Shelly A. Eaton

Nov 01, 2017
Shelly Eaton

Washington — On a cool, crisp fall day, surrounded by her loved ones and with her husband of 37 years holding her hand, Shelly A. Eaton passed peacefully away Oct. 13, 2017.

Born July 27, 1955, to Geraldine and Joseph Lounsbury, Shelly grew up in Hampden. One of four siblings, she spent her summers fishing and swimming at her parents' camp on Swan Lake and helping at Johnson’s Horse Farm in Newburg. In the winter, she enjoyed skiing at Sugarloaf and playing basketball for the Hampden Academy Broncos. Shelly attended Beal Business College in 1973, where she met the love of her life, Jeffrey Eaton. They were married in 1980.

Following graduation, she worked for the Maine State Attorney General’s Criminal Division on many high-profile cases as a legal secretary until she retired in 1995. Shelly and Jeff lived in Richmond for 25 years, where they raised two daughters and an entire menagerie of animals, including horses, cows, pigs, sheep and one particularly mean goat. An accomplished rider, Shelly was actively involved in both 4-H and Pony Club. She also enjoyed going to Puckerbrush Horse Camp and volunteering at Flying Changes, a therapeutic riding center in Topsham.

In 1985 Shelly was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a very rare form of degenerative muscular dystrophy. Despite her physical limitations – or perhaps because of them – Shelly was able to find the beauty in life’s smallest moments, whether it was a glowing sunset or the sound of her grandson’s laughter. Over the course of their marriage, her husband cannot recall a single time when she ever spoke an unkind word about anyone. Even though her body was weak, Shelly’s optimism and courage made her the strongest woman her family and friends have ever known. May her indomitable spirit and tenacious grip on life live on within all of us. She will be dearly missed.

Shelly is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Eaton; two daughters, Jillian Eaton Biehl and her husband, Craig, of Pennsylvania, Kasey Leidenroth and her husband, William, of Maine; beloved grandson Hank Biehl; brother Joseph Lounsbury Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Florida; sisters Sharon Wright and her husband, Robert, of Ohio, Sheila Marriner and her husband, Michael, of Maine; nieces Melissa Osher, Sarah Marriner, Stacy McCarthy, Lisa Wright Shuster and Lauren Wright; nephews Jason Lounsbury, Bryan Wright, Zachary Marriner and Daniel Wright; and aunts Ann Lounsbury and her husband, Merle, and Sally Lounsbury.

A celebration of life will be announced in the spring and will be held at the family farm in Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be sent to Horses with Hope, 38 Grassow Loop, Hope, ME 04847.

Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are wit Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.

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