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Margie Anne Cushman, 72, of Portland, died October 6th peacefully at Maine Medical Center. Marge was born on June 17, 1942 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Lestina and Howard Cushman.
As a child of the military, she lived many places as a child, but always considered Sabattus her true home, where she had many fond memories of working in her grandfather's bakery and in her college years "tearing up the town" with her family and beloved friend Bertha Nason.
After moving to Portland in her 20s, she held many jobs from seamstress to owning a successful antigue business in the then newly developing Old Port. Her favorite song in those days was "On the Road Again," which she would play every time she got in her old van for another antique show. Later, she worked security for MBI and was very proud of her reputation as a "big capable woman with a bigger personality."
When forced to retire due to illness, she moved to Harbor Terrace in Portland. Undaunted by her increasing inability to move and great pain, she made Harbor Terrace her community and for eight years she made blankets, meals for 60 people at a time, and ran Bingo weekly. She was known as a woman not to mess with, she was a ferocious wolf when it came to loving and protecting her family, friends, and particularly people she felt were "broken" and needed a loud voice to fight for them, or a helping hand or meal. She would always pick up the phone at 3:00 a.m. to comfort her granddaughter or anyone else in her life who was in her words making bad decisions or was very sad, always saying this is "something I know a lot about, listen to me!"
Around Portland she became a common sight in her distinctive wheelchair buggy (complete with bullhorns, heat and 100s of stickers) constructed by her good friend Reid. They would often ride together and seemed to bring inspiration and joy to all who would stop them to talk. She insisted on being completely independent, riding throughout town even in the winter to complete her tasks. She was particularly thrilled to see the people of Maine approve medical marijuana and had hoped to see the day when cannabis was legalized federally. She was a member of the Wellness Connection of Maine in Portland and often said that medical marijuana made her last years comfortable and gave her the ability to function. As her loved ones, we would like to specifically thank and applaud the people at the Wellness Connection for giving her such emotional support and pain relief.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:10
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PORTLAND — Anne Demmons Childs, 64, passed away at home on Friday, October 10, 2014 after a brief illness.
Anne was born in Portland on January 11, 1950, the daughter of Ruth Demmons and Clyde 'Duke' Foster Farrington. A lifelong Portlander, she attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School, class of 1968.
In her early years, Anne loved spending summers with her sister, Jean, and grandparents, Nana and Bubba, at their camp on Moosehead Lake. She later made countless memories at her parents' camp "Birchmere" on Highland Lake in Windham.
Anne spent her career working for credit unions in the greater Portland area including 25 years with Portland Regional Credit Union and most recently with TruChoice Credit Union in South Portland. She particularly looked forward to her monthly "GNOB" nights spent with her longtime friends in the CU industry.
Anne was an avid reader and had a flair for design and style. She took great pride in decorating her family home on Exeter Street. Anne, Jean and their families always celebrated the holidays on Longview Drive and loved watching their children grow up together. Her most enjoyable weekends were spent traveling the coast of Maine with her love, Joey, looking for interesting antiques and stopping for a bite at Moody's diner.
Anne was an amazing mother and friend to her daughter, Courtney. For the past eight years, they loved sharing their two-family home and seeing each other so frequently. The light of Anne's life was her five year old grandson Max, whom she adored and spent time with almost every day. She was a wonderful Grammy and special woman whose absence will be felt for a long time.
Anne was predeceased by her parents. Anne will be missed and forever remembered by her daughter Courtney Childs, her husband Jeff Spofford and their son Maxwell Spofford, of Portland. Anne is also survived by her sister, Jean McGovern and husband John of Portland; Nephews Jason McGovern and wife, Sharon, and their children Ryan and Avery of Scarborough; Justin McGovern of Portland; and her long-time companion Joseph Nightingale and his family.
