WESTBROOK- Mary Patricia Drown, 82, made her peaceful transition on February 21, 2021 at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook, Maine, her loving home for the last 3 years. Known as Mary Pat or Pat, she was born in Westbrook, ME on October 3, 1938 and grew up in the greater Portland area.
“Pat” was loved by many, from her family and friends in Maine and Vermont to the staff and residents of Avita. She was always ready with a hug and a kiss for those who needed it - and took more than a few for herself. She was a loving wife and mother who contributed to her community, no matter where she was living. She often raised her girls as a single parent while her husband, Rodney, a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, was stationed at sea.
An active community and church member throughout her life, Pat was also a Girl Scout leader, taught Sunday School, and was the long-time volunteer treasurer for both her church and the local library. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips with her sister, Sally.
Adopted as an infant, it was not until her 40s that Pat began to search for her biological family - and her birth story. Her persistence led her to meet her three full siblings (Sally, Dennis, & Rodney) and two half siblings (Delia & Betty). Her youngest sister, Sally Groupp, and her family (Joshua, Alliea, & Nathan) became an ongoing and treasured presence in Pat’s life for the rest of her years.
Pat was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Rodney Drown. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Drown Trout, and son-in-law, Chris Trout of South Portland, Maine; her daughter, Debra Drown Lorusso and son-in-law, Steve Lorusso of North Clarendon, Vermont; her granddaughter, Zoe Trout of Portland, Maine, and her grandson, Alex Trout and his fiancé, Nancy Varin of Portland, Maine; and by her sister, Sally Groupp of South Portland, Maine.
During the final three years of her life, Pat was deeply loved and cared for by the remarkable family of staff at Avita of Stroudwater. The genuine love and patience they extended to Pat every day made her life rich and joyful. During the last year, when the pandemic meant her family could not physically visit they way they had, the staff provided Pat with extra love, attention, and affection she needed.
A virtual Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 am EST. All are welcome. If you would like to join us in sharing memories and stories about Pat’s life, please email Chris Trout @ firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send a private link to join via Zoom.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Mary Patricia Drown Memorial Fund for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at http://giftfunds.stjude.org/patdrown.
Private arrangements have been entrusted to Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, Buxton, www.mainefuneral.com