TROY – Sheila (Hendrickson) Gray, 73, died July 16, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Portland, daughter of Tivio and Agnes Hendrickson.
She graduated from Waldoboro High School, the Gorham State Normal School, and received her master’s degree in education at University of Southern Maine. She taught at elementary schools in Union, Pittsfield and SAD No. 3 and will be remembered for her patience with her students. She loved animals and was an avid birdwatcher. She was a good cook and helped on the family farm, especially in the summer. Sheila attended People’s United Methodist Church, Newport.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Robert “Billy” Gray of Troy; daughter, Sandi and husband, Philip Williams, of Topeka, Kan.; sister-in-law, Marion Kantola Overlock of Waldoboro; niece, Charlotte and husband, Ted Herrick, and their two daughters of Portland; aunt, Marie Hendrickson of Friendship; as well as several cousins in the United States and Finland. She was predeceased by brother, Rudy Kantola. Sheila’s family would like to thank Hospice, Pastor Ellen Bridge, Belinda Wee, the ladies of the church for their care and support, as well as many friends, including Diane and Jim Nute.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, with the Rev. Ellen Bridge officiating. Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of services. Burial will be at Pittsfield Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Trustees Fund, People’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 182, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.