SWANVILLE — Sarah Catherine (Simpson) Knowlton, loving wife, mother, grandmother and GG, went to her heavenly home June 3, 2022, at the age of 87.  She was born on April 13, 1935, in Nansemond County, Virginia, to James W. and Elsie D. Simpson. 

Sarah was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roland H. Knowlton Sr.; her parents; two brothers, Leroy and Bill Simpson; her sister, Polly Edwards;  and two grandsons, Jason Knowlton and Brandon Maddocks. 

Sarah grew up in Virginia with her eight siblings on farms run by her parents. She learned about hard work at an early age. When her future husband Roland came to work on the farm, they quickly fell in love and married. In 1964, pregnant with child number four, they loaded up the car and moved to Maine, where they lived until their deaths. They bought land, worked hard and raised five children and helped raise her two youngest brothers after the deaths of her parents. 

Sarah worked hard throughout her life and she valued the importance of an education. Having had to quit school to help with the farm and her siblings when her parents died, she never got over not having her high school diploma. She returned to night school at Searsport District High School and graduated with her diploma in 1975, the same year as her oldest daughter. She knew to have a good life you needed both education and hard work.

Sarah, often called Cathy by her friends, had many jobs throughout her life. She worked many years in the local shoe industry and later she retired from Stinson Canning in Belfast. Though she had retired, she continued to work. She worked as a cook and baker at Tall Pines, Shop ‘n’ Save and Swan Lake Grocery. She loved to cook and bake and was known for her yeast rolls and pies. She loved to feed her family and others. She was always in the kitchen at home and at church suppers.

Sarah was a talented seamstress and craftswoman. She loved to knit, crochet, quilt and sew, and shared her passion and talent for crafting and creating with her children and grandchildren. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren never left her home without a new ball of yarn or some fabric to create with.  

Family was everything to Sarah, and she had a large one. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Roland (Butch) Jr. and his wife Pam of Swanville, Linwood (Buddy) and his wife Carol of Swanville, Catherine and Tom Ciofolo of Swanville, Ben and his wife Sandy of Northport, and Alta Seekins and her husband Brent of Dixmont; her 12 grandchildren: Justin, Chris, Micheal, Linsey, Dayna-Mae, Mia, Genna, Laci, Jessi, Ben, Alexis and Aaron; 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her family in Virginia, brothers Robert, Kelley, Earl, John Wayne and sister Joyce, and several nieces and nephews.  

Sarah was cared for during her illness and decline by her family, especially by her daughter Catherine and son Roland. The family is eternally thankful to them for their loving care and devotion to Mom.    

Sarah will be laid to rest in the family cemetery in Swanville. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. 

 

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