Cheryl Webber Gemborys, 63, of Southport, died Nov. 10, 2012, of Myocardial infraction She was the daughter of Bradbury and Edith Webber of Pequot Road in Wayland, MA. She was born in Greenville, S.C, in 1949 and brought to her grandparents Cliff Estates house in Wellesley, MA and then put aboard her grandparents yacht at their Juniper Point house in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Thus a lifelong love affair with the region had begun. At her graduation from Mt. Wachusett Comm. College in Gardner, MA in 1983 she was the recipient of the Dean's Key. In 1986 she graduated from Smith as an Ada Comstock Scholar. Next came a Masters in Education Program at the UMass Amherst Campus. She then became a Chapter 1 teacher in Deerfield and Colrain, MA. Cheryl was also in supervisory positions for the World Community Forum and Active Worlds. Upon her grandparents passing she was drawn into the philanthropy efforts of her grandparents, F. Roscoe and Vila Webber Charitable Trust, first as a consultant and then as trustee for both Hale and Dorr and Silver Bridge Investment Advisors in Boston, MA. Cheryl sought out and wrote grants for non-profits in Maine to remain open and be able to continue providing their services. She was a ME. notary, Board Member of the Friends of the Southport, ME Library, a Marine Animal Condition Field Supervisor for Marine Animal Lifeline and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25 Station Boothbay Harbor, ME. She supported laws that empowered women to stand on their own. She counseled and helped many women leave abusive relationships and return to educational goals they had put aside and to gain back their independence with a career choice of their own in her dual roles as both Christian Reverend and Wiccan High Priestess. Living at the house her grandparents built on Southport Island, she made her home a Cocker Spaniel Rescue Site. He beloved Buff Cocker Spaniel Becket was her companion for 15 years. She made the cove next to her island home a protected Waterfowl and Animal Habitat. Cheryl also took in parrots from animal shelters and from individuals to care for. She was a patron/supporter of many animal rights and environmental groups. Cheryl loved music and played piano and guitar. She also loved being on the water. One of her most favorite pastimes was giving narrated tours of the Boothbay region to friends and family from her 26 ft. Bayliner. Cheryl was an expert navigator, having taken courses at the Maine Maritime Museum and was one of the very few Lady boat captains in the mid-coast region of Maine. She also enjoyed knitting, interacting with her parrots and reading The Wall Street Journals Top 10 List of best sellers. Cheryl was also a gourmet cook and accomplished baker with published recipes. What she loved most, however. was being invited into her busy childrens New England homes to celebrate special occasions and holidays, get caught up on everyones latest news and to share a meal together. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Paul, a retired teacher; one daughter, Katheryne S.C. Lane of E. Lebanon, ME, head of Adult Integrated Medicine at York Hospital in York, ME.; two sons, Eric A. Gemborys of Barre, MA. Senior Forestry Supervisor for National Grid (Central MA Region) and U.S.C.G. (CW02) Matthew B. Gemborys, currently stationed in MS, who is Test Coordinator for the New Coast Guard National Security Cutters; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grand kids.
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Published in The Wayland Town Crier from June 12 to June 19, 2013