1934 – 2016

AUBURN — Shirley W. Libby, 81, of Jay said goodbye to her loving family Tuesday, May 24, at Clover Manor in Auburn.

Shirley was born Nov. 9, 1934, a daughter of A. Matthew and Beulah A. (Shirley) White. She attended Old Town High School and married her high school sweetheart, Roger F. Libby, on Sept. 28, 1951. In 1959, they moved to Jay where they raised their children, Gregory, Gail and Debbie.

For 20 years, Shirley and Roger owned and operated a Sears Catalog Franchise in Livermore Falls. Shirley later worked at the University of Southern Maine in the senior companion program in which she took great care in assisting senior citizens in their day-to-day activities.

Shirley, known to her grandchildren as “Gram,” was known for her competitive spirit and enjoyed playing games with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed card games, cribbage and dominoes and she loved taking trips to the casinos with her sisters. She was a practical woman who was rarely flustered and had a welcoming, open home to all. Shirley will be remembered as a kind and loving mother and Gram, the true matriarch of her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Gregory Libby of Jay, Gail Cailler and her husband, Dan, of Lewiston, and Debbie Lecznar and her fiancé, Bob Ham, of Turner; a very special niece, Kelly Millett and her husband, Scott, of Wales; sisters, Betty Hotham and her husband, Charles, of Old Town, Nancy Leavitt of Old Town, and Cynthia Davis and her husband, John, of Old Town; grandchildren, Jason Soucy and his wife, Trish, Leigh Roberts, Corey Roberts and his companion, Jessica Collins, Shaun Rugar and his wife, Michala, Kurt Libby and his wife, Micheala, Lisa Smith and her husband, Zach, Jon Lecznar and his companion, Jane D’Addario, and Kevin Libby and his wife, Ashley; great-grandchildren, Kim, Britt, Joardin, Aria, Donald, Leo, Hanna, Nolan, Judson, Asher and Lilly; and special great-nieces, Livanah, Magnolia and Delaney.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roger; and a niece, Katherine LaBrecque.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Clover Manor for their loving care, as well as Beacon Hospice for their care and support, especially Jamie.

Tributes and condolences may be shared by visiting www.wilesrc.com.

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