BANGOR - Marion A. Walsh, 88, wife of the late Patrick M. Walsh, died peacefully at her home with family at her side on August 30, 2014 after a long illness. She was born Feb. 20, 1926 in Skowhegan, the daughter of Augustus M. and Velma B. (Russell) Burton. Later in life, Edward C. Russell became a much loved father and grandfather to all of her children.
Marion grew up in Bangor and was a graduate of John Bapst High School and Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse.
Marion was an active member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Brewer and later St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor. A woman of unwavering faith, Marion shaped the spirituality of her family by her tireless Christian example and also through her many prayer groups. Throughout her life, Marion maintained a gentle and peaceful demeanor that impacted the lives of those around her. She was a devoted wife, mother of nine, grandmother of thirteen, and great-grandmother of six.
Marion loved the sea. Her summers at Wells Beach with her husband and family and picnics at the coast were among her most treasured memories. She enjoyed quilting, making quilts for all of her children and grandchildren until the loss of her sight made sewing no longer possible. Marion had a lifelong love of books and literature. Her passion for reading was instilled in all of her children and later in her grandchildren. A cup of coffee, a good book, and a free afternoon were one of her greatest pleasures. Later, when Marion had lost her sight, books-on-tape became as she would often say, "her sanity." Marion was a passionate bridge player; although, her family often suspected that the real joy was in the comraderie of her bridge groups, not in the game!
Marion was predeceased by her husband, Patrick M. Walsh on October 21, 1971 and by a sister, Charlotte May Hopkins, March 19, 2011. Marion will be dearly missed by her seven daughters and two sons along with their spouses: Maureen Walsh and Richard Spinney of Bangor; Sheila and Joe Harris of Bangor; Eileen Walsh and William Eddy of Falmouth, Mass; Brian Walsh of Highland Beach, Fla; Rosemary and Robert Russell of Clifton, Kathleen Walsh and George Foster of Gorham; Erin and James DiFrederico of Hampden; Kevin and Margaret Walsh of Westerville, Ohio; and Teresa and James Lagrange of Portland.
Grammy Mama leaves behind thirteen grandchildren, Matthew Holden, Michele Harris, Julie Desgranges, Elizabeth and Patrick Schule, Danielle Stuber, Kate Russell, Benjamin Theriault, Justin and Kelly DiFrederico, Daniel Walsh, and Grace and Jack Lagrange. Her six great grandchildren, Jack and Luke Stuber, Olivia and Gabriella Desgranges, and Ava and Ariel DiFrederico.
Marion also leaves behind a special brother-in-law, Thomas T. Walsh, whose generosity made it possible for Marion to remain at home throughout her long illness. She leaves behind a special friend who she called "sister, "Mary Huskins of Bangor. Marion leaves behind many dear friends, nieces and nephews, a special sister-in-law, Patricia, and her sweet and loving companion, "Little Orphan Annie," her rescue cat.
Family and Friends may visit from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, York St., Bangor. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. A joyous celebration of Marion's life will be held afterward. Donations in her name may be made to the Brewer Public Library, but more important than donations, Marion would love you to do an act of loving kindness. Visit a sick friend, give a hug, send a card, or spend some time with a loved one in her memory.