Sharon Ann Dunlap, 70, of New Gloucester, Maine passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 5, 1943 in Lewiston, Maine, she was the daughter of Harold Mayberry and Lucille Whiting, both of Auburn, Maine. Sharon was the devoted wife of Stephen F. Dunlap, a prominent businessman and owner of The Dunlap Corporation headquartered in Auburn, Maine, who predeceased her in October 2010.
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Sharon graduated from Edward Little High School in 1961 and was active in the Women's Hospital Association at CMMC and the Women's Exchange Club of Auburn. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Sharon cherished her family and excelled at creating special memories by hosting festive holiday gatherings for her family and friends as well as business events for her husband. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and close friends, gardening, needle point and was a concert pianist in her younger years.
She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Dunlap Avasthi and husband Varun Avasthi of Durham, Maine and Jennifer Dunlap Markson of Hopkinton, Mass., four grandchildren including Evan and Elizabeth Avasthi of Durham, Maine, Douglas Markson of Washington, D.C., Ashley Markson of Hopkinton, Mass., brother Stephen Mayberry of Oakland, Maine and her nieces Brianne Lawry, and Lynn and Sarah Mayberry. She also leaves a sister-in-law Catherine Thorpe and husband Robert of Auburn, Maine, a niece Terrilyn DeCoster and grand-nieces Sabina and Isabella of New Gloucester, Maine and a nephew Lane DeCoster and his wife Janis of Cheshire, Conn.
Visitation: Fortin Auburn, Friday Aug. 15, from 4-7 PM. Funeral will be celebrated on Saturday Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., at United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave., Auburn, ME. Committal will be private.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing 29 Lowell St. Lewiston, Maine 04240 or Central Maine Medical Center 300 Main St. Lewiston, Maine 04240.
Arrangements entrusted to the Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 207-783-8545.
Those wishing to share a memory or an online condolence, may visit www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Published in MetroWest Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014