Brenda L. Sylvester

OAKLAND – It is with great sadness that the family of Brenda L. Sylvester announce her unexpected passing on May 8, 2022, at the age of 63.

Brenda was born in Waterville on March 20, 1959, the daughter of Leon and Frances (George) Doyon. She graduated from Messalonskee High School in 1977. Brenda went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Financial Services from The University of Maine in Augusta and graduated summa cum laude in 2016.

Brenda made a positive impact on her community; she donated her time as a tutor with Literacy Volunteers and was a Maine Notary Public who officiated a multitude of wedding ceremonies. Brenda was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church in Waterville. She was a hard worker who put in many years at the Cascade Woolen Mill in Oakland, always providing for her family. She was later employed at Maine State Housing then Community Housing of Maine as a Project Development Officer and remained dedicated to the company up until her untimely death.

Brenda’s greatest joy came from her family. She took care of everyone she loved so completely and in ways they didn’t even know they needed. She was so organized, so put together, and so hard working. Everyone who walked into Brenda’s home was welcomed with open arms and taken care of. Her home was a place for family and friends to gather and she made sure it was a place to be enjoyed. She created an atmosphere of love, one that went far beyond her home.

She was superwoman but refused to wear the cape, never wanting credit or to be in the spotlight. She made a positive impact on everyone she met and will be missed by so many

She was predeceased by her father, Leon Doyon; her previous husband, Michael Perry; and her brother Andrew Doyon.

She is survived by her mother, Frances Doyon of Oakland; her loving husband, Bruce Sylvester of Oakland; two sons, Nicholas Perry and wife Jordan of Hartland, and Paul Perry of Oakland; three stepdaughters, Samantha Sylvester, Melissa Sylvester, and Ashley Sylvester of Oakland; a stepdaughter from her first marriage, Kathie Perry of Indianapolis, Ind.; granddaughter Chloe Perry of Hartland; two step-grandchildren, Carter Kennedy and Danica Duplisea of Hartland; six siblings, Cathy Routhier and husband Bill of Fairfield, Darlene Doyon of Oakland, Susan Snow of Fairfield, Peter Doyon and wife Pamela of Sidney, Carol Meader of Raymond, and Sandra Trembly and husband Daniel of Belgrade; her in-laws, Ira and Isabel Sylvester from Melborne, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Shona Cox of Smyrna, Del.; as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank the doctors, specialists, and nurses from the Critical Care Unit at Maine General in Augusta for their efforts and the care she received there.

Visiting hours will be held at Wheeler Funeral Home in Oakland on May 24 from 6-8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 25 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Waterville at 9 a.m. with a graveside service to follow at Lewis Cemetery in Oakland.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church Street in Oakland where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

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