Mary's Story

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, AND ARGYLE, ME - Mary Ann Drake Markoski, 77, of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Argyle, passed away peacefully, March 18, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 25, 1937, in Old Town, the daughter of Kenneth and Pearl Young.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 6 years, Stanley Markoski; daughter, Catherine Gildart and husband, James; son, Greg Drake and wife, Pam; brothers, Kenneth H. Young and wife, Cora, and Walter Young and wife, Iona; grandchildren, Jason Drake, Christy Simmons, Jessica Drake, Michael Drake, Kayla Lawrence, Alexandria Gildart and Moriah Gildart; as well as several great-grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by a sister, Rosa Collins Baillargeon; and her first husband, George K. Drake Jr.

Mary lived a full life. She was employed with the University of Maine in Orono, owned and operated Drakes Foodland in Greatworks, as well as the Bread Basket in Alton, and a catering business. Mary displayed her love of helping people through her involvement in various organizations such as Extension Services, Family Reunions, Florida Maine Day and her most recent honor of Grand Princess of Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America in Zephyrhills.

A celebration of her life will be held in Maine in early summer. Those who wish to remember Mary in a special way may make gifts in her memory to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published in Bangor Daily News
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