Mary Beth McCormack, 52

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HARPSWELL — Mary Beth McCormack 52, died Dec. 29 at home with family at her side after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Manhattan, N.Y. on May 9, 1957, and raised by Michael and Dorothy Dowd Cuskelly.

After attending Saint Bernard’s School in Levittown, N.Y., she moved to Maine and attended Brewer High School, graduating in 1973.

She graduated from the University of Maine in Farmington with a degree in speech therapy and elementary education.

On June 27, 1981, she married David L. McCormack in Brewer and moved to Harpswell.

She worked as a speech therapist and teacher in the Holden and Lisbon schools.

In her spare time, she wrote fiction and poetry and had a poem, “Sneaker Sale,” published online by Woman’s Day magazine.

She also enjoyed singing in the Royal River Chorus.

In 1984 she founded the local chapter of Mothers of Twins. In 2004 she and her brother Michael were reunited with their biological mother, Dolores Metchick of Schenectady, N.Y., and thereafter maintained a relationship with her.

She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Dorothy Cuskelly, and an aunt Lillian “Bunny” Dowd.

Surviving are her husband of 28 years, David L. McCormack; two daughters, Erin M. McCormack of Brunswick, and Kaitlyn T. McCormack of Harpswell, and a son, Jonathan P. McCormack of Brunswick; her biological mother, Dolores Metchick and her husband David of Schenectady, N.Y.; two brothers, her twin, Michael Scott Cuskelly and his wife Mary of Bucksport, and John Cuskelly and his wife Carie of Brewer; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086, or to the Independence Association, Inc., 17 Lincoln St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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