OAKLAND, ME--Sharon Lee Allen, 74, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 14, 2015, at her home in Oakland, Maine. Her unwavering faith in God as well as the prayers of family and friends carried her through her battle with cancer as she reached out to doctors, nurses, and other patients by sharing the hope that can be found only through the gospel of Jesus Christ.\r\n\r\nSharon was born on March 14, 1941, in Fresno, California to Roy and Katherine Garrison. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor. Her joy, laughter, and sense of humor will not be forgotten.\r\n\r\nWhile living in Avenal, CA, she grew up a block and a half from her future husband, Donald B. Allen, and attended the same schools with him. The couple was married on September 1, 1962, at the First Presbyterian Church in Avenal, California. Sharon graduated from Fresno State College in 1963, with a degree in Elementary Education. In 1967, the couple moved to Maine where they lived life together through 53 years of marriage. Sharon and Don shared their lives with their five children in Oakland, Maine. \r\n\r\nSharon was an elementary school teacher for four years in Illinois before the couple moved to Maine. She spent 19 years teaching 3rd and 4th grade in Oakland, Maine at Atwood Elementary and Tapley Schools. She brought a high level of creativity and critical thinking to her classrooms. Her favorite creative projects to teach her students included dissecting, making puppets and writing plays, devising engineering projects to save eggs from heights and exposing her students to the coast of Maine.\r\n\r\nFor many of years, Sharon taught the Good News Bible Club weekly, sharing the Bible stories with many children. Each year that she taught elementary school, Sharon invited her students and their families to her home for a “Birthday Party for Jesus” where she shared the Christmas story and the hope of the Savior Jesus. She hosted the Colby College Intervarsity Christian Fellowship small group meetings in her home. Sharon mentored and taught many young people to understand how their faith intersected with daily life. In the past few years she led a Bible Study for ladies at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Home. Sharon was a woman of strong faith, believing in the love and power of Jesus Christ and the peace that would await her after her passing.\r\n\r\nHer children and grandchildren remember her for many creative efforts. She would often create a project and spend hours customizing the projects to the personality of each of her grandchildren, sharing the details of the projects with her children as she worked through each idea. \r\n\r\nSharon is survived by her husband, Don; and her children, son Todd and his wife, Megan with their three children in Lynchburg, VA; and four daughters, Kelly and her husband, Andrew with their three children in Eldersburg, MD, Jody and her husband, Todd with their two children in Belgrade, ME, Corrie and her husband, Chandler who live with their three children in Stuarts Draft, VA, and Kathryn who lives in Oakland, Maine.\r\n\r\nA private service for the family will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015. A memorial service for family and friends will be set for a future date.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, please donate to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine, 431 Campground Road, Livermore Falls, ME 04254 or online at: https://secure.etransfer.com/EFT/Donation480/donation1.cfm?d2org=CEFofMaine&d2tool=donate.