BANGOR and BAILEYVILLE – Irene Elizabeth (Barlow) Sprague, 91, passed away peacefully Oct. 11, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Saskatchewan, to Barbara Ethel (Howland) and Harry Brooks Barlow.
Irene moved with her parents at a young age to Mayfield, New Brunswick. She attended schools and graduated from St. Stephen High School. In 1940 she married Lawrence Sprague of Baileyville – Woodland, where they made their home together until his death in 1987. She moved to Bangor in 1989 where she enjoyed her flower gardens and walking. Shortly after moving Irene wanted to do something for her community. She set up a personal can and bottle collection that all the proceeds went to Manna Missions of Bangor. Throughout the years before her health failed she had given Manna more than $10,000 worth of what she had collected. She always said 20 of those 5 cent cans makes a dollar and every dollar can go toward feeding or clothing someone. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Baileyville.
Irene was predeceased by her grandson, Randall Sprague; her husband, Lawrence; sister, Gladys Charters; and brothers, Clayton, George and Hazen Barlow. She is survived by her children, Robert and wife, Patsy Sprague, of Cowley, Wyo., Carolyn Sprague of Bangor and Gary Sprague and his wife, Marilyn, of Topsham; grandchildren, Toni and her husband, Richard Parker, of Cowley, Wyo., Erica and husband, Patrick Allen, of Bangor, Carly and husband, Ben Leeman, of Bath and Christopher Sprague of Topsham; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Aaron Parker of Cowley, Wyo., Emerson Allen of Bangor, and Wesley, Rory and Georgia Leeman of Bath; her brother, Evans Barlow of Arizona; sister-in-law, Janis Sprague of Lincoln; many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to all her caregivers, doctors and nurses at Ross Manor for the past six years.
A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Stephen Rural Cemetery, St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Relatives and friends are invited to a gathering of fellowship and refreshments at United Methodist Church of Baileyville after the service. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.