Mary's Story

VEAZIE - Mary Jane "MJ" McGuire, 55, went home to the Lord May 19, 2015, at her residence in Veazie, Maine.

Born Mary Jane Allen September 4, 1959, in Lansing, Michigan, she is survived by her husband, Stephen; daughtersm Katherine and Elizabeth; and her mother, Jane Allen, all of Veazie; brother, Terry Allen and his children, Richard Allen and Charles Allen, of New Cumnock, Scotland; brother, Mark Allen his wife, Yesenia Allen, and their children, Tiffani Allen and Kaitlin Allen, all of Las Vegas, NV, as well current international home stay students, Phoenix Sun and Joyce Ma. MJ was predeceased by her father, Max Allen; and sister-in-law, Nan Allen (wife of Terry).

Mary received her Bachelor's Degree from Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) in 1984 and her Master's Degree in Communication from Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1986. She became Director of Volunteers at Bangor Mental Health Institute in 1987, where she remained until the birth of Katherine. She remained at home to raise her and Stephen's two children for nine years, at which point she re-entered the workforce until pausing to fight and beat breast cancer. She was soon after diagnosed with a second and unrelated metastatic cancer, which ultimately caused her death.

Beloved wife and mother, Mary was an active member of Pathway Wesleyan Church in Bangor. Through the years, never one to sit around, she sold Longaberger Baskets, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and AFLAC. She was a hospice volunteer for Eastern Maine for several years. She was best known for her gift of hospitality: whether it was raising college funds for church youth with her famous pizza parties, planning and hosting wedding showers, baby showers and any other celebrations for friends, family, missionaries and total strangers; she loved to give to others.

Mary was always searching for new recipes to try on the family, new themes to create the perfect occasion and new games to play at those occasions.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 12 noon at River City Wesleyan Church, 146 Center St., Bangor, Maine, with light refreshments to follow. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pathway Church Missions.
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