It is with great joy that we celebrate the life of Mary “Casey” Catherine Thompson Ambrose, who died Aug. 18, 2010.

She is survived by her husband, John H Ambrose; a sister, Ann Darling; five children, Michael J. Ambrose, John W. Ambrose, Mary Ann Ambrose-Ordelt, Anne Robinson Ambrose and Thomas Ordelt,; and five grandchildren,Emily Ann Ambrose, Nettie Clarice Ambrose, Rory Michael Ambrose, Fiona Kathleen Ordelt and Ryan Thomas Ordelt.

A registered nurse for more than 50 years, Mary touched the lives of thousands of patients and their families. A diploma graduate of the Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, her professional roles included RN coordinator in the development of the first Intensive Care Unit at Lynn Hospital, nurse educator, intravenous therapist, esteemed psychiatric nurse, enterostomal therapist, skin and wound care consultant, hypnotherapist and owner of Seagull Enterprises Ltd.

Our Ma believed that you give your children two things, first, roots and second, wings. Thanks Ma for the love and support you gave us as you taught us to fly!

Love, Shmee, Willoughby and Binker

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saint Francis Church, Belfast Aug. 23.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Mary Ambrose Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nursing, P.O. Box 312, Searsport, ME 04974.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.