SEDGWICK — Shirley V. (Gray) Cooper, 89, of Sedgwick, passed away March 29, 2013, of cancer quietly at Waldo County General Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born July 20, 1923, in South Brooksville, the daughter of the late Mark H. Gray and Albra (Robbins) Gray.
Shirley is survived by her daughter-in-law, Beulah (Gray) Colby and her husband, Norman, of Swanville; her grandchildren, Sherilyn (Gray) Jackson and her husband, Fred, of Lincolnville, Jeanna (Gray) Bonin and her husband, Bruce, of Swanville, Matthew Gray and his wife, Janie, of Swanville, Valerie (Gray) Stone and her husband, Shawn, of Frankfort, Shannan (Colby) Salami and her husband, Abraham, of Appleton; 10 great-grandchildren, Chadwick Hutchinson, Britney Jackson, Aaron Colby, Marcus Colby and his wife, Ericca, Megan Quatrano and her husband, Christopher, Adam Gray, Crystal Gray, Anthony Stone, Matthew Stone, Rochelle Stone; six great-great-grandchildren, Kaylee Hutchinson, Annaleigh Colby, Aiden Colby, Jayden Gray, EllieMae Stone, Ava Salami. Also, survived by many nieces and nephews, including Terry Gray of Lewiston and Tommy Cooper of Brooksville. She will be sadly missed by many of her friends, including Ruth Stevens, Clara Gray, Esther Wadsworth and Shirley Crum. She was predeceased by her husband, Adelbert Cooper; her only son, Raymond Gray, formerly of Northport; sisters, Marie Gray and Reba Gray, formerly of Auburn, Jessie Gray, formerly of Massachsetts; brothers, Vincent Gray, formerly of Hampden, Ray Gray, formerly of Massachusetts and Ernest Gray, formerly of Brooksville.
Shirley worked alongside her husband with his fishing boat and harvesting their blueberry fields, along with selling them by the quart on her stand on Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick. After her husband passed, Shirley, at the age of 50, obtained her driver’s license and worked at various inns and nursing homes until her retirement. She liked to knit and crochet, hats, mittens, dollies and afghans. Shirley loved her family and attended most family functions. She was very outgoing, loved people, loved music, and surprised people with her sense of humor.
Shirley’s family wishes to thank the staff of the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for the excellent care they gave to Shirley during her final days. The doctors, nurses and volunteers of the hospice unit provided much-needed and greatly appreciated support to the family during this difficult period.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. April 6, 2013, at the Sedgwick Elementary School, Sedgwick. A graveside service will be held in late May in Forrest Home Cemetery, Sedgwick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Waldo County Hospice, P.O. Box 407, Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.