2014-02-28 / Obituaries

Sarah Davis

Sarah (Sally) A. Davis, 86, of Saco, formerly of Kennebunk and Calais, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at her home in Saco with several of her family members by her side. She worked hard to make it to her 87th birthday on the 21st but when she felt that would not be possible, she requested and was granted an earlier celebration with family.

Sally was born Feb. 21, 1927, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. She graduated in 1944 from St. Stephen High School, and after graduating, she attended Mt. Crabbe Business College in St. Stephen, earning a secretary/bookkeeper certificate. She worked at Garcelona Stamp Company sorting stamps and later at the Royal Bank of Canada where she was manager for a year.

In 1947 Sally had a chance meeting with a young U.S. Navy man in blues. She fell in love with the uniform first and then with Phil himself second. They dated for two weeks before Phil left to go overseas and continued to date until they were married May 1, 1948. After starting a family in Calais, she and her family moved to Kennebunk in the early ’60s, living more than 40 years there before moving to Saco.

Sally lived a full life and had many hobbies and passions, including first and foremost spending time with family and friends. She knitted, crocheted, made clothes for her children, she enjoyed roller skating, ice skating, dancing, camping, boating, going to the beach, traveling, shopping, entertaining, going out to lunch, spending time at her family cottage in St. Stephen and wintering in Florida. Mrs. Davis renovated a few homes, started up and ran her own real estate business (Webhannet Realty) for a time and also opened Ye Olde Ice Cream Parlor. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines, Arundel Yacht Club, Helping Hands, Webhannet Women’s Club as well as others. She liked computers and had a tablet to do crossword puzzles on. There was no doubt she was happiest when she was busy or on the go.

After her husband died in 2004 Sally needed something to fill the void. She joined a local Red Hat’s group and the Women’s Education and Industrial Union and volunteered at Southern Maine Medical Center. Sally also became a member of the SMMC Auxiliary where she was a member of the board for a term, and looked forward to meetings and events. She also took up painting in her 80’s and was thrilled to share her work with family members.

Sally’s family would like to thank her special friend Bob for his companionship over the last several years and express their appreciation to Nicole for her wonderful care over the last few months and to Michelle for her exceptional kindness over the past 10 years. They would also like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine for enabling them to follow her wishes to keep her in her home until she was ready to move on.

Sally was a great sport and a real trooper all the way to her end and will be sadly missed but happily remembered by many.

Besides her parents, Jennie (Tower) Russell and Kenneth Russell, Sally was predeceased by her husband Philip R. Davis and her sister Helen Louise Corning. She is survived by her children Janet Davis of Chester, Joyce (Gordon) Mailman and Joy (Roland) Eon, both of Saco, Jill Farley of Old Orchard, a brother Eugene (Christine) Russell of St Stephen NB, grandchildren Wayne, Tony, Nicole, Becky, Kenny and Jana as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk on Saturday, Feb. 22, and was followed by a celebration of life. Interment was held Monday, Feb. 24 at at Calais Cemetery, South Street, Calais.

If desired, donations may be made to SMHC Auxiliary, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, ME 04005 or Hospice of Southern Maine, US Rte. 1, Suite #1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Arrangements by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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