Simone's Story

ROCKLAND AND GUILFORD - On September 9, 2014 the light at the heart of the Lynch family dimmed as we lost our beloved Simone 'Monie' Lynch (nee Hayden) after many years struggling against ill health. Larry, her devoted husband of nearly 57 years was by her side at the end at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Once their family had grown and moved away, Monie and Larry left her childhood hometown, Guilford, and took up residence in Rockland.

Monie was a warm person who welcomed people into her heart and home. She was a consummate hostess, as comfortable preparing and serving a holiday meal for 25 as she was calling a 'whoopee pie bingo' game for a large gathering of her children, nieces, nephews and assorted friends. She was a devoted daughter, wife, sister, mother and friend who always put the needs of others before her own. She grew up a true child of Maine enjoying playing in the woods as a child and hunting in them as she grew older. As a friend she was incredible - she was able to impart logical, sensible advice with honesty and kindness which always left the recipient sure of their importance to her. Monie and Larry originally met in Orlando, FL, but returned to Maine to raise their family. For most of the last 13 years they returned to spending winters in Florida collecting even more friends who were taken by her kindness and caring. The couple always looked forward to leaving for Florida each fall, but were even more eager to return to their lovely home in Maine, as Monie loved her gardens and spent countless hours of her life tending her adored flowers.

Monie was predeceased by her parents, Ann and Guy Hayden, and sister, Marguerite Bauer. She is survived by her treasured husband, Larry Lynch of Rockland, her brother, Harold Hayden of Billings Montana, and her children, Lonnie Lynch of Bath and Lori Lundin of North Shields, England. Her heart was filled for many years with her grandsons; Brian Lynch, Kirk Lynch and wife, Laura-Kate Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Jeremy Lundin, and her newest addition, great-grandson, Eben Lynch--they were the absolute light of her life and being 'Grammy Monie' suited her well.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the family plot at Elmwood Cemetery, Elm Street, Guilford, with Pastor Reeni Cipullo officiating. Following will be a reception at the Guilford United Methodist Church. We welcome all friends and family to join us to celebrate a life well lived by an exceptional woman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to a local church or charity of your choice. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to
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