Mary W. (Smith) Macminn

Portland, ME.  Mary Smith Woodman MacMinn, 95, died August 27, 2017 at Cedars nursing facility.  

Mary was born on August 27, 1922 in West Buxton, ME.  She was the daughter of Fred and Abby Smith. Mary attended local schools and was graduated from Buxton High School. She was employed at Owen Moore department store in Portland as a fashion designer and sales coordinator. Mary moved to New York City and was employed at Munsingwear Hosiery Co. as Vice President of Sales.  

She enjoyed arts and crafts. One of her hobbies was interior decorating.  Her later years were spent at her home at Higgins Beach in the summer and Florida in the winter.  

She was preceded by her first husband, Sumner Woodman of Bar Mills, and her baby daughter Susan, as well as her parents, sisters, Helen Dean, Louise Leavitt, Sarah Smith Huff Johnson, and brother Philip Smith. 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  

As per her request, Mary will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered near her childhood home in Buxton and the family plot in Hollis.  

There will be no services.


0 #1 Susan Gage Knedler 2017-09-30 11:52
Mary married my husband's uncle, Alexander MacMinn, in the late 40's. I first met Mary in the 70's when Rick (husband) was renting their summer home at Higgins Beach. For thirteen years when Mary came to Maine from New York City and Florida, she stayed with us in Standish while Higgins was rented and we became good friends. My first trip to New York City was with Mary - what a treat to see it through the eyes of someone who lived there for 38 years! She moved to NYC after WWII as a hosiery model and progressed from there to Blue River Handprints, an interior design company. She was active in the Fashion Industry until her retirement. She spoke often of her parents and her childhood on the family farm in Buxton. Of special interest were cats - carrying a pouch of Tender Vittles in her purse was considered normal!! In honor of her love of reading we plan to make a donation to the Buxton Library. I miss her and our afternoon conversations but know she is happy to finally be with Sandy.

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