PORTLAND – Georgia Lucille Wark, 61, of Portland, died peacefully on April 30, 2021 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Georgia was born in Caribou to George and Lucille Wark and grew up in Woodland. An early photo of her bears the inscription “Georgia, quite the family doll!” She held that title for the next six decades.
Georgia is survived by her mother; and eight of her siblings and closest friends, Gordon (Susan), Gale Stewart (Dave), Gene, Gary, Gretta, Gerard (Susie), Graham (Katrina) and Jim (Christina). She is also survived by her sister-in-law Derna.
She died from her father; Brother Greg, sister-in-law Beth; and numerous other loving family members and friends. If there’s a back yard in the afterlife, Georgia will entertain them from her place in front of the grill.
The archetypal “funny aunt” leaves many good memories for her nieces and nephews and their children. She is very much missed.
Georgia graduated from Caribou High School and the University of Southern Maine (USM).
Georgia was fun, smart, and loyal. She was particularly close to the friends she had made during her first week at USM: Sue Rollins Dalrymple, Patti Delois, Bill Lamont, and Lawrence Schweber. For the past 40+ years, they’ve spent endless hours together, whether in the backyard or in some of their favorite state parks. She often joked, “What if I had the flu this week? I wouldn’t know anyone! ”
In reality, Georgia knew a lot of people. She spent many years in the Maine Medical Center and USM libraries helping doctors, nurses, academics, students, and support staff find the information, resources, and services they needed. Libraries were the perfect place for her because she was naturally curious and called herself Curious Georgia. But most of the time she was happy to help people, many of whom were busy or under great stress. Getting her to open up or laugh was her superpower.
The family are grateful to their friend Sue for looking after Georgia these past few days, and Dr. Patricia Phillips, Dr. Chiara Battelli and the team at New England Cancer Specialists and the Hospice of Southern Maine.
The family will have a festival of life for Georgia this summer.
Friends who wish to give her a gift are encouraged to support her
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital,
22 Bramhall St.,
Portland, ME 04102
or the children’s program of your choice.