NORWAY – Susan Gail McElravy of South Paris, born Feb. 21, 1956, passed away on the afternoon of March 7, with her husband and sister by her side. She battled a rare cancer with great courage and grace for about two years. She underwent very difficult treatments in Maine and in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is now in Heaven; no longer plagued with the horrible pain and suffering she had endured.

She was a beautiful woman, but the real essence of her beauty was how she lived and loved life. She was a humble person of great integrity, unbelievable strength, a lover of life and the most incredible wife any man could ever wish for. She and her husband would have celebrated 33 years of marriage this coming July.

She worked various jobs throughout her working career. She worked as a costing accountant for Cornwall Industries, a firm she was with for 27 years. After they closed operations, she worked various jobs until finding work she loved with Community Concepts Inc. Her work as an energy auditor allowed her to do one of the things she loved to do most, help people that needed help.

She did not wear her emotions on her sleeve. She demonstrated great love toward her parents and family. She found great joy in attending any family get-together and loved it when she could visit with her late father, mother, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews.

She was a stereotypical Mainer, a woman of few words. She always felt actions spoke louder than words. She always maintained a positive attitude and never uttered a bad word about anyone. She was one of the few people this writer ever met that was not a complainer, despite what life threw at her.

She was a very fit and active woman who found joy in exercising daily, until the dreaded disease struck her. She was an enthusiastic outdoorswoman. She spent countless hours hiking, walking, canoeing, fishing, camping, hunting, or working in her flower gardens.

She held a trapping license for years and enjoyed the pursuit with her husband. Her favorite activity was to take walks. She adored her dogs and they most generally joined her on her treks around her parents’ farm, treks that brought her joy and a sense of peace. She also had a soft spot in her heart for her cats.

She had an artist’s eye and touch. She painted, took wondrous photographs, enjoyed making flower arrangements and wreaths. She took great pleasure in giving arrangements and wreaths as gifts to family members.

She leaves behind her husband, Scott, who adored her and loved her with all his being; her mother, Flora Komulainen; sister, Pam Woodworth and her husband, Calvin, and their children; brother, Dan Komulainen and his wife, Pam, and their children, including a most special niece, Vickie Farr; and brother, Wes Komulainen and his wife, Gerry, and their children.

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