2014-11-21 / Obituaries

Marian Keene

Marian A. Keene passed away on Nov. 10, 2014 surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on Aug. 27, 1952 where she grew up and attended Newton schools. She was the daughter of Verne and Virginia Porter. She attended Northeastern University in Boston where she graduated from Boston Bouve College with a BS in physical therapy.

It was at Northeastern that she met her eventual husband, Russell. They married in 1977 and decided to move to Kennebunk where they lived for 20 years before building their dream home and moving to Arundel.

Throughout Marian’s 25-year career as a physical therapist she worked in several local home health agencies in Southern Maine. She particularly enjoyed working with children and was a gifted physical therapist with a healing touch. She had a particular talent for neurological rehab. Helping people and service to her community and neighbors would be her legacy throughout her life.

Marian had a strong spirituality and faith in God that formed much of her approach to life and her relationships with people she met. She was open to sharing her faith and always encouraged people to pray more. Her strong faith and belief in prayer was a gift she gave and a bond she formed with many people.

Marian was a member of St. Martha’s Parish in Kennebunk and active with many volunteer activities, particularly with the youth.

Marian was an avid and talented skier despite starting later in life after moving to Maine. She made up for it quickly, becoming very skilled, eventually teaching at Sunday River. Eventually she blended her medical skills with her skiing, serving on the Sunday River Ski Patrol for sever- al years. She also volunteered for many years at Maine Handicapped Ski, blending her skiing with her skills at helping people overcome disabilities. She would later become a student here.

She was a dedicated gardener turning the yard of her new home into a group of flower beds to be envied. Most weekends Marian could be found somewhere in the yard tending her many flower beds, shrubs and trees.

She and her husband of 37 years raised two daughters, Allison and Valerie, and helped raise a granddaughter, Taylor. She was a devoted mother and tireless advocate for her children and grandchild. Her daughters and grandchild were a centerpiece of her life. Marian was very proud of the women her daughters became and had a very strong bond with her granddaughter.

She had a great love of the sun and beach from her early years at the family summer home in Swifts Beach, Wareham, Massachusetts, and many summer days would find Marian and the girls at Mother’s Beach or KBIA in Kennebunk.

Family was very important to her either with her immediate family in Maine, or her larger family from Boston to Florida. She will always be remembered as a great and inventive cook and host, and stories of her whoopie pies are legendary between her family and friends.

Marian is remembered and lovingly missed by her husband, Russell Keene; her daughters, Allison Lavallee and Valarie Keene, both of Biddeford; her granddaughter, Taylor McKay of Biddeford; her brothers, Joseph Porter of Waltham, Massachusetts, Kenneth Porter of Berlin, Massachusetts and Verne Porter of Natick, Massachusetts.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, Nov.14 at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha’s Church with Father Thomas Murphy. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, West Kennebunk.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (Formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing), 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261 or National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St., Suite 200 Newton, MA 02458.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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