Maureen D. Hodgkins died peacefully on March 17, 2021. It was fitting that she passed on St. Patrick’s Day, as she was very proud of her Irish heritage.
Maureen was born on October 7, 1932, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Frank J. and Mary H. Dunleavy. She grew up on Bridge Hill in Ellsworth and had many tales of antics and activities with the neighborhood children who she referred to as “the Bridge Hill gang.” One of those adventures was sliding down Bridge Hill after snowstorms. Maureen’s Girl Scout troop was released early every afternoon during the great Bar Harbor Fire in October 1947 and made sandwiches and soup that were delivered to the firefighters. Every day when they were done each girl received a ticket for free admission to the movie playing at the Grand that night and even though the same movie was shown each night they always went.
Maureen first met her husband, Elmer, when they were both picking beans in the bean fields in Ellsworth. She spotted someone lying outside of the bean field and went to check on them. Elmer was too sick to pick beans and was upset because he was not going to be able to earn the 50 cent piece he was planning to give his mother. Maureen picked his quota for him. Several years later they met again in high school and eventually married.
Maureen was a homemaker but also a partner in running the family businesses, first Parkadia and then Isleview Motel and Cabins, each for several years. She loved gardening and also canning and pickling. She also loved both cooking and baking and did so daily. She enjoyed knitting and in the last few years concentrated on knitting and donating warm items to homeless shelters. She resided at Woodlands Assisted Living in Brewer the last few years of her life and loved the musical performances that were held there as well as playing Bingo.
Maureen was predeceased by her parents, her husband Elmer, her sisters Margaret (Peggy) Dunleavy and Eileen D. Knott, and a granddaughter, Sophie Bunker Hodgkins. She is survived by her brother, Jack Dunleavy and his wife Helen, and her children, Mary Wallace, Jean Whitaker and her husband Daryl and Michael Hodgkins and his wife Kim. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
At Maureen’s request there will not be a public memorial service. Interment will be private and held at the Leland Cemetery in Trenton in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maureen’s memory to Woodlawn (the Black House) 19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth ME 04605 where Maureen’s grandparents James and Hannah Dunleavy were caretakers for many years and where her father was raised.
“When Irish eyes are smiling, sure, it is like the morn in spring, in the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing”.
Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com