GENEVIEVE “JENNIE” K. (PURINGTON) CIRONE

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

SOUTH ADDISON-Jennie K. (Purington) Cirone, 91, went to be with the Lord Feb. 3, 2004, from her home in South Addison. She was born in McKinley (Bass Harbor), March 24, 1912, the daughter of John E. and Lottie Ellen (Cushing) Purington. Her family moved to Little Nash Island in January 1916 where her father served as lighthouse keeper for 19 years. On Jan. 14, 1934, Jennie married Stanley Cirone and they established their home in South Addison. For more than 70 years, through the summer of 2003, Jennie captained her own lobster boat. Known for extensive knowledge and love for sheep, Jennie was a true shepherdess to her flocks on Little Nash and Big Nash Islands and to her special pet sheep at her South Addison home. Over the years articles have been written about Jennie in the National Geographic, Yankee, Down East, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not and a documentary film entitled “Jennie’s Island Life” was produced in 2000. Jennie endeared herself to people from all walks of life with her buoyant personality and loving ways, her willingness to help in time of need and generous hospitality. She was predeceased by an infant daughter; her husband, Stanley in 1989 and her siblings, William, Irving, Robert, Raymond, Carl, Clifford, Earl and Mary. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families; two sisters-in-law and many friends. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” A celebration of Jennie’s life will be held at the D. W. Merritt School on Indian River Road, Addison, 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004. Donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to the Friends of Nash Island Light, P.O. Box 250, Addison, ME 04606.

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