OBITUARY

Jo-Ann Sally Hadley

January 15, 1935May 9, 2019
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Jo-Ann Sally Hadley, Portland, ME 84, passed peacefully at the home of her daughter surrounded by family after a progressive heart and breathing condition. She was born in Skowhegan, ME on January 15, 1935. She was a shining star, cheerleader and Snowball Queen with an amazing singing voice. Her first solo was at age 10 at the local Opera House. She was a celebrity according to her children and their friends who used to watch her in awe on local stages.

Between the years 1967 and 2000 her many accomplishments included supporting roles in Pippin, Chicago (in which she won best supporting actress for her portrayal of Mama Morton), Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gypsy, Follies, High Button Shoes, Jersey Girls and Can Can to name a few. She played the lead in Out of this World, 10 Nights in Barroom, Unsinkable Molly Brown and her crowning glory, Mame. Sally was a friend to everyone in need and everyone needs a friend like her. When something great happened in your life, you called Sally. When something terrible happened…call Sally. In 30 minutes, your tank was full, spirits were lifted and you had a plan of how to get through the rough day. She would repeat this day after day until you were strong and confident. The hardships that she endured in her own life and her ability to carry on gave her advice meaning and credibility. Her “I did I, You can do it” attitude was a great source of comfort for friends and family.

She loved her friends and enjoyed the numerous parties where she was known to belt out a great rendition of “Bill Bailey.” She maintained life-long friendships with her high school buddies and did pajama parties with them well into her 60’s. Right up to the final days of her life, there was a steady flow of cards, calls and visitors. Thank you for having her in your hearts.

She is survived by daughter Melodie Brown and husband Bruce of Portland, son Mark Poirier and wife Noel of Portland, son John Michael Poirier and wife Veronica of Monmouth, daughter Erika King and husband Alan of Topsham, daughter Deborah Baron and husband Ernie of Pittston. She leaves many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her two husbands and loves of her life, John Poirier and Charles Hadley. The family would like to extend a sincere than you to Dina and Beth of Beacon Hospice as well as her cousin June Swan and dear friend Kath Routh for the love and care that they extended to Sally during her final weeks.

The family would like all to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Friday May 17th starting at 11:00am at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford ST, Portland. Committal services will be at a later date in Skowhegan.

  • FAMILY

  • Clifford Gilbair, Father
  • Thelma Groder, Mother
  • Melodie Brown, Daughter
  • Bruce Brown, Son-in-law
  • Mark Poirier, Son
  • Noel Poirier, Daughter-in-law
  • John Michael Poirier, Son
  • Veronica Poirier, Daughter-in-law
  • Erika King, Daughter
  • Alan King, Son-in-law
  • Deborah Baron, Daughter
  • Ernie Baron, Son-in-law

Services

  • Celebration of Life Ceremony Friday, May 17, 2019

Memories

Jo-Ann Sally Hadley

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Amy Courville

May 15, 2019

So many memories! One of a kind Sally! I hope you are with Charlie now! Love you.

Amy Courville

May 15, 2019

Party at Betty's

Amy Courville

May 15, 2019

More Hawaii fun

Amy Courville

May 15, 2019

Betty and Sally in Hawaii

Ed Candelmo

May 14, 2019

Sally I will miss you so much. Your loving and caring words will always mean so much to me. You are truly one of the kindest and dearest people I have ever known. Heaven now has 3 Mame’s with my mom and Ellen. My thoughts and prayers with the family.

Kelly Lamont

May 13, 2019

My heartfelt condolences go out to Melody, Mark and Michael. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sally’s family as well.
It’s hard to list all the things she has done for my family, and for me personally. I have fond memories as a young kid of being at their house Belmont Street, playing basketball in the driveway while Sally cooked inside. I’ll never forget Sally and Charley taking me to Old Orchard Beach when I was about 14 walking around, just the three of us and then buying me my first tube Sox with orange stripes (funny I know but a big deal in 1977). I remember how much fun we all had every summer up in East Madison when the “girls” got together. The girls Sally, Connie and Judy who have been friends since the 3rd grade seemed to regress to their younger years and became the life of the party. They never stopped laughing and having the time of their lives. Sally was always there to tell a ghost story to the kids and scare the hell out of us.
Years later Charlie and Sally offered to take pictures at my wedding which was a great help to us. Of course Sally had the whole wedding party in order, no BS orderly and perfect was that day.....and yes at the reception she and Richard Terrance did a duet, not sure who had control of the mike that day, but I’d vote for Sally. Or the homemade blanket she made for me when my oldest son Jack was born.
She was there when my brother was so sick and eventually passed away offering to take me mother to see him or to do anything she could. My mother and I will never forget her generosity and friendship. Sally was family she was like a mom to me. I miss her not being here and it’s hard to believe she gone, but what an impact she made in my life and everyone else's she touched. I hope she feels great, and she and Charley are cruising around in that convertible Saab she loved. I love you Sally and will miss you so much.

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