Stillwater and Sangerville - Sharon Lee Melia, 73, died peacefully April 3, 2020, NLEMMC, Bangor. She was born January 3, 1947, in Sangerville, daughter of Ernest and June (Edgerly) Mitchell.
Sharon was an education inspiration to her children, family, and peers. She earned her MBA in Community Agency Counseling through the University of Maine at Orono, Class of 1987; while raising her sons as a single parent. She consistently made the Dean’s Honors list.
Sharon was employed for 29 years with Maine Department of Human Services in Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. She was a pioneer in developing and working with a team in the Spire Jobs Program. Additionally, she was involved with several volunteer endeavors in the local communities.
Sharon’s passion was her family and her grandchildren. She cherished her elaborate Christmas celebrations and these delightful events were some of her most cherished moments. Sharon never missed a spring preparing and cleaning family gravesites after the long winter months. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all of the people she interacted with.
Sharon is survived by her two sons, Mark W. and wife, Kathy, of the U.S. Navy in Stuttgart, Germany, and Jon of St. Albans; sister, Beverly of San Francisco, California; two granddaughters, Trista Melia of Dexter, and Tiffani “Tiff” Melia of Farmington; former husband, Jerald “Jerry” Melia of Guilford; several nieces and nephews; and her Scottie dog companion, Hamish.
Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and June Mitchell; her beloved grandson, Kegan Melia; special sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Harry Drew; and her Scottie dog friends/companions.
There will be a graveside memorial service held at the Village Cemetery, Sangerville, with a date to be announced. Those who wish to remember Sharon, may make a gift in her memory to the Scottish Terrier Club of New England- point of contact Ms. Kathryn Foley, (207) 843-5042.Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.