Lois Corinne Mann, 97
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KITTERY POINT -- Corinne Mann, 97, the 'Day Lily Lady of Kittery Point,' passed peacefully on Jan. 25, 2013, at Sentry Hill in York, where she had resided for the past two years.
Corinne lived for 62 years in her beloved home on Pepperell Road in Kittery Point, 'Hard by the Sea.' From her kitchen window, she could look out over her extraordinary gardens and beyond to the historic Whaleback Lighthouse and the endless expanse of the sea.
'Auntie 'Crin,' as she was affectionately known to her many nieces and nephews, was born on Jan. 20, 1916, in Nova Scotia, the daughter of John and Leta (Innis) Leavitt. Corinne grew up in Raymond. She attended the one-room Raymond Elementary before graduating from Deering High school. In 1936 Corinne married Daniel Richmond Mann, 'Rich,' and together moved to 67 Pepperell Road in '48.
Corinne's lifetime accomplishments in horticulture are extensive. She was President of the Kittery Garden Club (subsequently the Harbourside Garden Club) from 1954-1956, 1958-1959 and 1969-1971. Corinne was President of the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM) from 1961-'63. For many decades she initiated and oversaw numerous local, county, state, and regional projects. An appointee by Governor Reed to the Keep Maine Scenic Committee, Corinne was instrumental in eliminating billboard advertising along the turnpike. 'Operation Pink Cloud,' which Corinne chaired, planted flowering crab trees throughout Kittery and won a national award for the Harbourside Garden Club of York. She was appointed by Governor Curtis to the Critical Areas Advisory Committee.
Corinne was the subject of articles in the Maine Sunday Telegram for Operation Pink Cloud, and Who's Who of American Women 1964-'65. Corinne was the founder of the Kittery Art Association, authored a book, 'Mosses: The Flowerless Ones' and was a Master Judge for flower shows.
In the 1970s Corinne was a member of the Landscape Design Critics Council of Maine and Massachusetts. Under her guidance and encouragement the
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council in Maine launched a state wide evaluation of private landscapes worthy of recognition. She and her good friend Reba Sloan started the GFMC Landscape Design School and were responsible for Joseph Hudak, Landscape Architect Vice-President of the Olmstead Associates, Inc. office in Brookline, Mass., coming to Maine for many lectures, classes and design projects.
Through her dedication to the cultivation of Daylilies (Hemerocallis), over 100 varieties flourished in her gardens. This expert knowledge qualified her as a senior judge of the American Hemerocallis Society. 'DownEast Magazine' dubbed Corinne the 'Daylily lady of Kittery Point.' In honor of her love of the hemerocallis, there are two lilies named for her and her husband, the 'Corinne Mann' and the 'Daniel Mann.' These lilies were developed by the highly regarded hybridizer, Ron Valente, a fellow Maine resident.
For several decades, Corinne studied Ikenobo/Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement); even traveling to Japan to study and has earned her certification as instructor 3rd grade or Junkakys. She continued to attended Ikebana classes through last year's season, May - October. Just three months later, Corinne celebrated her 97th birthday on Jan. 20, 2013.
Best said by a friend: 'Corinne was forever an Instructor, advocate, leader, and friend to anyone interested in gardening or working with plant material. Her circle of friends were inspired by her many talents. The respect for her horticultural knowledge was shared throughout New England. Horticultural research and growing challenges were both, and always, of interest to Corinne.'
She was predeceased by her husband, 'Rich;' a sister, Ethel Haskell of Northeast Harbor; and a niece, Beth Haskell. She is survived by a sister, Jean Innis Jordan of Westbrook; nieces, Deb Richio and Diana Cowperthwaite, nephews, Ben and John Haskell; 11 grandnieces and nephews; and 15 great-grandnieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial celebration in the spring.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 31, 2013