HAMPDEN and BANGOR – Sybil T. Lester, 80, formerly of Hampden and most recently of Bangor, passed away in her sleep with her family by her side March 10, 2012, after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Laurence N. Lester "Bud," who passed away in October 2000. She was born in 1931, in the Sunny Brea area of Moncton, New Brunswick, to Florence (Judy) M. and Leonard Boutilier.
She became a U.S. citizen at age 16 when she and her mother moved to Massachusetts. She maintained a dual citizenship with Canada. She was adopted by James D. Lester and ultimately married his son, Bud. She studied to be a stenographer after high school but married Bud, a Navy master chief, to see the world. She lived in many places during her 21 years in the Navy, including Tennessee, California, Washington state, Massachusetts, Maine, the Philippines and Okinawa. She made many friends during her travels and always stayed in touch with them. After retirement from the Navy, she settled in Hampden, where she finished raising her four children and lived for more than 40 years. For several years she worked for Woolco Department Store, Bangor, where she made many lifelong friends. She had many interests including baking, sewing, knitting, home remodeling, country music, letter writing, pets, feeding birds, camping, and especially raising children. She once even tried gardening. She began every day by doing the Jumble puzzle in the paper.
She helped build and enjoyed her family camp for 50 years on Maranacook Lake in Readfield. She always had strong ties to her relatives and made many trips home to New Brunswick.
Sybil was predeceased by her mother and stepdad, Judy and James D. Lester of Centerville, Mass.; half brother, James E. Lester; and half sister, Beryl Libbey of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and her husband, Carl. She leaves behind four children and four grandchildren, James N. Lester of Essex, Mass., Michael L. Lester and wife, Cindi, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Lauree D. Gross and husband, Roger, and children, Eric C. and Mark A., of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and David W. Lester and wife, Mary, and children, Jonathan J. and Nicole E., of Winterport. She leaves behind her longtime friend and aunt, Marion G. Robinson and her daughter, Bev; and many other cousins in the Moncton, New Brunswick, area. The family would like to thank all those who participated in her care during the last few years, especially Robin Smith of Premier Home Care, Winterberry Heights Assisted Living, Loving Touch In-Home Care and Beacon Hospice.
A funeral service will be held noon Tuesday, March 13, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, with the Rev. Richard Hyman officiating. Family and friends may visit 11 a.m. until the service at noon. She will be interred at a private family service at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, alongside her husband of nearly 50 years. Memorial contributions in Sybil’s honor may be made to American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through