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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541
Fax: 207-832-6346
Sydney Wiley

Sydney A Wiley

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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Sydney Ann Wiley, 77, passed away on Saturday November 2, 2019 with her sons by her side. Sydney was born on March 23, 1942 in West Hartford, CT the daughter of the late Lewis and Kay Raney Giffin. She was raised in West Hartford, and went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While attending college she met her future husband. Jay was a student at Brown University.

She married Jay Wiley of Longmeadow, MA in 1960. Syd, Jay and their boys followed Jay’s career with Mobil Chemical living in several states as far west as Oklahoma, before retiring to Maine in 1999. They became members of the Down East Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing their 42 ft sailboat (FirstLight) until Jay’s death in 2007. Syd is survived by her sons James Wiley, and his wife Brenda (Sandburg) of Colorado Springs, CO, and their daughters Julia and Grace; and Benjamin Wiley, and his wife Brett (Hugel) of Broomfield, CO, and their children Emma and Cole; four sister-in-laws Majorie McClellan of Tellico Plains, TN, and Dorothy Wiley of Pullman, WA, Faryl Wiley of Brunswick, ME and Diane Giffin of LaPorte, CO, and nieces and nephews of Littleton, MA, Orca Island, WA, and Red Dear, Alberta. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, James Giffin.

Sydney pursued her passion for art throughout her life. She specialized in watercolor and batik, but quickly mastered any medium she put her creative mind to. She was a true artist and loved to immerse herself in her work and to express herself through the pieces she created. Her works graced many festivals, galleries, and shows throughout the East coast.

Later in life, she was lovingly nicknamed the “Button Queen of the East.” She enjoyed collecting antique buttons, which she arranged into custom-themed artistic lots, then sold online to people around the world. Sydney loved spending time with her family the most. Whether it was her family’s trips to visit her in Maine a few times a year, or her annual Mother’s Day pilgrimage to Las Vegas with her two sons, her time spent with family was something she cherished.

She was educated, witty, kind and generous. Sydney was also stoic and worried about others before herself and was quick to put their problems before her own. She was a constant light in her family’s lives and she will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Hall Funeral Home and Tribute Center, 975 Wiscasset Rd. Boothbay, ME
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    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Hall's of Boothbay
    975 Wiscasset Road
    BOOTHBAY, ME 04537
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Love, Diane, Jamie, Jean, Pete, Katie, Kate, John and The Antonsens sent flowers to the family of Sydney A Wiley.
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Sharon Machon

Posted at 07:02pm
To the family of Syd, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderful, kind, amazing woman. I worked at the Post Office in East Boothbay and enjoyed her daily visits. She amazed me with her ability to run her button business and ship out all those packages. I left the Post Office over a year ago and was thrilled this past summer when I stopped in to mail something and she was there picking up her mail. Syd was such an inspiration, I will always cherish my memories of her. Fondly - Sharon Machon-Ames

Kate Watson

Posted at 10:17am
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember Aunt Syd. Those days from Springfield, Missouri, when the I knew the Wiley family was coming to visit would turn out to the best summer days as we spent them playing Yahtzee, playing with the collie, Jessica, chasing butterflies and hearing Aunt Syd laugh along with the rest of the family. I send all of our best wishes the Wiley Family and hope you find comfort in knowing her life was well lived.

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Jamie Giffin

Posted at 09:25am
Syd was a wonderful aunt and a loving spirit. She brought kindness, humor, creativity, and resiliency to our entire family and the people around her. We are all enriched for knowing her. She will be sorely missed and dearly remembered.

Jamie Giffin

Love, Diane, Jamie, Jean, Pete, Katie, Kate, John

Posted at 07:49am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We wish you peace in the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Ginny & Jim Farrin

Posted at 04:29pm
Syd was a beautiful person. She was genuine, creative, interesting, fun to talk with, thoughtful, kind, and very, very brave. She is missed.

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