Mariene Crowley Sprague

OBIT-SpragueELLSWORTH — Mariene Crowley Sprague, known as “Nana Florida” to her grandchildren, 93, of Ellsworth died on Oct. 22, 2015, at an Ellsworth nursing home. She was born on Dec. 12, 1921, in Thomasville, Ga., daughter of William Riley Clinton and Adeline (Shepard) Crowley.

Mariene built Liberty Ships at the Todd Bath Iron Shipyard in South Portland. She was a real “Rosie the Riveter” who built the famous Liberty Ships that ferried troops and equipment to Europe and the Pacific during WWII.

She is survived by her granddaughters, Rhonda Dinsmore Jordan and her husband, Patrick; Diane Dinsmore Moaratty and her husband, Donald K. Jr.; six precious great-grandchildren, Bridget Mariene, Ronald Asa, Patrick Orion, Mya Dawn, Elena Grace and Nathaniel James; one sister, Marcelle, and one brother, Jack. She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Claude Stanley Murphy and Winfield Sprague; her daughter, Patsy Murphy Dinsmore; twin sister, Pauline; two other sisters, Ruth and Sadie; and three brothers, June, Preston and Curtis.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery in Mount Desert with Pastor Bob Maddocks officiating.

Arrangements are under the care of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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