Mary's Story

BATH - Mary Geraldine Crichton, 73, passed away on April 24, 2016 at the Hill House Assisted Living Center with her family at her side after a long battle with cancer. Mary was born on January 3, 1943 in Presque Isle, the daughter of Philip and Angela (Donahue) Crichton.

She grew up and attended schools in Mars Hill, graduating from Aroostook Central Institute in 1961, from Aroostook State Teachers College with a degree in Education and a master's degree in Education from the University of Maine. Mary began her career at the University of Maine and worked there as an associate professor for physical education. Following her work at the University of Maine, Mary devoted over thirty years to the State of Maine Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and later on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. She served as the Recreation Director at Pineland for several years, where she made a significant difference.

Mary played a key role in resolving the long lasting consent decree against the State of Maine, after which she retired. Mary was highly respected and regarded by her peers. She enjoyed working for Commissioners Brenda Harvey and Kevin Concannon, in particular. Mary was an avid movie goer and fan with a large collection of movies. When she wasn't working, or enjoying time with family, she loved watching movies.

Mary is survived by her brother, Stephen Crichton of Hampden; brother, Peter Crichton and wife, Jennifer, of Scarborough; sister, Angela Ellen Delong and husband, Kris, of Bridgewater; her brother-in-law, Elias Karter of Osprey, Fla., and Phippsburg; her brother-in-law, Alan Hitchcock; her dear cousin Dean Donahue Paterson and husband, John; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many other family members. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Ann Karter; sister, Clare Hitchcock; and infant nephew, Gregory Michael Hitchcock. She also leaves behind friends and former co-workers.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-3PM immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 3PM on Thursday at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A graveside burial will be at the Green Ridge Cemetery in Caribou at a later date.

To view Mary's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.
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