Visiting hours are Thursday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Jones, Rich & Hutchins in Portland. A private, family graveside service will be held on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 19:31
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Susan Hathaway Boydston, Ph.D., was born Dec. 17, 1947 in Boston, Mass., to the late Mary Lee Bird Hathaway and William Dodd Hathaway. She was mother of Elizabeth Britton Larkin of Sarasota, Fla., Lt. Edward "Ned" Hathaway Boydston, USN, and Alexander "Alec" Dodd Boydston, Leiden, The Netherlands. She was grandmother of Kai Benjamin Larkin. She was sister of Fred W. Hathaway (Lee Broadfoot) of Washington, D.C. and aunt of William and Benjamin Hathaway. She was formerly married to Richard Boydston.
She attended public schools in Auburn, Maine and was a graduate of George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, Virginia. She acquired a B.A. in psychology (1969) Tufts University; MAT in Elementary Education (1972) Simmons College; M.A. in Creative Writing (1994); and Ph.D. in English Literature (2004), University of Cincinnati. She was a member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought, PsyArt Foundation, Modern Language Association, Cincinnati Tennis Club. Recipient of several writing awards and honors.
She was a teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools and English instructor at the University of Cincinnati and numerous other English and reading teaching work over the years. Author of "The Growth of a Self: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Beowolf" (2004).
Susan was a dear friend to many and had a wide array of connections she valued deeply. She was always the life of the party. Some of her happiest times were spent with her family in Maine and enjoying her grandson Kai. Susan had a lifelong passion for learning, teaching and writing. She was committed to growing as a person and had a gift for persistence in spite of obstacles. Above all, Susan was a loving and tender mother who took great joy in raising her children and delighting in their company as adults.
Her physical presence will be missed greatly but her loving spirit will live on in all who knew her.
Visitation is Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church. Interment is at 9 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery Saturday, July 19, with memorial service following at 11 a.m. at First Unitarian Church, Linton and Reading Road, Cincinnati. Susan asked any memorial donations be made to 4C for Children, 1924 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Gwen Mooney Funeral Home (513-853-1035) is entrusted with arrangements.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 22:58
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Michael Charles Kucsma, Jr., Capt. Portland Fire Department, age 43, of Buxton died unexpectedly Monday, June 16, 2014 in Portland from a scuba diving accident.
He was born in Fredericksburg, Va., the son of Michael C. Kucsma Sr. and Jane H. Longchamps.
He attended schools in Alfred graduating from Massabesic High School class of 1988.
He was a graduate from USM with a degree in Political Science in 1992.
Michael was a firefighter for the Westbrook Fire Department from 1992-1993, Portland Fire Department 1993-2014 and Gorham Fire Department from 1990- 2014. Chief LaMoria stated, "He was an exceptional human being," calling Michael a friend and describing him as a highly trained, skilled firefighter who was always willing to share his knowledge.
He enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean, fishing, camping, target shooting, and cooking. He also enjoyed being a Parrothead and honing his appreciation of fine rums. He was an avid Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Bruins fan. He also was a contributor to the Fire Rescue Magazine.
Michael was awarded the Chief Oliver T. Sanborn Administration Award in 2004, and was recognized for his contributions to the Fire Inspection Division of the Gorham Fire Department, in 1995.
He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Mike & Carolyn Kucsma, and maternal grandparents, Joseph & Helen L. Hall.
Besides his beloved wife and best friend Marcia (Knapp) Kucsma, their kids, Jake and Poppy, his father, Michael C. Kucsma, Sr., and his friend Nancy Richeson of Alfred, his mother, Jane H. Longchamps and her husband Russell of Farmington, his brother, Christopher P. Kucsma and his wife Jen of Springvale, and his sister, Sarah E. Kucsma and her friend Douglas Sears of Las Vegas.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend at time of visitation on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 4 to 8PM at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. The funeral will be an Ecumenical Funeral Service with honors rendered by fellow firefighters to be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation, 380 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101.
For further information and to leave a tribute in Mike's memory please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 00:09