Margaret Mary McAuliffe's Obituary appeared in this morning's paper. I noticed that she is being buried at the So. Otisfield Cemetery in Otisfield, ME. A cousin to my mother, Stella Scribner (1892-1983)married (1921, Casco, Maine) Florence Joseph McAuliffe(1868-1950, they are both buried in the so. Otisfield Cemetery in Otisfield. My mother's mother was also a Scribner.
Florence Joseph & Stella had one known daughter: Jean Frances (1935-1959).... she took her own life. I believe they also had at least one other child.
My question is, since they are all buried in the same cemetery, they must be relatives to Margaret Mary McAuliffe? I look forward to any information that one may have.
PORTLAND -- Margaret Mary McAuliffe, a longtime testing specialist for the Portland public schools, died July 19, 2007, at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland.
She was born in New York City, N.Y. in 1909, and moved to Otisfield as a young child. Following the death of her mother at age five, Margaret lived briefly with close relatives in Canada. She attended boarding school in Lewiston until her father remarried and she returned to Otisfield.
Margaret was a 1927 graduate of Cathedral High School. During her high school years, Margaret lived with several families and earned her room and board by taking care of the children and doing household chores, a practice not uncommon during that era.
In 1930 she graduated from Gorham Normal School (currently USM) earning a B.S. in Elementary Education. Subsequently she worked as an executive secretary, teacher, supervisor at Camp Songowood in Otisfield, and at the Cumberland County TB and Health Association.
In 1957, Margaret earned a Master's in Elementary Education at University of Maine. She began working for the Portland School Department as a Testing and Evaluation Specialist until her retirement in 1974.
Margaret found working with the children especially rewarding. She often came home from work with stories and anecdotes about the sweet or funny or touching things the kids had said or done that day.
She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and was exceptionally active in the Altrusa Club of Portland where her membership spanned 50 years. She was an emeritus member. Writing was one of her particular talents, and according to fellow Altrusa members, she was always called upon to write for club events, plays, publications and releases. Margaret served on numerous committees and was characterized as one of the most valuable members.
Her calendar was filled church committee meetings, concerts, art exhibitions, lectures, classes and visits with friends. She was seldom idle. She delighted in growing things. Quiet moments were spent knitting. She was an expert and was well known for lovely yet practical children's sweaters. Youth in her family and friends enjoyed the luxury of a new sweater or mittens appearing just in time to replace one outgrown. Travel was also a great passion and she took a number of trips to Europe and other distant lands.
Without question her family and her Christian faith were her top priorities. Margaret was a daily communicant at St. Patrick's Church for decades, was a regular Bible study member and served for many years as a Eucharistic Minister. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.
She was predeceased by her dear, beloved twin sister, Anna McAuliffe Sheridan; her sisters, Winnifred McAuliffe, Mary McAuliffe McKee, and Jean McAuliffe; and her brother, Cornelius McAuliffe.
Survivors include her nephew, John C. McKee of Portland; two nieces, Michele Allen of Scituate, Mass., and JoAnn McKee of Warminster, Pa.; grandnieces, Sara Tegtmeier, of Wilmington, Del., and Laura McKee of Portland; grandnephews, Joseph McKee of Portland, and Matthew Allen of Scituate, Mass.
Visiting hours will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland. Burial will follow at the South Otisfield Cemetery, South Otisfield. Online condolences may be sent to: www.ctcrawford.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret's name may be made to:
Gift Accounting Office, 1-CENREC
1 North College Street,
Northfield, Minnesota 55057.
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