SEARSPORT — Chelsea Ann Merithew, 27, also of Waterville, after her courageous battle against leukemia, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021, at a Portland Hospital surrounded by her parents and fiancé. She was born in Portland, the daughter of Theresa A. (Haupt) and Patrick B. Merithew.

Chelsea was an energetic, independent and creative person who loved spending time with family and friends. In her downtime, she was an avid reader and enjoyed watching all genres of movies, especially horror, as was evident by her favorite holiday, Halloween. She had an eclectic taste in music with a preference for ’80s big hair bands. Chelsea loved caring for others; this led her to a fulfilling career in mental health care. Her caring spirit was not limited to humans; she also loved and cared for animals throughout her life and often brought home rescues and strays.

Chelsea is survived by her mother and father; fiancé Justin Sularie; many relatives and friends; and her faithful feline companions, Kitkat, Doodles and Binx.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at Merithew Cemetery in Searsport. In place of flowers, the family asks that you bring plants to grow Chelsea’s Memorial Garden. A celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moose Point State Park in Searsport. Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home Searsport. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at mitchelltweedie-young.com.