Mary P. Guptill passed away in her home on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 in Nobleboro, ME. She was surrounded by her devoted, attentive and loving sons, her dedicated and faithful partner of 15 years, and family.
Mary was born on September 15th of 1947 in Waldoboro, ME. She had attended and graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1965. Her hard-working disposition was displayed by the many jobs she had acquired over the years, which included digging clams, being a stern woman, a line worker at Sylvania, and held many other titles all before becoming a committed bus driver.
Mary was very well known within the MSAD 40 community and the Nobleboro School District for her 40 plus years of driving the school bus. Although, many past and present students remember her as being strict, and being the scary bus driver, she was highly recommended by the athletic community for being their “Chariot” driver to away games. Many coaches had praised how timely, and safely, they had arrived to the destination. Parents of athletes expressed how comfortable, and the sigh of relief they had felt knowing their child was in her hands.
Although, formally known as Mary, she had other names that she was addressed by; Ma by her sons, Aunt Ma by her nieces, nephews, and many other close friends, Grammie by her grandchildren, and a personal favorite, and one that many knew her by in the MSAD 40 community, “Scary Mary.”
She was known as being one of the hardest working women anyone had come to encounter, but was also defined by her stubbornness, determination, diligence, thoroughness, and tough but oh so tender love. Many learned to quickly not question her, as her mind was always working and she always had a set plan.
Mary was passionate about dancing, playing cards, and adored the color red. Although, red was her favorite color, she loved the idea of many colors as she had expressed this by painting the rocks along her driveway. There was no pattern to these, and when asked why, she simply stated, “Because I like it, that’s why.”
Her most treasured time was spent with family; her siblings, sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She thoroughly enjoyed taking her grandchildren to see the movies to see the latest Pixar or Disney movie. She loved having big cookouts, gatherings, and anything that involved lots of laughter and a place where she could use the excuse to make a grand meal. These gatherings also included one of her favorite nights of the week, Wednesday evening as this was card night. She despised the idea of being stuck at home, which many can remember seeing her out on the road looking for the next adventure or task that needed to be accomplished.
Mary was predeceased by her mother, Phyllis M. Genthner; father, Leroy “Roy” W. Genthner; and son, John R. Guptill.
Mary is survived by her partner William “Bill” Lowden. Mary is survived by her son, Frank Guptill III and wife Dawn of Friendship, ME, their children Ashley, Jesse, Kayla, Chelsea, Jennifer, Taylor and Frank IV; son, Jim Guptill and wife Lori of Waldoboro, ME, their children Joseph and Lauren; grandson Wyatt Guptill, son of the late John R. Guptill, of Ashby, MA. Mary is also survived by all four of her siblings; brother Leroy “Jr.” Genthner and wife Mary of Friendship, ME, their children Kyle and John; brother Rodney Genthner and wife Joanne of Friendship, ME, their children Brooke and Rodney “Roddy” Jr; brother Philip Genthner and wife Melinda of Friendship, ME, their children Philip Jr. and Steven; sister Brenda and husband Kevin Prock of Waldoboro, ME, their children Anthony, Devin and Derek. Mary was a proud and loving great grandmother to 9 great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to a walk-through visitation for Mary on Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. at Hall’s of Waldoboro. Masks and social distancing are required. Because of COVID restrictions, the family will hold a private funeral service for Mary.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Mary Guptill at Shriners Hospital for Children (donate.lovetotherescue.org), or St. Jude’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).
Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements.