Shirley May Richardson

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT – Shirley May Richardson, 70, passed away August 12, 2014, at Brewer Rehabilitation Center after her courageous struggle with cancer. She was born October 3, 1943, to Earlon Sr. and Wilhelmina (Mountain) Richardson in Dover-Foxcroft. She attended the Harland Ladd School and Foxcroft Academy.

She was a well-known seamstress, known for her many beautiful gowns, wedding dresses and wedding parties. She made and collected dolls. She had made many incredible quilts, beautiful curtains and intricate costumes for her grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and the community. She sewed many outfits for the Shriners. She enjoyed traveling on her many trips to Texas and Canada to visit her extended family with her loving husband, Paul. She enjoyed flea markets, garage sales and finding good deals was her specialty. She loved flowers. She was an avid gardener; she worked very hard on all of her gardens. She was a loving wife and mother, totally devoted to her family. She always loved family gatherings.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Paul Harrison, who was always there for her in any way possible. He traveled to Brewer every day at the crack of dawn to spend the entire day at her bedside comforting her. She is also survived by her step-children Jeffery Harrison and Tamara Harrison; her daughter-in-law, Carol Blethen; her brothers and sisters, William Richardson, Earlon Jr. and Betty Richardson, Terry and Sylvia Richardson, Pamela and Donald Reynolds, Judy and Terry Snow; her grandchildren, Jeffery Paul, Phoenix, Shyla, and Blake Harrison, and Jasmine Sanchez; her great- grandchildren, Rylin Murphy and Willow Harrison; and many special nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Shirley was pre-deceased by her babies, Lisa Marie, Amy Lynn, Kevin Scott, and Dawn Marie; her son, Erik Blethen; her parents, Earlon Sr. and Wilhelmina; her brothers, Robert and Thomas; and her sisters, Janette Dyer and Blanche Brahen. She will be truly missed by all.

There will be a graveside service held at Sebec Corner Cemetery on August 16, 2014, at 1:00 pm. After the service friends and family are invited to a get together at the Harrison’s residence, 697 Range Road, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine to celebrate Shirley’s life. In lieu of flowers, any gifts can be giving to Paul Harrison to help with the cost of the service. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

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