March 12, 1944 - December 13, 2010

Orland, Maine

Sally Paffendorf Lyman left this world Dec. 13, 2010, for a better place, after a long battle with diabetes, renal failure, heart failure and oh, heck you name it. Because of the excellent care she received throughout the years from Dana Green of St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine and from the wonderful staff at Boyd Dialysis Center, also in Bangor, Maine, she was able to live longer and was able to enjoy her grandchildren for many extra years.

Sally was born March 12, 1944, in Cornwall, NY, to Weyant Edward and Jean Doris (Pallozzo) Paffendorf. She graduated Newburgh Free Academy in 1962 and went to work at the Army Athletic Association, then the data processing unit as a GS4 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point processing cadet grades until 1965. She married James F. Lyman of Livermore Falls, Maine in December 1964, and moved to Stricklands, Maine in 1965 when Jim was transferred to Vietnam; she lived with her excellent in-laws. In 1967 she moved to Fayette, Maine, where Sally and Jim renovated an old farmhouse and had two children, Barbara, in June 1968, and James "Jamie," in May 1975. In 1990 they moved to Orland, Maine. For a time Sally dabbled in journalism. Her articles were printed in the local newspaper about Jamie and our troops in Bosnia and her oped piece about the problems of getting around Bangor's stores if you are handicapped was in the Bangor Daily News.

She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, James F. Lyman; daughter, Barbara Lyman Kirby and husband, Matthew, of North Waterboro, Maine; her son, James Thomas Edward Lyman and wife, Samantha, of Corinth, Maine; her Mother, Jean Paffendorf of Newburgh, NY; five grandchildren: Cameron M. Kirby, Evan R. Kirby, James J. Lyman, Andrew R. Lyman and Victoria L. Lyman; and two cousins, Lester Brush and wife, of Newburgh, NY, and Edward J. Paffendorf III and wife, of Rochester, NY.

Sally always hated dreary funerals, so there will be a graveside service that will be held in the spring for family and friends, where everyone will be encouraged to say nice or naughty things, and a party after to give Sally a rousing send off. No grieving please. God will provide all she wants. Instead, please donate what you would have spent on flowers to Humane Society of the U.S., P.O. Box 53137, Phoenix, AZ 95072, Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, her favorite: Chesapeake Safe Harbor, 113 Waldoboro Road, Bremen, ME 04551 or any spay/ neuter program or local shelter. Sally was an animal lover, and often rescuer, all her life. She will have many friends waiting for her at Rainbow Bridge and they will spend eternity playing in the summer sun.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.