Mary Louise Downey Wood


Mary Louise Downey Wood passed away peacefully on April 25, 2018, at Seaport Village in Ellsworth at the age of 97. She was born on July 25, 1920, the daughter of Arthur and Mary Bowden Abram.

Louise was a graduate of Ellsworth High School in the Class of 1937. She was the owner of Mary Louise’s Beauty Shop for many years. She enjoyed her family, her many friends, traveling, dancing, swimming, playing bridge and golfing.

She was a past president of the St Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women, a former director of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, a tutor for Literary Volunteers of America, a charter member of the Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library and a 20 year volunteer at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Louise was married to John E. Downey for 53 years until he passed away in 1998. They had two sons, Michael and Stephen. Louise married Caswell Wood from Hermon in 2002 and they lived in Ellsworth and Zephyrhills, Fla., until Caswell’s death in March of 2017.

Louise is survived by her son Michael and his wife, Wendy, her grandchildren Shawn Downey of Portland, Scott Downey of Ellsworth, Patrick Downey, his girlfriend Fawn Veno and her daughter Finley Harmon of Ellsworth, Shannon Snurkowski, her husband, Steve, and great-grandson Aaron Snurkowski of Southwest Harbor. She is also survived by stepdaughters Cynthia Wood of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Kathleen Goodwin and her partner Dan Gowell of Bangor and step-granddaughter Kayla Mahar and her husband, Kyle, of Hermon. She will be fondly remembered by many, many nieces and nephews, especially Margaret Edgecomb. Louise was predeceased by her sister Janice, her brothers James and Frank Abram, her son Stephen Downey and his wife, Doreen Downey.

The family would like to thank Joanne Hicks and the entire staff at Seaport Village for the wonderful care and support that Louise received during her stay there.

Graveside services will be for immediate family only to be held at a later date.

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

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