Mary J. Emerson, 42, died March 7, 2010, at a Belfast hospital.

She was born in Belfast April 9, 1967, the daughter of Harold Emerson Jr. and Gertrude (Tudesco) Emerson. She loved her children and enjoyed raising them and participating in their school events. It was said she “always had a book going,” as she loved to read.

She was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude, in 2005.

She is survived by her father, Harold Emerson Jr. of Knox; two sons, Paul and his wife, Carol Emerson, of Searsport, and Nicholas Knight of Thorndike; a brother, Anthony, and his wife, Dorrit Emerson, of Knox; three sisters, Karen Bridges of New Hampshire, Phyllis and Mark Styspeck and Jennifer and Robert Piersiak, all of Massachusetts; and seven nieces and nephews.

Memorial graveside services will be announced at a later date. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Waldo County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 407, Belfast, ME 04915. Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave. Belfast.