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Sherylyn D. Gordon (1948-2017)

PHILLIPS - Sherylyn Dale (Smith, Coffren) Gordon, 68, of Phillips died peacefully on Feb. 13, 2017 at her home in Phillips, after a few years of declining health.

Sherylyn D. Gordon

Sherry was born on Dec. 21, 1948, in Farmington, the daughter of Frank Savage Smith and Marilyn Leona Mecham Smith. Sherry lived in Phillips her whole life and attended school in Phillips.

She worked in various places throughout her life. She was a stitcher at Franklin Shoe, a tree planter at Superior Tree Planting, a laborer at Brackley’s Wood Turning, and an office secretary at Dr. Hoch’s Family Practice. In 2003, Sherry received her carpentry certificate at Central Maine Technical Institute and became a self-employed carpenter.

Sherry was a real country girl who enjoyed Bray Hill from the time she was little until the day she died. She enjoyed her; “mansion on the hill,” vegetable and flower gardens, canning, freezing and cooking. She loved watching all of the wild animals, her views of the changing weather, and the mountains. She also enjoyed all the get-togethers, family holidays, lunch with the cousins, rides to see the Christmas lights, sledding parties, and spending time with the neighbors.

Sherry always had time to help others, was a hard worker, and gave whatever she had to anyone who was in need. Sherry’s life wasn’t easy but you would never know, as she always kept her chin up and had a positive outlook on life itself. It is evident with the outpouring of support that Sherry was wealthy when it came to friends and family. She was always positive and never complained (well maybe a little bit now and then!).

She was one of those people that you never had to guess what she thought, because she would let you know. After her second husband Ron passed away, she met Ernie Gould. They enjoyed many of the same things in life. They would work-growing fruits and veggies in the garden, preparing food for the farmers market, collecting firewood, canning and mowing. She enjoyed fishing at Lufkin Pond and hunting any animals that she saw out the window – deer, moose, turkey, or coyote.

Sherry is survived by her life partner, Ernie Gould of Phillips; her brothers: Maxelle Smith, Solon Smith and wife Yolanda, all of Phillips; her son, Colin Coffren; her stepsons: Philip Smith, Brian Gould, and Chad Gould; her grandsons: Travis O’Neill and Colton Coffren; her niece, Danielle Smith; her nephew Christopher Smith; her paternal aunts, Marion Smith and Jean Smith Carlow.

She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Marilyn Smith; her husbands, Larry Coffren and Ronald Gordon.

Donations in Sherry’s memory may be made to the Phillips Farmers Market, c/o Donna Chamberlain, 8 Pinkham Hill Rd., Phillips, ME 04966.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring at the Byron Cemetery Annex in Phillips. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 68 Main St., Phillips, ME 04966.

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  1. My condolences to the family Sherry was a well like person her Belated Cousin Bob Mecham thought the world of her they had there moments of arguing neither one was wrong Lol. I will miss her calls to come help her with her computer she would say can't find this or that on it I'd go up and show her how to get it back up on the computer screen again will miss her cooking and recipes if I needed one . May you Rest In Peace cousin Sherry

  2. RIP Sherry

  3. I was sorry to hear of Sherry's passing. She and Larry forever changed my life and gave me hope. I remember working at the house on Main Street, playing Yahtzee and parcheesi, and swigging Pepsi all day. It was Sherry who taught me how to drive (I know. She was a speed demon) and was with me when I got my driver's license. Bray Hill was a big part of her life. She absolutely loved it there. I will never forget those times that Colin and I had to drive the snowsled to the end of the road to catch the school bus. It took days before the road was plowed. Sherry will be forever in my heart. Rest In Peace.

  4. Sherry was a good friend and classmate. Although I didn't see her daily, every time we met there was always a fun and interesting conversation. Sherry was such a hard worker and capable of so many things. Her gardens and jams were picture perfect. I am sure she is up in heaven now, laughing with her family and friends and looking for the perfect garden spot. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family during this sad time.

  5. Yogi and Solon and all families,
    Sorry for your loss. Thinking of each of you.

  6. Sherry was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She will be missed on Bray Hill.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  7. Thoughts and prayers for Sherry's family.
    She will be missed by many.
    RIP Sherry

  8. Prayers to Sherry's family. Always was friendly and interesting to talk with. Will miss seeing her at the Phillips Flower Show. RIP Sherry.

  9. Condolences to the family..knew her a long time ago

  10. My Aunt Glen and Sherry had loads of fun together. I bet they are getting at it now!
    RIP Sherry.
    Bonnie and Eric

  11. Missing Sherry, but I have read that the fruit trees in heaven are a lot better than here and I bet she is enjoying them. We will all miss her enthusiasm and dedication at the Farmers Market, not to mention her fantastic jams and jellies. Sherry earned our respect with her diligence and integrity and won our hearts with her kindness. We are diminished by her loss.


  13. I enjoyed our friendship back in Farmington Shoe days. R.I.P old friend. You will be missed by many,

  14. Thinking of u Colin & family. She was a great lady.