AUGUSTA — Maryann W. Griffin, 63, of Augusta, died suddenly and unexpectedly of complications from minor surgery, September 28, 2022. Maryann, born May 5, 1959, was the beloved daughter of Beverley “Chubby” (Glencross) and the late Richard “Brownie” Griffin of Peabody, Mass. and Naples, Maine.
Maryann lived her life to the fullest and lived a life of adventure. She has worked at ski resorts in California and on cruise ships in the Hawaiian Islands. She worked as a welder for Dick the Welder and pursued her Merchant Navy license. When Maryann moved to the family Lodge in Naples, Maine, she began a long career with the Maine State Parks Service, operating Songo Locks for many years and working at Sebago Lake State Park, Two Lights State Park and at Crescent Beach. She loved the outdoors and was a fierce conservationist. She earned two college degrees, including a geoscience degree from the University of Southern Maine in 2008. Maryann worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in Augusta as a geology technician. She and her friends and colleagues called themselves “Team AT”. She was a proud union member of the Maine State Employees Association, Scott Austin Eastside Chapter, where she served as shop steward, chapter steward, chapter president, and a member of the board of directors of the MSEA. Maryann attended Keefe Elementary School, Higgins Junior High School, and was a proud graduate of the Essex Agricultural High School class of 1977.
Maryann loved animals and always cared for rescue cats and dogs, birds, and even mice and skunks (yes, if you knew Maryann, you know that’s true!). She was an artistic and creative person. She loved the holidays, especially Halloween and made amazing costumes for herself and her friends and her parties were legendary. She baked hundreds of Christmas cookies each year for her family and friends, and two years ago, when Covid prevented the annual celebration of Christmas at home, Maryann drove 400 miles on her Jeep to deliver cookies Christmas in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont to the surprise and delight of her siblings and nephews and nieces. She has sewn hundreds of masks for her family and colleagues for use during the pandemic. She was renovating her house and she single-handedly built a pergola for her terrace. She was a wonderful gardener and shared her beautiful flowers with her family and friends.
Maryann was an independent woman and an inspiration to her family, especially her nieces and nephews. In their words: She started doing things – and she did them. She was generous with her talents and extremely thoughtful. His sense of humor, his spontaneity, his strength were contagious. His adventures were incredible. Aunt Mare was the coolest aunt. She endlessly loved and fought for what she believed in, and she was an amazing person.
Maryann leaves behind her heartbroken mother, Beverley; his sisters and brothers and their spouses, Beverley Griffin and her husband Robert Dunne of Peabody, Richard Griffin Jr. of Naples, Maone, Patricia and her husband Steven Zalewski of Peabody, Michael Griffin and his wife Jana Murphy of Middleton. Aunty Mare is survived by her beloved nieces and nephews Brian Dunne, Maureen Dunne and her husband Demetri Tsonis, MaryCatherine Dunne, Sarah Dunne Kozik and her husband Jeremy Kozik, niece and godson Cheyenne Zalewski, Thomas Zalewski and Nora Griffin. She is survived by her dear friends Thomas Folsom, Karol Carlsson, Kathy Beecher, Leslie Shruhan, Clare Campbell and Bill and Melissa Post van der Burg who immortalized Maryann in her beautiful paintings, as well as her dear colleagues Janet Gorman and Molly King. She leaves her aunts and uncles, Jean and Peter Matvichuk and Dorothy and Robert Peach and many cousins and longtime friends and colleagues from Peabody and Maine and across the country. She also leaves behind her cat Domino and her beloved little dog, Brodie.
Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will be held Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, Lynn, Mass., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. A celebration of life will be held in Maine at a later date.
Guestbook online at http://www.Solimine.com.
In memory of Maryann, donations can be made to:
The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brookline, MA.
And in memory of Maryann, live your best life possible – like an adventure
Obituary: Patricia Ann (McLeod) Williams