PORTLAND – Mary G. “Deanie” (Murphy) Mooers, 94, of Portland died peacefully surrounded by her children on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Barron Center, after a long illness. The daughter of Daniel Patrick and Julia Edna (McAuley) Murphy, she was born in Bangor, in 1920 attending local schools, and graduating from John Bapst High School in 1937.
After graduation she became the executive secretary for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Donald H. Mooers. They married in Bangor in 1944, and then moved to the Portland area in 1955 where they raised their family of 7 children. Deanie was a communicant of St. Pius X Church, and a member of the Ladies Sodality. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, and the many “cases” she helped nurture.
She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years in 1995, her sister, Eleanor O’Connell in 1998, and her son, John Randall in 1974. After Donald’s death she had a house built on Felicia Lane in Portland, where she lived happily until 2001 when she became ill. She moved in with her daughter, Julie, and son-in-law, Gary in Newmarket, NH, where she was cared for and treated like “the Queen” for 10 years. Most of her friends knew her as Deanie, and she was fondly nicknamed “Nana-Banana”, by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, playing cards with friends, cooking and annual vacations at camp with Donald and her children. She also loved summers at the shore eating lobsters with Barbara, Bertie and Trixie.
She is survived by her five daughters, Donna Turner, and her husband, Fred of Windham, Judith Curran and her husband, Richard of Portland, Peg Murphy-Mooers of Westbrook, Julie Smith and her husband, Gary of New Market NH, and Mary Kathleen Mooers of South Portland; two sons, James “Rick” F. Mooers, and his wife, Mimi, of Mt. Desert Island, and Harry E. Grant and his wife, Susan, of Florida. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Deanie’s family would like to thank the Barron Center Staff for the loving care they provided to their mother in her final days.
Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. A reception will be held at the funeral home after the interment. Donations can be made in Mary’s memory to the Barron Center Residence Benefit Fund, Attn Eileen Norton, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland ME 04102. For additional information and to sign Deanie’s online guestbook, please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com