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Mary Carolyn (Hill) Powers of York Beach, Maine and Sarasota, Florida died peacefully on January 9, 2024 at the age of 94, surrounded by loving family. She was born on October 29,1929 to Edmund and Frances (Johnson) Hill and spent her early years in Manchester, New Hampshire with her brother Edmund W. (Ted) and sister Eleanor (Ellie). Mary graduated from Manchester High School and went on to attend Endicott College.
The Hill family vacationed many summers in Maine, and these trips would lead to a strong connection with the York area. Mary worked several summers at the Goldenrod restaurant in York Beach. There she made lifelong friends, and in 1949 would meet her future husband Robert (Bob) Powers.
Mary captured Bob’s heart and their Goldenrod romance led to marriage in 1953. Over the next several years, they were blessed with three children: Keith, Stephen (Steve), and Pamela (Pam). The family of five moved often during Bob’s IBM career. Mary’s friendly and sunny personality served her family well while they navigated those moves.
Mary’s love of York Beach drew her to search for a house. That house became Mary’s home for nearly 40 years and would see many visitors from near and far. Mary’s sister Ellie and her brother Ted, with his wife JoAnn, often visited from California with their families. During Ellie’s summer visits in recent years, Mary and Ellie always made a point to enjoy lobster together every day – a wonderful sister bond.
Mary enjoyed good company and was particularly known for her great recipes, proudly claiming ownership of the kitchen. In Maine, Mary treasured holidays and vacations with family, shopping with Pam, and weekend visits from grandchildren Lynne and David.
During their retirement years, Mary and Bob split their time between Florida and Maine. Mary had a legendary memory and never forgot a face or a name – important skills for condo living in Florida. She cultivated a tight-knit friend group on the Gulf Coast, where winters were spent getting to know their neighbors, golfing, watching sunsets, and hosting dinners.
A devoted spouse, Mary shared nearly 60 years of marriage with Bob. In his later years, Mary managed their daily lives with grace, respectfully supporting Bob until he sadly passed away in 2012.
After some time, Mary returned to the Florida condo. There, she developed a special bond with another longtime Bay Tree Club resident, John (Jack) Cullen. As the partnership between Mary and Jack grew, they traveled between Florida and Maine. Jack introduced Mary to pizza and pubs - a first for her! Mary brought her love of lobster into Jack’s life. They took delight in the simple things for ten years, watching Jeopardy, preparing dinners, enjoying sunsets, and especially sharing time with their condo friends. Mary remained by his side until the loss of Jack in September 2023.
Always flexible, Mary then moved to an apartment at Huntington Common in Kennebunk, Maine, where she enjoyed getting to know people and dining with her new neighbors.
Mary passed away peacefully in January 2024 after a long life well-lived. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Powers, daughter Pamela Brown, and partner Jack Cullen. She will be deeply missed by her loving son Keith and wife Kathy Powers, son Stephen Powers, and grandchildren Lynne and David Powers; brother Ted and wife JoAnn Hill, and sister Ellie Lewis; cousin Fred and wife Carole Hill; and many nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors. Mary will be especially missed by Jack’s daughter Virginia (Ginny) and husband Garth Doody, his son Kevin Cullen and wife Michelle, and Jack’s granddaughters Sarah and Monica Doody.
A period of visitation will be held on Friday, January 19th from 10-11am with a Memorial Service to begin promptly at 11am in Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home in York, Maine.
The Powers family would like to extend their gratitude to staff and volunteers at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House and at York Hospital for their dedicated care during Mary’s final days.