Girardina "Gerry" Greaney

Obituary
  • "Rest In Peace lovely lady"

PORTLAND - In loving memory of Gerry Greaney, who was born in 1927 in Portland, Maine.

Gerry passed away on Dec. 31, 2018, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the daughter of Charles and Ruth Myers Payne. A loving couple who raised their daughters to seek their full potential and explore all life had to offer.

Blessed with a magical childhood, she was raised in a multigenerational home on Munjoy Hill in Portland and spent her childhood summers on Long Island, Maine.

These days with her sister, cousins and friends were filled with oceanside frolic and would lead to a lifetime of close friendships and a love of the beach and spontaneous adventures.

Gerry's deep friends were her family and her family were her friends.

In the midst of World War II her family moved to Cape Elizabeth. Gerry was a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and Gorham State Teachers College. After graduation she began her teaching career and married Robert Greaney and had three children. She was a nurturing, kind, patient and dedicated mother who had interest and pride in the lives of her children. She continued this dedication when she became "Nanie" to three grandsons.

In the early 1970s she returned to the teaching career she loved when she became a single mother, a challenge she faced with courage and fortitude. She worked for the Portland Public schools for 25 years, it was not uncommon for her to be contacted by former students who would fondly remember her as one of their favorite and impactful mentors. Her value for meaningful education and lifelong learning deeply influenced us all.

Throughout her life, Gerry was an avid golfer, skier, gardener and bridge player. She traveled worldwide enjoying many cultures but there was no place like home in Maine. Nothing interfered with her beloved Red Sox, a good lobster or a day with friends in the sun!

Her social circles were robust. She thrived on gatherings of friends and family and was known for her loyalty, wit, contemporary thoughts, open mind and kind heart. Described by a dear friend as

"Young at heart, she never grew old ... Gerry was full of spunk, and fun till the end"

In addition to her years of service to teaching children, Gerry was dedicated to many community causes. Her greatest passion was her years of contribution as a volunteer and fund raiser for the Ronald McDonald house. Having lost a child to leukemia, she wanted others to have the comfort of Ronald McDonald to assist them during the care of their child. She was also dedicated to social change and worked for many campaigns, volunteering for the Maine Democratic party. As along as she was able she did not sit still, she was active in life, volunteering, and being with dear friends and family.

Gerry thrived on a robust discussion and was not shy about her opinions!! She encouraged her children and grandchildren to speak their minds, follow their passions and be themselves. She took great pride hearing about their adventures; she often would say "Tell me about your day. What did you learn today…did you have fun?" She supported her loved ones faithfully with kindness and love.

Gerry was predeceased by her son, Robbie Michael Greaney. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Cheryl Greaney (Maureen Keeley) and Marc Greaney (Jennifer Greaney); and her grandchildren, Matthew Houser, Reese Greaney and Brayden Greaney. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Catherine Weidhas and her husband, Albert Weidhas.

Fly high mom, you did it your way!!!! We will miss you deeply and thank you for your unconditional love and years of gentle guidance.

Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m., on Jan. 11, 2019, at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine. Prayers will be recited at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home at 10:15 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Immediately following prayers, A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, Maine. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery Yarmouth, Maine, in the spring.

Special thanks and much appreciation to The Hospice of Southern Maine and Dr. Daniel Merson for their exceptional kindness and care of our mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

The Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine

250 Brackett Street

Portland, ME 04102

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 6, 2019
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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