On, Saturday, May 6, 2023, Mary E. (Beagan) Mackin, passed from this life to her eternal home with Jesus, while living with Alzheimer's for over six years at Orono Commons Nursing Facility, Orono, ME. She was born in Bucksport January 17, 1935, the middie child and daughter of Michael E, and Lucille E. (Lydick) Beagan. Raised in Bucksport and Millinocket, Mary graduated from Stearns High School in 1953 and following graduation, she married her love, John E. Mackin Sr. She devoted and enjoyed these early days to being a wife, mother and homemaker. Keeping a tidy home and utilizing her cooking skills was important to her throughout her life
At a young age, she learned the value of hard work and carried this ethic throughout her life as was displayed in her many gifts and talents. As mom and nana, she loved her children and was especially devoted to her grandchildren during her younger years when she was able to bless them with her many exceptional abilities. Her creative gifts and talents equipped Mary to bless her family and many others beyond. She was rightly and lovingly nicknamed "Ralph* (Green Acres) by her sons and nephews. The name stayed with her always and there was nothing her gifted abilities could not master. She loved and was amazing in the areas of cooking, sewing, knitting, crochet, painting. carpenter work, party planner, gardening. Many were on the receiving end of quilts, sweaters, hats & mittens, school clothes, prom gowns, birthday cakes, cookies, wallpapering & painting, flooring. picture taking & scrapbooking. She was a true giver of her talent and time
Mary was a talented dancer taking lessons at a young age and participating in recitals while growing up. She made dancing fun and was fun to watch and it was that way through her entire life. She especially enjoyed dancing with her brother Mike and her brother-law and classmate Vaughn
Mary worked in the hospitality business much of her life. Along with her husband they owned and operated two restaurants and a take-out; her favorite being the Brew and Beef. She later worked at Great Northern Paper Company for several years being one of the first women in that workforce. She was exceptionally proud of the cottage and home she built with her husband where she enjoyed holding family gatherings. She and her husband lived many winter months In Florida where they were active in the Catholic Church of Port Orange.
She was predeceased in 2017 by her husband of 64 years John E. Mackin, Sr., her parents Michael and Lucille Beagan, her sister Patricia (Beagan) McVey and husband John, Jr., father and mother in-law Clarence and Lillian Mackin; sister-in-law Marilyn Teshie and her husband Beniamin Terrio: brothers-in-law Clarence Slim Mackin and his wife Gail; Carroll Mackin;Vaughn Mackin; George Buster Martin.
She is survived by her three sons, Son John E. Mackin, Jr., grandson John E. Mackin I, great granddaughter Haidyn; Son James (Jim) Mackin and his wife Sue, granddaughter Amanda and her partner Aaron, great granddaughter Abigail, grandson Raun, step granddaughters Sarah and her husband Shannon Wood, Sally and her husband Matt Bulavko and their daughters Stella and Sadie, Shannon Hayley Johnston; Son Jody and his wife Cheri, grandson Josey. great grandson Jayce; grandson Joshua, great daughters Brooklyn and Ari; granddaughter Ashley Bouchard.
Carla Bouchard who watched over her lovingly for many years. Her brother Michael Beagan and his wife Carol. Sisters-in-law Geraldine Martin, Mary Lou Corriveau and her husband Rodney, and Donna Cogswell. Stephen B. Martin, her 4™ son as she called him; and her thoughtful, loving and supportive niece, Jayne L. Potvin;
Mary was a communicant of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church where she gave of her time to The Harvest Tea, The Thrift Store.
The family wishes to sincerely thank The Homestead Unit and Gina at Orono Commons for the tender care of their mother.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at Alz.org
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby Street, Millinocket, with the Rev. Dominic Savio, pastor, president. Met and John will be interred together at the Millinocket Cemetery after the funeral Mass for Mary. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Mary's Book of Memories at lamsonfh.com.