Shari Gail Wight, 51, died Sept. 8, 2010, at Eastern Maine Medical Center after a short, strong battle with lung cancer.

Shari was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Monroe, La., and was raised by her mother, Juanita Lawrence, in Belfast. She attended Belfast Area High School. Shari had lots of talent and success with her occupation of sewing, first with Creative Apparel, then as co-owner of her own business, Just A.S.K., where she handcrafted beautiful handbags of leather and tapestry.

She became a mother at the age of 23, and from that point on devoted her life to being the strongest, most loving and devoted mother she could be. There were times of single parenthood for her with her two children, and nothing stood in the way of her always making them feel safe and loved to the fullest, that they would never be in need.

At the age of 36, she met and married her one and only husband, Geoffrey Olin Wight. Shari is the love of Geoffrey’s life, and he took her and her two children into his heart and life for eternity. Geoffrey allowed for his beautiful wife, Shari, to retire at an early age so that she could spend her time exactly as she wished, as his wonderful wife and mother and free spirit.

Shari lived her life to the fullest, and her path was in only the direction she chose to go. Her days were filled with passions of sun worshiping on the water’s edge, camping, kayaking and many countryside cruises to enjoy the foliage or whatever beauty Maine’s season had to offer, usually with her best friend, Harriet, at her side. You could always find her dancing to music with a Michelob in her hand, and it was hard to resist wrapping your arms around her and joining in the swing.

One of her proudest days was Dec. 5, 2009, as she attended her daughter’s wedding. She smiled, hugged, danced and loved the night away, praising her first love for all she had accomplished. Precious to her were the nights spent with her son as they enjoyed their tradition of Mom’s home-cooked dinner and an episode of “Lost.”

An animal lover for sure, she adored her pug, Zippy, and her kitties, Fatzine, Fiesty-girl-peenie and Clarence (cutest kitty in the world). Shari was always there for her friends and family in need. A truly selfless wife, mother, sister and friend, she is the sunlight of our lives. We will love, miss and cherish her always!

Shari is survived by her husband, “her soul-shine” of 16 years, Geoffrey Olin Wight, of Belfast; a daughter, “her sunshine,” Jasmine J. Bowen Keithan, and her husband, “her star-shine,” Cody, of Belfast; a son, “her moonshine,” Daniel Wood, of Belfast; a sister, Linda, and her husband, Donnie Martin, of Marrero, La.; two brothers, Clarence Lawrence II, of Belfast and Wayne Lawrence and his wife, Debbie, of Belfast; mother-figure Marjorie Bowen of Belfast; her mother and father-in-law, Nelson and Ola Wight of Belfast; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Greg and Julie, Vangie and Steve, Heidi, George and Tim of Belfast, Alabama and California; and her dear friends, Harriet Wing of Searsmont and Tom Bowen of Morrill.

Shari’s family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation to Dr. Mir and the nurses of EMMC for their kindness and true compassion in their care towards Shari during her three-week battle. We cannot thank you enough for your comfort and fight for her life and allowing us to be with her during her last days with us.

An outdoor celebration of life for Shari will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the residence of Harriet Wing, 26 South Main St., Searsmont. All who wish to reminisce in her spirit and pay tribute and condolences to her and her family are welcome.

If friends would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Shari, her family asks they be made to the Townline Animal Shelter, 46 Baker Road, Belfast, ME 04915. Shari had so much love for animals and would have given them all a home if she could.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.