SEDGWICK — Wendy Lee Carroll, 58, passed suddenly but peacefully in her sleep Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Wendy was born Wendy Lee Chapman to Robert and Lillian (Sawyer) Chapman of Portland. Robert served in the Navy and Lillian was a homemaker, housekeeper and all-around community connector.
Wendy grew up mostly in Portland, attended Deering High School and spent many summers on Castine’s backshore with her grandparents, William and Lillian Sawyer. She fondly spoke of her days riding city buses around Portland with her grandparents and walking the beach in Castine. Early in Wendy’s career, she worked in banking and insurance. She was married to Philip Carroll in 1976 and had three daughters. After their divorce, Wendy relocated her family to Sedgwick with her mother, where she spent the next 29 years building a wonderful life; a life she chose for the quiet, small-town community, and its proximity to the ocean.
Wendy spent her best and longest years working at Brooklin Boatyard in the front office. Wendy spoke of her co-workers, some 60 to 70 boat builders and craftsman, with great affection and took the unspoken role as “boatyard mother.”
Wendy was a hardworking woman who was an avid artist and gardener. She dried and painted gourds, created oil landscapes, enjoyed woodworking and was never idle. Wendy jarred pickles and jellies, was known for her cookies, and grew a garden that kept her busy most of the summer and fall. She walked the village daily and spent hours each year walking the beach in Sargentville.
Wendy’s sources of pride were her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind three daughters, Jaime Carroll Stone, of Camden; Heidi Carroll Turner, of Holden; and Ashley Carroll, of Houston, Texas. Her five grandchildren, Maddox, Lillia, Ashton, Jaden, and Maya will miss her greatly. She also leaves behind her brother, James Chapman, of Homasasa Springs, Fla.
Please join us in celebrating her life at Barncastle in Blue Hill, on Saturday, Feb. 7, between 1 and 4 p.m. A graveside service will be planned for this summer in Castine, where Wendy will be laid to rest at her mother’s side.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to one of Wendy’s favorite places, Birdsacre in Ellsworth: Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary (Birdsacre), P.O. Box 485, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home in Bucksport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com