Mary Eloisa Serfes-Turton, 35: Loved life and her family

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PORTLAND — Mary Eloisa Serfes-Turton, 35, of South Portland and Bangor, died April 5 at Maine Medical Center, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. Serfes-Turton was born Dec. 20, 1977, the daughter of Bertel and Carmen Serfes. She grew up in Portland and attended Portland schools.

Serfes-Turton was just recently married on Dec. 12 to Joseph Turton. She enjoyed life, going out to eat and being with her friends, along with the occasional shopping trips; but the most important part of her life was her family, especially her daughter Selena, the center of her world.

Due to her health issues, the doctors said that she would only live until she was 30. But because of her faith in God and her strong will to live, she had an additional five years to experience what life had to offer. Throughout her life, she was always close to God and was not afraid of death, recently telling her mother that she was looking forward to the time when she would be able to see him.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Lilly, and her grandparents, Eloisa Donato, Fidel Robles, and Mary and Louis Serfes. She was also predeceased by her uncle, Benjamin Donato.

She is survived by her daughter, Selena Serfes; her parents, Bertel and Carmen Serfes, of South Portland; her sister, Miriam Serfes, of South Portland; and her brother, Bertel Serfes Jr., of Windham. She is survived by her aunts, Elida Leter and Lucy Bulter, her nephews, Chris Serfes, Jamie Serfes and Twine Serfes; and her nieces, Samtha Serfes, Dorci Serfes, Amine Serfes, Marison Serfes, Marcy Serfes and Catherine Serfes. She is also survived by her cousins, Aida Littlejohn, Neneva Humphreys, Cindy Perry, Brenda Butler and Ronnie Prouth.

A celebration of her life was held Friday at the Vineyard Church of Greater Portland in Westbrook.

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