Sandra Jane Rouse

September 26, 1938August 1, 2018
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Sandra J. Rouse 1938 - 2018

SCARBOROUGH - Sandra Jane Rouse died peacefully surrounded by her family at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, Maine on August 1, 2018 at the age of 79.

Sandra is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Reginald Rouse Jr. of Scarborough, brother George Smith Jr. and his wife Valerie of South Portland; son Brett Stewart and his fiancee Sandra Divel of Lyman; son Scott Stewart Sr. and wife Vera of Leesburg, Virginia; son Todd Stewart and wife Bonnie of Portland; and daughter Tracey Deniso of Scarborough. Grandchildren Macie, Molly and Scott Stewart Jr. of Leesburg, Virginia; Nicholas Stewart of Biddeford; Evan, Alex, and Samantha Stewart of Portland; and Cameron and Reid Deniso of Scarborough. Great grandchild Mykah Deckman of Leesburg, Virginia. Cousins Scott and Steven Foster and their families. Nieces Kim and Allison Smith and their families. She was predeceased by her parents George and Edna Smith, father and mother in-law Reginald Rouse Sr. and wife Dorothy; Aunts’ Rhoda Foster and Phyllis Verbillo, sister in-law Leola Gay Rouse and nephew Robert “Bub” Allan Smith.

Sandra was born on September 26th, 1938 in Portland, Maine. She attended Portland Schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1956. She took secretarial courses after graduation and could type 70 plus words per minute. She worked for Ametek, the Portland Press Herald, and ran the show at AB Apartments, a family business, for 40 plus years. She lived in the Portland area her whole life. For the past 30 years or so, Sandra and Reggie wintered in Pompano Beach, Florida, establishing many treasured friendships there.

Sandra grew up in a family with a strong work ethic and core values and, in turn, was a loving, caring, and generous mom to four extremely fortunate children. She was an accomplished bowler, enjoying her Candlepin league for many years while her back allowed. She was a voracious reader, and we all remember her bringing grocery bags full of books that she had read back to Annie’s Book Stop or Goodwill and quickly filling up another bag with “new” used books to read. She loved to do crossword puzzles and play Canasta, Yahtzee, and Chromino with her mom, aunts, children and grandchildren. For many years she played in a weekly Bunko game with a large group of friends. As her family grew, she loved to host Christmas Eve and Christmas day festivities. She was a dedicated and caring wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. She was a great mom who put family first and was passionate about seeing her children and grandchildren be caring and happy people. In her later years, she especially enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s games and school events. She also really enjoyed playing Words with Friends on her Kindle with her Florida friends. She was a believer in God who often volunteered at the Preble Street Resource Center.

Our family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at the Maine Medical Center CCU and all the staff and volunteers at Gosnell Memorial Hospice for the respectful, thoughtful care they provide. A special thanks to Jamal RN at Gosnell for the loving care he provides and humanity he displays to all who he encounters.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Sandra’s online guestbook at

Visiting hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday August 10, 2018 at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland, Maine. There will also be a graveside service on Saturday August 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 881 Highland Avenue, South Portland, Maine. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sandra’s life. Flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers, for those who are so inclined, please consider a donation to Gosnell Memorial Hospice, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, Maine 04074. A service of Jones Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine 04103. 775-3763.


  • Reginald Rouse Jr, Husband
  • George Smith Jr, Brother
  • Valerie Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Brett Stewart, Son
  • Sandra Divel, Fiance'
  • Scott Stewart Sr., Son
  • Vera Stewart, Daughter-in-law
  • Todd Stewart, Son
  • Bonnie Stewart, Daughter-in-law
  • Tracey Deniso, Daughter
  • Maci Stewart, Granddaughter
  • Molly Stewart, Granddaughter
  • Scott Stewart Jr, Grandson
  • Nicholas Stewart, Grandson
  • Evan Stewart, Grandson
  • Alex Stewart, Grandson
  • Samantha Stewart, Granddaughter
  • Cameron Deniso, Grandson
  • Reid Deniso, Grandson
  • Mykah Deckman, Great Grandchild
  • Scott Foster, Cousin
  • Steven Foster, Cousin
  • Kim Smith, Niece
  • Allison Smith, Niece
  • George Smith, Father
  • Edna Smith, Mother
  • Reginal Rouse Sr, Father-in-law
  • Dorothy Rouse, Mother-in-law
  • Rhoda Foster, Aunt
  • Phyllis Verbillo, Aunt
  • Leola Gay Rouse, Sister-in-law
  • Robert "Bud" Allan Smith, Nephew

  • Gosnell Memorial House


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Sandra Jane Rouse

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William and Susan Doughty

August 10, 2018

Hi Reggie,

We are saddened to hear that you have lost Sandra. Chapter 400 of your life begins right now and she will still be in your decision-making process and life choices.
We only met Sandy at the HS reunions and enjoyed her spirit.
With deepest sympathy,
Bill and Sue Doughty

Sandra & John Doherty

August 9, 2018

A Message for Sandra Jane Rouse

Things that I will miss; The two Sandra's as we were called.
Concerts and ice creams; Meatloaf at your place, Yard sale surfing.
Things I will remember: Coffeecake on my door, Chats on the patio. Playing Tiles,
Things that I will cherish: Your vibrant laugh. Your enduring friendship.

With love your friends - Sandra Jean & John Doherty

Lisa (Hilton) Pandolfini

August 7, 2018

Dear Tracey and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a special lady. I have so many wonderful memories especially from our softball days. Thinking of you, your dad and brothers at this difficult time.

Sandra Divel

August 7, 2018

Mom I have so many great memories of you that it would be hard to put them all on here. Even from that very first meeting I felt like I knew you, and felt an instant connection. You welcomed me into your loving family with open arms. I love the bond that we created and the times that we spent going to our yearly Craft fair and our lunch dates. You treated me like a daughter even before your son proposed. I will always cherish our special times, more than I ever told you while you were here....when I'm sad, as I am sure to be, I will look back over all the memories and laughter that we shared. Love you More.

Kathy & Erik Wiklund

August 7, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. You and Sandra were the best neighbors ever!! Reggie, I won’t be able to make the service but Erik will be there. I send lots of love and hugs, Kathy and Erik Wiklund

Howard and Jayne Just

August 6, 2018

Dear Reggie,
We were so shocked and sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely wife. She will be greatly missed at GAV. I enjoyed working with her on the Social Committee and it was so nice that you both met my Maine cousins at mom’s service.

We send you much love and sympathy for your tremendous loss. All your friends at GAV look forward to your return to Florida and we will all offer our support. Jayne & Howard

Rhonda Moses

August 2, 2018

I'm sad to hear of Sandra's passing. My thoughts are with my brother in law Scott, my sister and their kids for their loss. I want to share my condolences with the rest of Sandra's loved ones and will keep all in my prayers. Rest in peace Ms Rouse.