INDIAN ISLAND – Sharon Louise Francis, 72, died unexpectedly Aug. 11, 2010, surrounded by her loving family and friends at her home. She was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Columbus, Ind., the daughter of Joseph I. and Elizabeth (Brown) Gray. Sharon graduated from Livingston Academy, Livingston, Tenn., and then continued on to join the U.S. Air Force. She proudly served her country for eight months before being discharged in 1958. She held many different positions in her life, which included being a stitcher of shirts and shoes, a site supervisor for ME Indian Transportation, assistant manager at Sockalexis Hockey Arena, she transported medical patients for Penobscot Indian Health, and she also transported youth for school and summer trips. Among all of her accomplishments, Sharon was the first woman in Maine to become a youth hockey coach, and she was a highly regarded member of the Penobscot community. She enjoyed coaching basketball for the youth of Indian Island and volunteering to cook for the Wabanaki Confederacy and other gatherings. She was an avid fisherwoman and always loved to be outside. Sharon is survived by five children, Christopher “Charlie Brown” Francis, Michael Socoby, Victoria Spencer, Yvonne “Cookie” Ferland and Darlene Page; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many close friends. In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by her husband, Harry “Tony” Francis Jr.; and her brother, Joseph Thomas. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on her birthday, Monday, Aug. 16, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Indian Island. A luncheon will be held after the service at the parish hall. Burial will be at a later date. Notes of condolences may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.
SHARON L. FRANCIS
Posted Aug. 15, 2010, at 10:09 p.m.