Obituary for Mary E Bourque (Young)
Mary E. Bourque, 95, of Hallowell, ME died on Jan. 17, 2018 at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta following a brief illness. Mary was born in Bath, Maine on January 4, 1923, the daughter of the late Morton Folger Young and Elizabeth (Hayes) Young. She grew up in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts and returned to Bath her senior year, where she graduated from Morse High School in 1940.
During her lifetime, she suffered the loss of four husbands; Herbert B. Wing, Perry B. Pinney, Paul A. Stanford, and George Leo Bourque. Mary was a very strong and independent woman and combined with her faith, she carried on. She was also predeceased by her three siblings; Barbara Y. Gallagher and Frances Y. Kakos both of Bath, Maine and brother, Frank Young, of Falls Church, Virginia.
Mary was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader when her daughters were young. She was an admitted “chocoholic”. Her favorite was Hersey’s milk chocolate bars. When her children were young, she would make a pan of chocolate fudge at night, while her children were sleeping, and then would hide it so she wouldn’t have to share it. Mary loved playing cards, was a voracious reader, enjoyed sewing clothing for her children, grandchildren and their dolls, and loved being with her friends and family. Music was a big part of her life. She played the violin as a child, and as an adult, she played the organ at home for own enjoyment. She was an avid golfer. For many years, she and her husband, Leo, wintered in Englewood, Florida. During the summer months, you would find them on the golf course at Western View in Augusta on most days. She was a communicant of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and more recently St. Michael Catholic Parish in Augusta.
Mary was a person who had great empathy for people in need. She grew up during the Great Depression and knew what it was like to be poor. She said that although she never felt poor - because she had her extended family nearby and everyone else she knew was of similar circumstances. As an adult, she would contact the Salvation Army at Christmas time to figure out how she could help a family or two with their needs. With gusto, Mary would go shopping, wrap and label the gifts, and then deliver them back to the Salvation Army for distribution. It was important to her that the families, particularly the children, would have something under the Christmas tree.
Mary also loved working with numbers. Most years she would take on the challenge of preparing her tax return and she would help her friends with theirs as well. She was a great friend and took that to heart even in her later years. Mary decided to give up her driver’s license at the age of 90 and at the same time, made the decision to move into the Woodlands Senior Living Center in Hallowell in the assisted living section. She had been driving there to visit her group of friends anyway, so it was a natural progression for her. She moved in and began assisting people there as well.
She is survived by her three daughters, Ellen Wing and her husband Burt Sharpe of Lebanon, IL, Jane Wing Fuller and her husband Bruce of Bayside, WI, Barbara Wing Nevins and her husband Jeff of Augusta, ME. She had six grandchildren: Wendy McCain Lee, Krista McCain, Glen McCain, Ian McCain, Jessica Nevins Kurtzman and Alyssa Nevins Benedict. She also had 12 great grandchildren: Rebekah Lee Edman, Olivia and Owen James, Ryenna Lee, Charlotte and Felix Eames, Alan and Morgan McCain, Claire and Margot Kurtzman, Connor and Grant Benedict along with many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was loved and will be missed by all.
At her request, there will be no public visiting hours. A graveside service will be held later in the spring in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, ME.
At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Salvation Army, 36 Eastern Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330.