Doris Christine McMahon
ROCKLAND — Doris Christine McMahon, 86, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, following a brief illness. Born in Rockland on Nov. 20, 1925, Christine was the daughter of Edgar L. and Frances V. Burton Newhall. Educated in Rockland schools, Chris was a 1944 graduate of Rockland High School.
During the years immediately following high school, Chris worked at Sealtest Ice Cream in Rockland. Encouraged by her friend Ruth McMahon, Chris began corresponding with Ruth’s brother, Doug, while he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. When Doug returned from the service they often met on Main Street as Chris walked home from work. After a short courtship, Chris and Doug were married in Rockland on Sept. 14, 1947.
A devoted mother, homemaker and wife, Chris was involved in her children’s lives and activities while they were growing up. She created a warm and welcoming home. Her kitchen was often filled with the smell of fresh-baked cookies which drew in friends and neighbors for coffee and treats. The family kitchen was always a lively hub and the center of the home for her family. While raising her children, Chris also helped out in the office of the family business, C.F. McMahon and Son, Oil, Heating & Cooling.
After retiring, Chris and Doug enjoyed gardening and maintaining their lovely home. They made several trips including various cruises and sailing charters to Alaska and the Caribbean, trips to Europe, and numerous road trips throughout the United States. For more than 15 years, they enjoyed wintering on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Over the years, Chris maintained a large circle of friends. She was a longtime member of the Rockland Congregational Church and an active participant in the former Odds-N-Ends Club. For many years Chris and Doug were active members of the Rockland Yacht Club. They enjoyed cruising the Maine Coast on their Bristol 29 with a close-knit group of friends. Their small fleet was appropriately named The Fog Runners. Additionally Chris continued to enjoy regular gatherings with her classmates from the class of ‘44. As recently as last week, the group enjoyed a reunion luncheon hosted by Bartlett Woods.
Chris moved from her beloved Waldo Avenue home to Bartlett Woods in Rockland on Memorial Day weekend 2007. As a resident at Bartlett Woods, she made many new friends and reconnected with several of her longtime friends as they moved to the facility. Chris embraced the family and community of Bartlett Woods, enjoying the activities and the social living experience.
Chris was predeceased by her husband, Doug, of 55 years in 2003; her brother, Roger Newhall; and a stepsister, Anna Warmington. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy M. Wing and her husband, Michael, of Yarmouth; two sons, Charles E. “Mac” McMahon and his wife, Janet, of Rockland, Michael E. McMahon and his wife, Patricia, of Rockport; seven grandchildren, Jeanne Flanders and her husband, Michael, Katie Woods and her husband, Matthew, Sarah Seavey and her husband, Christopher, Nicholas McMahon and his fiancée Michele Demko, Jessica McMahon, Ian Wing, and Emily Wing; two great-grandchildren, Camille and Aiden Woods; two stepsisters, Elaine Hubbell of Camden and Lois Doherty of Massachusetts; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Newhall of Rockland and Ruth McMahon Knapp of Farmington; two nieces, Mary Newhall Boss and her husband, Richard, of Hopkinton, N.H., and Susan Knapp Taylor and her husband, Paul, of Brunswick; and one nephew, Gerald Newhall and his wife, Claudette, of Braintree, Mass.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland. The Rev. Seth D. Jones will officiate. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Camden.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Abiding Memorial Fund, c/o Rockland Congregational Church, P.O. Box 554, Rockland, ME 04841; or the Bob Gagnon Cancer Care Fund, c/o Pen Bay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or story with Chris’s family, please visit her online guest book at www.bchfh.com.