Mary Ellen Kimball


Mary Ellen Kimball died peacefully at her home in Lamoine with her dog Sadie by her side on Feb. 25, 2021. Mary Ellen was born on June 30, 1947, at MDI Hospital, the elder daughter of Allan R. and Margaret Kelley Kimball.

Mary Ellen grew up in Bar Harbor and attended St Edward’s Parochial School and Bar Harbor High School, Class of 1965. After graduation she moved to Boston to pursue a degree in accounting at Burdett Junior College. After college she worked at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. In 1968, she moved back to Bar Harbor and spent over 35 years working at the Jackson Laboratory.

MEK, as she was known to family and friends, was a kind and generous person. If someone needed six dollars and she only had a 10, she would give them the 10, knowing she might never see that 10 again. Children, animals and people in crisis were her specialty. She offered a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or a cash contribution for any and all needs.

In Mary Ellen’s family she was known as “SISSY,” thanks to her then 2-year-old sister who couldn’t pronounce Mary Ellen. When the neighborhood kids teased her with “Sissy  is a sissy,” she set them straight with black eyes and split lips, typical tomboy behavior in 1955. Though she never married she loved those who walked in her life. As with most people she suffered pain when a relationship ended or if she realized she had been used by those she trusted. My sister’s voice and her wonderful laugh were well known by many. Her angry voice (HEY!) was known by friends, neighbors and the dogs.

When it came to her niece and nephew she was “SISSY!” They loved her and she adored them. Many aunts may have been as good as Sissy, but few were better. Ironically, toward the end of her life she lost her will to live. Her job was gone, many of her friends (the Kids) were gone and she was, for the first time, lonely. This is often the curse of a giver — when there is no one left in need, one questions their reason for living. Mary Ellen had a good life overall. Now she is free of pain and at peace.

MEK was predeceased by her mother, Maggie, and her father, Al. She leaves behind her sister Joyce Pilling (husband, David); her niece Jen King (son Emrys); her former nephew-in-law Phil Phelps (daughter Kylara Irilyn) of Ellsworth; and her nephew Chad King (wife, Sarah Crossman, and their children Finnley James and Lorelei Angeline) of Vinalhaven. She also leaves a dear friend and business partner, Carolyn Hamm of  Lamoine.

There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Bar Harbor at 1 p.m., if COVID-19 allows us to gather. Contributions in MEK’s name may be made to The Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622 or any small group in need.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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