Marilyn Peterson

Northeast Harbor

Marilyn Ann Bryant Moran Peterson, 93, passed on Aug. 3, 2022, and is now with God in Paradise. She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Somesville, the daughter of Ralph Alonzo and Eleanor Gertrude (Young) Bryant.

She is a descendant of the Stanleys and Gilleys of the Cranberry Islands. Her first years were spent on Islesford in the family house built by Thomas Stanley in 1830. She attended grammar school on the island. During her freshman year the family lived in Medford, Mass., where she attended high school. That following summer they moved back to the island, and she went to Bar Harbor High School for the next three years. After graduation in 1946, she worked in a local paint shop in Bar Harbor, where she met and married John “Jack” Patrick Moran II, a World War II veteran. They raised five children, mostly on Islesford.

After 25 years of marriage to Jack, they parted ways and Marilyn married Philmore Peterson, a local fisherman from the neighboring island of Great Cranberry. She became a stepmother to Catherine “Kitty” and Paul. Later, Marilyn and Phil moved to Maple Lane Apartments in Northeast Harbor. Years later, after Phil’s passing, she became a companion to Everett Butler until his death.

During her long life she had many interests. She volunteered for the Red Cross and did bookkeeping for her mother and stepfather Elmer Spurling. Marilyn worked at the Islesford Store as a clerk and helped make donuts. She cleaned on both islands, with one being the old Coast Guard station on Islesford. Marilyn was a waitress at the Cranberry Cove Restaurant and sold her beautiful knit wears at the Whale’s Rib Gift Shop, both at “Big Island.” Marilyn volunteered at a local thrift store off island. She loved music and dance, playing card games and especially cribbage. She enjoyed having many family gatherings and would share her deep knowledge of genealogy with all who were interested. Marilyn was a homemaker alongside her husband, Jack, raising and caring will all her heart for their children. This was her greatest achievement!

Marilyn is survived by five children, John P. Moran III, Jane Moran Porter, both of Bar Harbor, Joan Moran Pickering of Northeast Harbor, Ann Moran Young and husband, Michael, of Otis and Timothy Ralph Moran of Islesford; six grandchildren, Wendy Porter, Jason Pickering and wife, Lindsay Eysnogle, and Rochelle, Lorelei and Kristian Wehrfritz; three great-grandchildren, Luciana Katrina Pickering, Marina Marilyn Pickering and Greenley Helene Porter; a brother, Bradley Roy, and wife, Barbara Wendelken Bryant; a stepdaughter, Catherine “Kitty” Nelson, and husband, Dale; stepson Paul Peterson and wife, Phyllis; step-grandchildren, Molly Nelson and partner Mike Poissonnier, Mathew Nelson Fong and husband, Joseph, Gretchen Kozachenko and husband, Mike, Eric Peterson and wife, Allison, and Allison, Michelle and Anne Young; step-great-grandchildren Amy Young, Jessica Hartford, and Trinity Young; and many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was predeceased by her parents; stepfather; two sisters, Lena McComick and Lillian Alley; her two husbands and her companion; and two granddaughters, Katrina Pickering and Stacey Peterson.

The family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses, family and friends that God has put in her path, especially the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, MDI Hospital, Mt. Desert Nursing Association, Beacon Hospice and her many friends from Maple Lane Apt. With all the care she received, Marilyn was able to fulfill her wish to remain at her home. Those who desire may make contributions in Marilyn’s memory to any of those organizations.

Private family services will be held at the Stanley-Hadlock Cemetery, Islesford.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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