Carlene Gail Lawson Graham


Carlene Gail Lawson Graham, 73, of Ellsworth, passed away on June 11, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, after battling a long illness. She was born on Nov. 16, 1946, at the Ellsworth hospital to Carl (Bud) Lawson Jr. and Gail Libhart.

Carlene grew up in West Tremont and graduated from Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor. She went to work at the University of Maine in Orono, the Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth and MSAD 51 Cumberland School District as a school and accounting secretary from 1984 until she retired in 2016.

Carlene married James Harold Graham Jr. and they had two sons, Jamie and Joel Graham. Residing in the town of Pownal, she loved to spend time getting her hands dirty in her garden, sewing, cooking (especially baking) and spending time with her pets that she adopted over many years. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Past Matron of the Winnegance chapter and officer of Deering chapter in Portland.

Carlene returned to Ellsworth a few years ago and moved into her mom’s home after her passing. She loved being back and spending time with her siblings and their children.

Carlene is survived by her son, Jamie; brother, Thomas Lawson and his wife, Brenda; sister, Candace (Candy) Lawson Herrick; sister, Penelope (Penny) Lawson Hackett and her husband, Joe; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, James Graham; son, Joel; and her parents, Carl Lawson Jr. and Gail Anderson.

A graveside service will be held at Hillrest Cemetery in West Tremont at a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the SPCA of Hancock County online at or mail to 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605.