Mary Keene Brown



BAR HARBOR — Mary Keene Brown, 82, died Dec. 15, 2014, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. Mary was born June 8, 1932, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Henry Otis Keene and Addie S. Keene Paine.

Mary graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1950. Mary worked at the First National Bank of Bar Harbor until her first child was born and then she became a full-time homemaker. She returned to work, after her children were grown, at the family business H.A. Brown Furniture Co. Mary was in involved in many local organizations, including the YWCA of Bar Harbor, the Bar Harbor Historical Society, where she was a board member, the MDI Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Mary and Henry were the first couple married in the church after it was rebuilt. Mary spent time during the summer and fall at their cabin in Lamoine overlooking Eastern Bay, where she enjoyed gardening, watching the boats go by and especially enjoyed the fall foliage. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Henry W. Brown; her four children, Henry A. Brown and wife, Cheri, Stephen Brown and wife, Linda, all of Bar Harbor; Ellen Brown-Bucknell and husband, Ray, of Gorham, and Beth Murphy and husband, Kevin of, Lamoine; eight grandchildren, Taylor and Chase Brown, of Bar Harbor, and Jordan Brown who is stationed abroad in the Army; Shawn Murphy, of Lamoine, Nathan, Adam and Travis Bucknell, of Gorham and Vanessa Brown, of Winterport. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents; and her four sisters, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Barbara and Alice; and her five brothers, Oliver, Otis, William, Robert and Royal.

Graveside services will be held at the East Lamoine Cemetery in the spring. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to YWCA, Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor.

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