PORTLAND – Carol C. Sawyer, 76, of 132 Pleasant St., Mechanic Falls, died Monday, Feb. 3, at Maine Medical Center, after a long battle with kidney disease.

She was born in Lewiston, on Feb. 18, 1932, a daughter to the late Kenneth and Florence Conner. She graduated from Edward Little High school, Class of 1949. She married the love of her life, Mike (Malcolm) Sawyer of Mechanic Falls on July 16, 1949.

She worked alongside Mike for many years in the lumber business, while raising their four daughters. Later she achieved her private pilot’s license, and enjoyed her sales time with Princess House.

She is known for her friendly and inviting manner, exuberant joy and overall love for life. She will always be remembered for her unconditional love. You could be a millionaire or a derelict and she loved you equally and saw all the good.

She was an accomplished pianist, organist and choir director. Her love for music was evident as she had a song for everything. She was constantly knitting and crocheting beautiful articles for her loved ones and the family favorite was her signature afghans. She generously used her gift of hospitality and enjoyed cooking and serving others.

She leaves her husband of almost 60 years, Mike; four daughters, Mary Ellen Sawyer of Auburn, Vicki Grover and husband, Ralph, of State College, Pa., Janet Strout and husband, Phil, of Lewiston and Rachel Labbay and husband, Dana, of Poland; eight grandchildren, James Grover and wife, Michelle, of Lisbon Falls, Joel Grover and wife, Cyrene, of Colorado, Jonathan Grover and wife, Merideth, of New Jersey, Amy Haughan and husband, Andy, of Minnesota, Aaron Strout and wife, Jenny, of Sabattus, Jenna Stepp and husband, Shawn, of Lewiston and Danielle Girouard and Curtis Labbay of Poland; 11 great-grandchildren, Joel, Shawn and Kristian Grover, Elijah and Sophia Grover, Emma Grover, Cheyenne and Magdolyn Ryder, Patrick Strout and Marie and Ellie Stepp; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Goss and husband, Harold, and Connie Drigotas and husband, Frank.

She was predeceased by her sister, Natalie Young.

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