Caption: L to R: Isis Gray, Judith Ridley
Compiled by Rev. Susan Murphy and Zendelle Bouchard
Isis Leana Gray, 33, of Otisfield, formerly of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Auburn. Isis was born on Sept. 26, 1990, in Portland, to Robert L. Gray and Diana Bean. She spent her childhood in Sanford, attending local schools and graduating from Sanford High School in 2010. Her favorite pastime was using her computer, providing her access to the outside world and experiences she wouldn’t have otherwise. She delighted in playing role-playing games and building connections with numerous friends she made online. Despite facing challenges, Isis maintained an unwaveringly positive and independent mindset throughout her life. Never one to complain, Isis approached life with a kind and loving disposition, always focusing on the bright side. She cherished time spent with loved ones, and her positive and cheerful attitude will be a lasting memory for family and friends. Her father, Robert Gray, of Limington; mother, Diane Bishop of Sanford; grandfather, Richard J. Leriche of Sanford; and her boyfriend and caregiver, Robert Garbarino of Otisfield survive her. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 pm at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale. A graveside service will take place in the spring at Pinegrove South Cemetery in South Waterboro.
Judith Ann Ridley, 91, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2024 at Avita of Wells. The daughter of William H. Velandry, Jr., and Florence Pinette, she was born in Biddeford. She graduated from Sanford High School after her family moved there when she was a teenager. A people person with a great head for figures, Judy was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Ronel J. Dubois Insurance Agency in Sanford for 30 years. While working full-time, Judy also was a wonderful mother, cook, and homemaker who saved and budgeted so the family could enjoy vacations at the beach or lake and other treats. Judy relished her retirement years, traveling on bus tours with her husband Russell and doing aqua aerobics with her “pool pals” at the Sanford YMCA. Judy was always ready with a joke and a hug for everyone she met on her daily rounds in Sanford, from the cashiers at Hannaford’s to her fellow patrons at Dunkin’ Donuts. Judy is predeceased by her husband Russell and son Kenneth. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Ridley and husband Thomas Curry, sister Eleanor Desrochers and her husband Robert, brother William H. Velandry III and his wife Priscilla, beloved sister-in-law Peggy (Ridley) Driscoll, and nine nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held in May 2024. Read her full obituary Here.