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Joyce L. Gile, Gladys L. Barraclough

Joyce L. Gile, Gladys L. Barraclough

By Rev. Sue Murphy

Joyce L. Gile, 96, passed away peacefully at The Lodges in Springvale with family by her side on Dec. 20, 2023. Joyce was born on Sept. 23, 1927, to Philip and Alice Watson in Sanford and was the third of nine children. Joyce and Wayne Gile were married in 1962 and built their family home the following year in Alfred, Maine. Joyce was an avid painter, traveler, card player, and homemaker. She was the matriarch to her family and loved by all. Her life was filled with cooking, caring for her children, working, and church. She worked in the family business, Gile Orchards. Joyce and Wayne loved to travel across the United States and to many other countries. She enjoyed nothing more than to spend time with her three daughters, 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne and son Thomas. A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.  Read her full obituary at

Gladys L. Barraclough, 92, a beloved and lifelong resident of Springvale, passed away peacefully in Portland on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023. Gladys was born, the oldest of eight children, in Sanford, on May 1, 1931, to Alfred Binette, Sr. and Alice (Burbank) Binette. She grew up in Sanford attending local schools and dedicated her life to hard work and family. She worked in several area businesses including Universal Shoe until it closed and then for 10 more years at Tennford Weaving until her retirement. Gladys was a woman of unwavering faith, a devout Catholic, and a lifelong communicant of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church. Her commitment to her spiritual life was a source of strength and inspiration to those around her. Gladys was married to Wallace Barraclough, and together they had four children and shared 44 years of marriage until his passing in 1999. She was also predeceased by her infant daughter, Julie, and son, Scott. Gladys is survived by two daughters, Donna Klinedinst and her husband Philip, and June Potere and her husband Christopher. Her legacy extends to five cherished grandchildren and one adored great-grandchild. A graveside service to celebrate Gladys’s life will be held in the spring at Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale. Read her full obituary at

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