and his wife Bunny of Somerville; son-in-law Carl Small of Rockport; two brothers, Charles Tatham and his wife Debbie of Barrington, N.H., and Douglas Tatham and his wife Pam of Clinton, sister-in-law Gerry Tatham of Edgewater, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be Friday, Jan. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pauline Stanley may be made to one of her favorite charities: His Hands for Haiti, P.O. Box 62, New Vineyard, ME 04956.

The family would like to thank Kno-Wal-Lin for the wonderful care and support that allowed their mother to remain in her own home until her death. To share a memory or story with Mrs. Stanley’s family, please visit her online Book of Memories at

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