Velma E. Gerry Gamage, 59, died Sept. 18, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport after an extended illness.

Born in Camden April 9, 1951, she was the daughter of Cecil Lamont Sr. and Lucielle Evelyn (Dyer) Gerry. Growing up in Lincolnville, she was educated in local schools and was a 1970 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School. While in high school she was involved in the Twin Town Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, playing bugle to the delight of her family and friends.

In 1974 she married John W. Gamage, spending the early years of her marriage as a military wife in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a homemaker most of her life, raising her family in the Midcoast. After her children were grown, she and her husband moved to Johnson City, Tenn., where they managed apartments for 10 years, returning to Maine in 2008.

Velma took great pride in her family and friends, and particularly enjoyed entertaining them in her home.

Long interested in the history of local lighthouses, visiting these lighthouses was a favorite activity for Velma. Her interest in lighthouses developed into an extensive collection of lighthouse-related memorabilia. She also enjoyed boating on the ocean and visiting the islands of Penobscot Bay whenever possible.

For many years, Velma was involved in a local bowling league. She enjoyed karaoke, dancing and “camp” nights around a bonfire. She considered Bernice “Bunny” Gieseman of Warren and Kathy Tucci of Bowdoinham her “best buddies.”

Velma loved traveling to new places, seeing new things and was always the first person to say, “let’s go!” encouraging family and friends to join her in her travel plans. She had a great sense of humor, loved to tease others and could always provide a very funny punch line at just the right moment.

Other than her parents, Velma was predeceased by a son, John W. Gamage Jr., in 1974.

She is survived by her husband, John W. Gamage, of Rockland; her children, Lori Lynn Lamb of Wiscasset, John W. “Dubbau” Gamage III of Bowdoinham and Hannah Lee Gamage of Limestone, Tenn.; her stepdaughters, Robin Kistuline and Dawn Marie Tinsley, both of Kentucky; two brothers, Rosendel “Rosey” Gerry and Cecil “Monty” Gerry, both of Lincolnville; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Velma’s life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Private interment will be at a later date.

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