Mary S.M. Racine, 93

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BRUNSWICK — Mary Selfride Morin Racine, 93, formerly of Brunswick and of Bath, died April 17 at Freeport Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a resident for the past year.

She was born in Brunswick on Aug. 30, 1921, the youngest daughter of Henri and Selfride (Poitras) Morin. Also known as “Lily,” she attended St. John’s School in Brunswick.

At 12, she started her first job, working as a cook in her mother’s boarding house. She also worked with her mother as a seamstress and tailor’s assistant. Over the years, Mary went on to work for Cabot­-Varney Mill, the Brunswick Mill Outlet, Morin’s Market and the Jay Brush Corp. She also worked as a cook for the Brunswick School Department for 18 years, retiring in 1984.

She married Gerard Romeo Racine on Nov. 30, 1939, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick. They were married for 65 years before Gerard died on May 22, 2004.

In Brunswick, Mary volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader, a Brownie assistant leader and a Cub Scout den mother. She also served as president of St. John’s Guild and vice president of the Union Street School Parent-Teacher Association. 

Racine was a member of the Daughters of Isabella for 75 years, joining at age 16. She served in several offices of the organization, and served on many committees of the Father Remy Circle. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Circle Degree Team, served as president of the Father William Dauphin Fourth-Degree Wives Assembly, and was voted the local Knights of Columbus Wife of the Year in 1973. She also sang with the Ladies of St. Anne Choir.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially with Maine Line Bus Tours. She also bowled for many years with several league teams, and served on the board of directors of the Brunswick Evergreen Club.

Racine frequently volunteered at the Knights of Columbus Beano Canteen, where her whoopie pies, chocolate fudge and apple pies were always in big demand. A talented cook, her pies won awards at the Topsham Fair. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, embroidery and wool-rug braiding. 

Besides her husband, Racine was predeceased by her daughter, Marie Anne Favreau, on Nov. 30, 2009.

Racine is survived by her son, Gerard Prudent Racine, of Auburn; her daughter, Agnes G. Parker, and husband, Harold F. Parker Jr., of Bath, with whom she resided for 22 years; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brunswick Area Respite Care, 41­4 Greenwood Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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