Kathleen Melanie (Littlefield) Sproul died April 9, 2021, at her home at the age of 69. She died after a 10-year battle with progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological disease for which there is no cure and about which little is known.

Born June 24, 1951, Kathy was the second child born to Dexter Parker Littlefield and Patricia M. (O’Grady) Littlefield in Worcester, Mass.

They moved to Belfast when Kathy was still quite young. She attended Belfast public schools, graduating from Belfast Area High School in 1969. In high school, Kathy sang in chorus, participated in school plays and American Field Service. She later attended Beal Business College in Bangor.

Kathy had two brief marriages in the 1970s, to Richard Otis and Milon Fuller Jr. These marriages, although each ended in divorce, blessed her with two children — Jason Jeremy Otis Fuller and Melanie Amber Fuller.

On Nov. 14, 1981, Kathy married her husband of nearly 40 years, Donald F. Sproul. In 1983, they had their youngest child, Bethany Ann Sproul.

Kathy was a loving mother to the three children and Kathy’s home was always welcoming to all the children’s friends. Matthew Dix, Shelby Thibodeau and Lindsay Frye were treated as members of the family. Kathy and Don attended all their children’s youth and school athletic events, school programs, dance recitals and scouting events. Kathy was a regular volunteer as the “team mom” for many of the children’s athletic teams.

Kathy spent her professional career in the medical field as a biller and office manager. She was a medical biller at MaineGeneral Medical Center and Augusta Family Physicians. She later advanced to become office manager at Augusta Family Physicians. She went into medical billing consulting for a period of time and finished her career at Central Maine Orthotics and Prosthetics. She was forced to stop working by the effects of the yet-to-be-diagnosed progressive supranuclear palsy.

She was then able to devote herself to her true calling — that of a loving grandmother. She was quick to tell anyone who would listen how beautiful and talented her eight grandchildren are!

Kathy most loved traveling and supporting her husband, children and grandchildren at numerous sports venues to watch them play. She was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for 35 years, where she sang in the church choir and helped organize and host many church dinners and fellowship events. Her homemade meatballs were always in demand! For the past five years she has been a member of Water of Life Lutheran Church in Newcastle. Kathy had a solid belief in God and knew that Jesus sacrificed so she can, and will, have eternal life. Kathy was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Kathy’s final act on earth was the donation of her brain tissue to the Cure PSP Brain Bank at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Her greatest desire was that her donation would help find the cause and eventual cure of this terminal neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents, older brother Timothy P. Littlefield and beloved sister-in-law Gayle.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Donald F. Sproul: her son Jason Fuller and his wife, Crystal, of Manchester; her daughter Melanie Lajoie and her husband, Greg, of Augusta, and her daughter Bethany Sproul LeBrun and her husband, Todd, of Augusta. She leaves behind eight precious grandchildren, Luke and Josh Lajoie, Maya and Nolan LeBrun, Grady Fuller, and Natalie, Grant and Holden Curtis.

She is survived by a brother, Sumner Scribner, and his wife, Rhonda, of Belfast; and a sister, Kimberly Clark, of Orrington; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Edward Sproul, and wife Bess of Spencer, Mass.; sister-in-law Cynthia Sproul of Augusta; brother- in-law Roger Sproul of Augusta; and sister-in-law Linda Small of Farmingdale. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Holding a special place in her heart were nieces Dynnise, Laura and Caytie; grand-nieces Madeline, Meredith and Merin; and grand-nephews Gabriel and Neil.

The family would especially like to thank the staff of MaineGeneral Hospice Care for their assistance during her last months and weeks. A special place in our hearts will always be held for Nurse Susan and Nurse Kerry.

Visiting hours will be at Knowlton-Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 23. A service of celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at Water of Life Lutheran Church, 618 U.S. Route 1, Newcastle, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24. CDC guidelines will be observed at both events.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001, or Water of Life Lutheran Church, Debt Reduction Fund, P.O. Box 206, Newcastle, ME 04553.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeralhome website at familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.