OBITUARY

Lynn Sleeper Colby

February 22, 1949September 12, 2018
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Lynn Sleeper Colby

DATELINE: Portland

Lynn Sleeper Colby, 69, of Portland, ME, passed away on September 12, 2018 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Lynn was born in Hartford, CT on February 22, 1949 to Alfred and Barbara (Raphael) Sleeper and spent most of her childhood in Framingham, MA. Lynn graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1971 and moved to Portland where she was a devoted elementary school teacher in the Portland Public Schools for 39 years until her retirement in 2010. Lynn spent a majority of her career teaching 3rd and 5th grades at Harrison Lyseth Elementary School and continued teaching as a substitute following her retirement. Over the years, Lynn remained active in her church at St. Ann's Episcopal in Windham. She was also involved for many years with the Jaycees, the Girl Scouts and her local community. She hosted countless Bunco game nights and most recently enjoyed playing Mahjong with her close friends from Lyseth. Lynn never missed the opportunity to watch her grandchildren play sports and always valued time spent with her family.

Lynn leaves behind her husband, William Colby, daughters Amy Chapin and her husband (Philip Beaudoin), Christine and her husband (Jerry) Legere, son, Mark and his wife (Vicki) Colby, and grandchildren, Benjamin, Elaina, and Andrew Legere, Shannon and Shawn Colby, and Matthew Dowdell-Smith. Lynn also leaves her sisters, Debra Olthouse and Jodi Sleeper-Triplett.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 4 to 7 PM at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11 AM at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 40 Windham Center Road, Windham. Interment will be private. Those wishing to send a tribute in Lynn’s memory may do so by visiting www.jonesrichbarnes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Alfred Sleeper, Father
  • Barbara Raphael Sleeper, Mother
  • William Colby, Husband
  • Amy Chapin, Daughter
  • Philip Beaudoin, Son-in-law
  • Christine Legere, Daughter
  • Jerry Legere, Son-in-law
  • Mark Colby, Son
  • Vicki Colby, Daughter-in-law
  • Benjamin Legere, Grandson
  • Elaina Legere, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Legere, Grandson
  • Shannon Colby, Granddaughter
  • Shawn Colby, Grandson
  • Matthew Dowdell-Smith, Grandson
  • Debra Olthouse, Sister
  • Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, Sister

Services

  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 17, 2018
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John Roberts

September 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear that Lynn has lost her battle with cancer. She and Bill are good friends of mine. She was a hard working teacher and did many civic projects in the community. My heart goes out to Bill and his extended family. RIP.

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