LEWISTON — Salley (Elliott) Rayes, 71, of Lewiston, passed away Monday, July 1, at home with her loving family at her side.

She was born in New Britain, Conn., June 17, 1942, daughter of Lindwood (Duke) Elliott and Phyllis Ellen Salley. Salley was raised and educated in East Corinth, where she and her brother, Duke Jr. grew up. She graduated from Higgins Classical Institute of Charleston.

Salley worked for the telephone company as did her father and brother and retired in 1994. She continued working for several years in the field as a private contractor traveling to Connecticut. She later joined Kidspeace as a foster parent and cared for several children, until she was no longer able to continue working due to declining health. She was always full of compassion and enjoyed caring for others. She was known as “Ma” by all who knew and loved her.

Salley, known for her strength and independence, will be remembered for her devotion and love of family. Her children and grandchildren were her whole world and she will be most remembered for her dedication to them. She enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, was an avid reader, played bingo and loved listening to the serene and peaceful sounds of ocean waves, rain and wind chimes.

Salley is survived by her three daughters, Mary Lachance, Susan Clark and Julie Clark, all of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Mackenzie Pride, Raegan Clark, Nicholas Pepin, Gracie Pepin and Jack Pepin; two great-grandsons, Elliot Poulin and Myles Poulin; sister-in-law, Arlene Elliott; niece, Lynnette Elliott; nephew, Troy Cunningham, all of Florida; and cousin, Kathy Salley Merrill and her husband, Ed, of Monmouth.

She was predeceased by her parents; her little brother, Linwood (Duke) Elliott Jr.; her cousins, Peter Salley, Pam Salley, David Salley and Douglas Salley; and her uncle, Franklin Salley.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to Androscoggin Home Hospice staff for the loving care and support they provided during her final months, especially her primary, Sherm and to Kenny Allen for always being there and being a part of her care at home. So many extended their love and support during this time and made it possible for her to be cared and depart by her family.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Salley’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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