Mary Cousins

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STONINGTON – ┬áMary Sybil (Wallace) Cousins, 108, of Stonington, Maine, died January 28,2017 at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle. She was born in Stonington, September 20, 1908 to John and Florence (Candage) Wallace.

In 1926 she graduated from Stonington H.S. and then attended Gorham Normal School and received her teacher’s certificate. She worked for the telephone company for over 10 years, eventually becoming office manager.

In 1933 she became the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio License. Her call sign was WIGSC (one good sweet child). She also took art lessons.

On November 30, 1936 she married Charles Lawrence (Lump) Cousins. Mary was secretary/ treasurer for Cousins & Small Garage, which later became C.L.Cousins & Son.

She loved to sew, and made uniforms for the Stonington and the Deer Isle cheerleaders. Mary drove the kindergarten children to and from school in her station wagon, and transported people back and forth from the Bangor Airport.

She also loved to read, so it was natural for her to go to work at the Stonington Library, where she worked for over 30 years. Retiring at age 90.

In 2012, at age 104, she received the Stonington Boston Post cane as it’s oldest living resident.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, Restoration Branch, in Sunset. She was also a member of Harborview Chapter #136 O.E.S. of Deer Isle.

She is survived by her son John Cousins Sr. of Newcastle. Son-in-law Archie Pickering of Deer Isle. Grandchildren Charles Pickering of Deer Isle, Steven and wife Betty (Sylvester) Pickering of Blue Hill, David Pickering of Stoneham, Jane Austin and husband Jack Steinman of Cedar Grove, NJ, Mark Austin of Palm Springs, CA, John Cousins Jr of Blue Hill, Michael Cousins of Eglin A.F.B. Fla and wife Stacie (Grindle) Cousins of Sedgwick, Susan (Cousins) Reiland and husband Jason of Savanna Il, Matthew Cousins and wife Ronda (Reiland) of Montgomery,Il. 16 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, husband Lawrence, daughters Anita (Cousins) Pickering, Judith (Cousins) Austin Flaherty, sisters Marguerite (Wallace) Powers, Louise (Wallace) Webb and brother John Wallace Jr.

A celebration of her life will be held on the island in late spring.

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One Response to Mary Cousins

  1. Bill and Jenny Chamberlin says:

    Forty years ago, we were brand new summer residents of Isle au Haut. It was recommended we ask Mary if we could park in her lot. Her gracious warmth immediately made us feel completely welcomed. And for many years after that we looked forward to seeing her each time we came and went from the island. And then we were greeted with the same warmth in the Library. She was a lovely woman. Her’s was a life very well lived.

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