Sharon Paula Winters Theofrastou, 73

Jul 20, 2012

Sharon Paula Winters Theofrastou, age 73, passed away unexpectedly in Scarborough on Sunday afternoon, July 14. Notwithstanding Scarborough emergency medical technicians' valiant and repeated attempts to save her, she passed away in her home.

Sharon was born March 2, 1939, to Dorothy Mussey Winters and Paul Melvin Winters in Waterville, and raised in Belfast, Maine, where she graduated from high school. In her early years, she worked for Delta Airlines, which took her to New York City, Boston and Miami, Fla. On November 23, 1960, she married James Lee Womack in Winthrop, Mass. They had two children, James Paul and Theodore Charles. On August 2, 1969, she married George Theofrastou, who adopted her children and then Sharon and George raised their family, including Wayne, George's son from his first marriage.

Later in life, Sharon graduated from the University of Southern Maine, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She was an avid pianist and taught many (including her sons) to enjoy the musical arts and the joy of performing. She had a voracious appetite for knowledge and literature and was quick to settle into long, principled discussions about her beliefs. Sharon was a selfless volunteer, working with the elderly and those in need until her final days. Over the years she served as both lay leader and lay speaker in her church and used her faith and talents to bring joy and hope to others. In particular, she served three local nursing homes where she was much beloved by the residents.

She is survived by her sons, James (Asheville, N.C.), Theodore (Chardon, Ohio) and Wayne (West Paris, Maine), and their children Maxell, Hannah, Ceilidh (of James), Whitman (of Theodore), Nicholas and Heather (of Wayne). She is also survived by her loving sister, Brenda Bailey (Wilmington, Mass.) and Brenda's children Jason (Lowell, Mass.) and Donnette (Prairie duChein, Wis.)

Sharon's inimitable sense of joy and fun brought a smile to many and she will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Her passage was sudden and unexpected, but her final days were marked with joy, optimism and the sunny shores of her home. Her family and friends rest comfortably in the knowledge that "the Lord watches over her and the Lord is her shade at her right hand." (Psalm 121).

Donations made in her memory should be sent to the Scarborough Food Pantry, 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Maine, 04074.

A Christian funeral service will be held at the West Scarborough Methodist Church, 2 Church Street, on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours ("a celebration of life") to honor Sharon, will be held from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home 671 Us Route 1, Scarborough, Maine.

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