Mary Ann Conners

PORTLAND — Mary Ann Conners, 85, a longtime resident of Higgins Beach, Scarborough, died Friday, April 15, 2022, at Fallbrook Woods in Portland. Mary Ann was born September 17, 1936, in Chicago, Ill to Howard E. and Pearl A. Groth, and moved to Monona, Wisconsin as a child. A graduate of Edgewood High School in Madison, Wisconsin, Mary Ann fell in love with Jack, the boy next door. Mary Ann and Jack were married in Monona, Wisconsin on September 3, 1955 and had five beautiful children. During her lifetime, Mary Ann has lived in many places but found her heart’s desire at Higgins Beach in Scarborough. She has made housekeeping and caring for her family an art. She was a voracious reader and a regular at the Scarborough Public Library. Mary Ann has always felt a personal sense of social responsibility. Her love of children led her to become actively involved in the Infant Welfare League of Chicago, Maine Right to Life, Christian education activities and the Columbiettes.Mary Ann is survived by her husband and best friend, John J “Jack” Conners Jr., over 66; Patricia (Doug) Kersten of Monona, Wisconsin, John (Kris) Conners III of Madison, Wisconsin, daughter-in-law Melissa Conners of Vernon Hills, Illinois, Elisabeth (Gino) Malaspina of Scarborough and David (Joan) Conners of Mechanicsville, Va. Mary Ann adored her grandchildren Caitlin, Joey, Jordan, Michael, Samuel, Justin, Briesa, Kyra and Lauren; as well as her great-grandchildren Kaydence, Violet and Piper.Mary Ann was predeceased by her brother, Thomas (2020); and his son, Christopher (March 28, 2022). Funeral arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home in Portland. Mass will be celebrated at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough on Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Mary Ann’s family is incredibly grateful for the loving care she received at Fallbrook Woods, where she was a resident for three and a half years, and the staff at Compassus Hospice Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Mary Ann may be made to the Scarborough Public Library.

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