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Mae E. Malia
PORTLAND -- Mae E. Malia passed away peacefully at home on Christmas morning with her family by her side.
Mae was born on May 22, 1923, in Portland, the daughter of Frieda (Babbage) and Archie Gerry. She graduated from Portland High School as a Brown Medal recipient in the class of 1941. She married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Malia, in April of 1942, and together they had five children.
She was a devoted homemaker even while working at Burnham & Morrill, Porteous, the Jewish Home for the Aged, and Maine Medical Center. She belonged to the Cathedral Parish where she was a member of the Mother's Club while her children attended the school.
Mae enjoyed many vacations in the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, Las Vegas and Florida, but her favorite spot of all was Hawaii.
Mae was predeceased by her husband Joe, the love of her life; her mother and father; her step-father, George Carroll; a brother, Leon Gerry; in-laws, Charles and Catherine Malia; sister-in-law, Alice Hewson, brothers-in-law, Ralph and Charles Malia; a grandson, Joseph T. Malia the third; and by her beloved Siamese cat, Taco. She is survived by her brother, Richard Carroll and his wife Carlene of Crystal River, Fla.; her children, Judi, Cindy Vacca, Joseph and wife Susan, all of Portland, James and wife Terry of Lewiston, Cheryl and husband Terry Doherty of Crystal River, Fla.; grandchildren, Debby and husband Jeff Nielsen, James Vacca, Wendy DeCicco and husband Philip, Melanie and fiance Scott Grant of Yarmouth, Ann and husband Jeff Buescher of Panama City, Fla., Joseph P. and wife Aprill of Portland, James and wife Brandy of Gorham, Kelli and fiance Michael Brunell of Gorham, Mary Fraser and Justin of Casco, Jessica, Christopher and Michelle of Lewiston and Ryan Doherty of Crystal River, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Kevin, Alyssa, Joseph and Laura Nielsen of Portland, Joseph M., Catherine, Natasha and Greta, all of Portland, Anika of Gorham, Michael Dale and Lucas Brunell of Gorham, and Riley and JJ of Casco; sisters-in-law, Margaret and Patricia Malia of Casco; and several nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to express a special thanks to hospice nurses, especially Lisa Barrage, Jamie and Barbara for all their care and support, Dr. Baum and his staff, and her long time physician, Dr. Greco, his wife Rose, and nurse Paula, as well as her wonderful neighbors, Marty and Joan Macisso and family.
Visiting hours will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 190 Cumberland Ave., Portland. Interment to follow at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book, and share memories, go to the obituary page at
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to:
VNA Home Health & Hospice
50 Foden Rd.
South Portland, Maine 04106
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2010
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"Wendy & Philip, So sorry for you loss. Bless you and your family. Dawn"
- Dawn Drown
"Debby, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Heidi and Morgan"
"Joe, sorry for the loss of your mom.My prayers are with you and your family. Cheryl Dumont"
"I Love You my Momma!! I miss you like crazy! Thank you for everything!! You are now my Angel in..."
- Cheryl Doherty
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