ROCKLAND – Gail Rowling Flaherty, 75, died peacefully in her sleep at Penobscot Bay Medical Center early Saturday morning, September 7, 2019, with her daughter Lisa by her side.
Bornn February 16, 1944 at the former maternity home on Orange Street in Rockland, she was the youngest of four children of Philip G. P. and Leslie (Long) Rowling. She grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in 1962, and from the Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in 1965.
Shortly after graduating from Nursing School, she married Glenn Berry of Hope. Together they had two children, Lisa and Scott. In 1974 she married Michael Flaherty and together they had one son, Michael Douglas, known as “Doug”.
Gail worked at Knox County General Hospital, then continued working at the same location after it became the Knox Center for Long Time Care. She retired in November of 2014 after working there for 37 years.
Gail was a loving, caring, generous person who quietly helped many people “behind the scenes”. She volunteered for hospice for many years, was an avid reader, enjoyed playing scrabble, cribbage, and other card games with family and friends. Gail also loved to sew and made beautiful doll clothes.
Predeceased by her parents, her brother Philip Rowling, sister Cora Fowles and Cora’s husband Donald, and her cousin-like-a-sister, Ruthie Maxfield; Gail is survived by her beloved sister/friend, Mary Jean Rowling Monroe (known as Jean by friends and Jeanie by family) and Jean’s husband Fred both of Hope; her daughter Lisa Jones and her husband Eric of Hope; two sons, Scott Berry and his wife Kathy of Shrewsbury MA, Doug Flaherty and his Fiancée, Amoreena Nottleman of Hope; 8 grandchildren, Alex Jones and his wife Kaitlyn of Provo UT, Mariah Jones of Rockland, Laura Leifi and her husband Brian of American Fork UT, Brian Jones, Stephen Jones, Aaron Jones both of Hope, and Simon and Jack Berry of Shrewsbury MA.
An informal “celebration of life” gathering will be held at 104 Limerock, the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility on Saturday, September 14th where family and friends can drop in anytime between 3 and 5 pm. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or go out and help someone today. Gail would have liked that.
To share a memory or condolence with Gail’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.
Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.