It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Ann (Habel) Moore announces her passing at the age of 73. She was a caring wife, mother, “Nana”, sister and friend.
Mary Ann was born in Boston, MA to George and Mary Habel and grew up in Wollaston Beach, Quincy, MA. A graduate of Cardinal Cushing High School, she went on to pursue a degree in education at Bridgewater State University. She began her teaching career in Whitman, MA. After marrying the love of her life and airman, George, the couple traveled the world with posts from Italy to Hawaii. She held various teaching positions within the communities they were stationed. Most of her career was spent at Village Elementary School in York, ME. She was passionate about teaching young readers and undoubtedly touched hundreds of children’s lives over the course of her career. In her retirement, she eagerly volunteered at Village Elementary School.
Mary Ann's children and four grandsons were the pride and joy of her life. Whether it was as simple as a school science project or as complex as navigating new parenthood, she was there to lend her support and encouragement. One of her favorite ways to spend free time was cheering on her family’s sports teams. Her presence in the bleachers and on the sidelines will be sorely missed.
Family and friends appreciated Mary Ann’s quick wit and great sense of humor. Her playfulness is likely the reason she developed a love for Halloween. For decades she brought delight (and some fright) to her neighborhood through elaborate haunted scenes.
An avid quilter, Mary Ann liked the challenge and creativity involved in creating something by hand. She enjoyed attending quilt shop hops with some of her dearest friends.
Mary Ann had a sweet tooth and loved Pepsi, vanilla sodas and butter creams. She was often caught sneaking her grandsons Junior Mints.
Mary Ann is predeceased by her husband and parents. Her legacy continues with her children, Shawn Moore and his wife, Jennifer of York, ME, Kelly Hirbour and her husband, Timothy of York, ME. She will be forever remembered by her brother, George Habel and his wife, Anne of Fountain Hills, AZ; her two sisters, Kathleen Habel of Braintree, MA, Tricia Bernabeo and her husband, Ted of Kingston, MA, her brother-in-law John Naymie of Canton, MA, her grandsons, Jameson, Declan, Timmy and Tyler, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all the teachers and staff at Village Elementary School and Coastal Ridge Elementary School for their unwavering love, concern and encouragement during Mary Ann’s illness. Additional gratitude to New England Cancer Specialists and Cornerstone Hospice for their exceptional care.
Inspired by Mary Ann's lifelong commitment to young readers and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Village Elementary School. Donations will be used to purchase books for the York Public Library Children’s Section. Instilling a love of reading in young learners will help memorialize Mary Ann for years to come.
Village Elementary School
124 York Street
York, Maine 03909
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