Sally P. Witman


PORTLAND – Sally P. Witman died peacefully at her home in Portland on Jan. 23.

She was born June 18, 1929, at Fort Banks, Mass., the daughter of Col. Clark C. Witman and Natalie Knox Witman. As the daughter of a military family, she traveled extensively and attended numerous schools before graduating from Collegeville-Trappe High School in Pennsylvania. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and Design and West Chester College in West Chester, Pa.

She was a people person who made friends with every waitress and opened her home to anyone in need. She was constantly sketching, writing, redecorating or painting something. An avid sports fan, she and her husband, Henry N. Paradis Jr., rarely missed a Sea Dogs or Portland Pirates home game.

She was a lifelong community volunteer at organizations, including 4-H, foster parenting, Rape Crisis Hotlines and the Maine Youth Center. She often cared for young people in need, including her granddaughter, Nicquelle Real Gendron.

In addition to art and gardening, she loved to travel abroad and made friends wherever she went. During a trip to Africa, she met a young man named Allan Kilevo of Arusha, Tanzania and they began a two-year correspondence. Eventually, Allan came to live with her and her husband and has since completed college, married and settled in Virginia.

She is survived by her husband, Henry; and leaves four children, Dulcie Yeaton Witman of Portland, Dana Alanson, and his wife, Frankie Dunleavy Yeaton, of Middlebury, Vt., Dirk Witman, and his wife, Jennifer S. Yeaton, of Portland and Dena Yeaton Breault of Cazenovia, N.Y. She was doubly fortunate to have enjoyed her grandchildren, Nicquelle Real Gendron (deceased), Denae Ann Gendron, Tanya Deitrich Witman, James Dunleavy and Vanessa Dunleavy Yeaton, Benjamin Samuel and Elizabeth Paige Yeaton and Edward Breault; and two great-grandchildren, William and Iris Gendron; her stepson, Christopher Paradis, and his wife, Zoe, of New Gloucester; her stepdaughter, Regina Betterly, and her husband, Eugene, of Oneanta, N.Y.; and Alden Christopher and Savannah Rose Betterly, her stepgrandchildren.