WINSLOW — In the early hours of Aug. 5, 2021, Mary Ellen Twombly died at Maine General Medical Center, with her beloved nephew, Joshua, at her side.

Mary Ellen was born in Barnstable, Mass., to Ruth (Nadeau) and James L. Twombly July 16, 1942. After a few years in the Washington, D.C., area, Mary Ellen assumed her role as a “true Mainer” when the family returned to Monroe in 1951.

Throughout her life, Mary Ellen was a storyteller and adventurer who welcomed new experiences — both personally and professionally. These adventures started early on with the construction of a two-story treehouse and continued through her years at the University of Maine at Orono, where she focused on journalism covering campus news and a local strike in Old Town. This taste of union activity led to positions with the Maine AFL-CIO’s and International Machinist Union’s newspapers.

Mary Ellen’s concern for people then led to many years working for the state of Maine. The crowning adventure of her life, however, was the design and construction of her own cordwood house in Knox. This was accomplished with the support and assistance of her second family — the friends of Bill W.

In later years, Mary Ellen became active in the Knox Historic Society and was, with Clayton Larrabee, instrumental in the restoration of the East Knox School, currently located on Route 202 near the Mount View schools.

Declining health dictated Mary Ellen’s move to the Waterville area, where she continued to live independently, though greatly supported by sister Ann, cousin Mary, and dear, dear friends Peggy Sweet and Larry Horvath.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her parents, Ruth and James Twombly, as well as by precious aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her sister, Ann Twombly, and brother-in-law Thomas Wellman; much-loved cousin Mary McAleney; special nephew Joshua Twombly; niece Lisa Twombly; and four great-nieces and -nephews.

A committal service will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Old Monroe Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, other celebrations/remembrances of her life will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are with Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Augusta, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website,

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