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Sylvia Wardwell

May 26, 1941 — December 8, 2022

Sylvia A. Wardwell, 81, left this Earth for her eternal home in Heaven on Thursday, December 8, 2022 following a brave battle with cancer. She was born on May 26, 1941 the daughter of Theodore and Mabel (Akerson) Nelson.

Sylvia was educated at Woodland and Caribou schools. She then went on to marry Rodney Wardwell on February 27, 1960. Together they resided in Perham for 59 years. Sylvia was a self-described “domestic engineer.” She did what she loved, which was caring for her family and others around her. Sylvia was employed at French’s, Penobscot, McCain Foods, and Campbell Soup Seed Farm. She also worked at Alpha One as a health assistant, housekeeping at Cary Medical Center, and had several housekeeping clients who were very dear to her.

She was a member of the Caribou Assembly of God, where her passion was youth ministries and vacation bible school with “Elmer”. She had fond memories of the family farm where there was always livestock and family members visiting from away. Sylvia enjoyed spending time outdoors especially camping trips throughout Maine and New Brunswick, ATV rides, and meals with Rodney and family at their backyard camp. Sylvia truly was an angel on Earth. She will be remembered by all that met her by the way she selflessly touched their lives.

Sylvia leaves behind by her two sons, Rodney Wardwell, Jr., and wife Kim, and Joel Wardwell and wife Kelly, all of Woodland, seven grandchildren, Jessie, Jessica, Jimmy, Sarah, Danielle, Kristen, and Erin, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and by a special “sister friend” of over 75 years Lula Johnston.  Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Rodney Kent Wardwell in 2019, by her siblings, Phyllis, Audrey, Shirley, Lorraine, Kenneth, Richard, and Wesley, and by a special cousin Norma Lagasse.

Friends may visit with the family at the Mockler Funeral Home 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou, on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 6PM to 8PM. Friends may also visit with the family on Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 12PM until time of services which will be held at 1PM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Michael Hood officiating.

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