ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – Sally A. Gagnon, 61, passed away Dec. 25, 2006, at her home after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Sally was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Fort Kent, the daughter of Elbridge and Sylvia (Chasse) Gagnon. Sally graduated as valedictorian of her graduating class at Fort Kent Community High School in 1963. She then attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Portland. Upon graduation, Sally was employed at Mercy Hospital, Portland, for five years and became assistant clinical instructor. In 1971, Sally was hired by Medical Center Hospital, Vermont, where she became head nurse manager of the Cardiac Thoracic Unit in 1986. In 2001 she became manager of Nursing Clinical Systems until her retirement in 2004. In 1987 she was awarded a Bachelor’s of Science degree, magna cum laude from St. Michael’s College, Winooski, Vt. Sally is survived by two brothers, Elbridge J. Gagnon of Melbourne Beach, Fla., and Michael P. Gagnon and his wife, Mary, of Fort Kent; eight nephews, Joseph Gagnon of Arlington, Va., John Gagnon of Fort Kent, William J. Picard and his wife, Ann Marie, of Middletown, Ohio, Daniel J. Picard and his wife, Tammy, of Middletown, Ohio, Phillip P. Picard and his wife, Dana, of Middletown, Ohio, Tom Pelletier of Island Falls, John Pelletier and his wife, Martha, of Readfield and Dr. Paul Pelletier and his wife, Esse, of Wallagrass; three nieces, Marie Gagnon and her husband, George Spear, of Otisfield, Jennifer (Gagnon) Desjardins and her husband, Kelby, of Fort Kent and Jessica Gagnon of Fort Kent. Sally is survived by 14 great-nieces and great-nephews and three great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Sally is also survived by her brother-in-law, William R. Picard of Milbridge; and her brother-in-law and special friend, Dr. Elmer Pelletier of Fort Kent. Sally was predeceased by her parents, Elbridge and Sylvia Gagnon; two sisters, Jeannine (Gagnon) Pelletier and Claudette (Gagnon) Picard; one sister-in-law, Claudette (Cyr) Gagnon; and one niece, Kathy Pelletier. Family and friends may visit 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, Fort Kent, until time of service. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.