Caryl Widdowson

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Caryl Widdowson, 71
GRAY - Caryl Widdowson,71, passed away at her home in Gray on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Caryl grew up in Hamilton, Mass., the daughter of Eileen and Robert Widdowson. She attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and graduated from Sienna Heights University of Adrien Michigan in 1969. She is survived by a sister Janet and brother Robert.
Caryl was well known in Southern Maine as an animal "rehabber" who ran the animal rehabilitation center, Safe and Sound, from her home on Whitney Road in Gray. She was aided by her close friend and fellow "rehabber", Jessica Jackson. Caryl saved all sorts of baby animals which she nursed to health and released back into the wild.
Caryl was an avid naturalist who knew the common and scientific names of nearly every mushroom in the Northeast. She spent many happy hours with noted mycologist Samuel Ristich. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed the company of other quilters who met on a regular basis in Gray. In the summers she attended music festivals and concerts around Maine with her dear friend Dominic Schioppo. She enjoyed gardening and farming with longtime friend Michael Andrew at his farm in Gorham.
Caryl was an unfailingly kind, honest and caring human being who lived a simple life of giving to others. She cared for people's animals when they were away, she helped at local food pantries and taught and entertained children at church and in local schools. She had a repertoire of engaging science activities for children and had a gentle way which charmed children and animals alike.
Living, herself, with the barest necessities, she was ever generous, giving everything she had to others.
She would always thank others for letting her care for their animals or do their chores. People often responded in kind, by fixing her car, her house or providing a few necessities.
Caryl never complained. She was never judgmental of critical. She saw the good in everyone and the beauty in the world. Her life was dedicated to saving nature and serving others.

Donations can be made to
the Non-profit
Safe and Sound
Wildlife Rehabilitation
c/o Jessica Jackson
47 Meadow Rd.
Casco, ME 04015

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 4, 2017