SEARSPORT — Madeline Hazel McAvey, born March 11, 1931, died Jan. 9, 2022. She was a devoted wife, mother, proud grandmother and great-grandmother lovingly called Nanny.

Madeline was lovingly raised by her grandparents on their family farm in Searsport and attended local schools. She worked in different areas of health care throughout her life, including Bradbury Nursing home in Belfast in the 1960s and later in hom ecare, caring for the elderly and children, before retiring. For many years, Madeline worked side-by-side with her husband and children raising chickens for Penobscot Poultry.

She and her husband moved to Brooks to have their own farm. It was there that Nanny and Grampy shared many wonderful memories with their grandchildren. Family was very important to her, especially celebrating the holidays where so many family memories were made and will be remembered by all.

In addition to her grandparents, Madeline was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, John McAvey Sr., one son, Douglas McAvey, and a cousin, Ruth Engstrom.

Madeline is survived by her children, John McAvey Jr. and wife Kathryn of Brooks, Geneva McAvey and partner Bill Doucette of Swanville, and Linda Harvey and husband Keith of Palmyra; grandchildren John McAvey III and Jennifer, Trevor McAvey, Heidi Doughty and Darren, Lori McKenny and Tom, Diane Gosselin and Fern, Karen Beal and Bob, Jason Beal and Chelsea, Keith Harvey and fiancée Katie Hartland, Kyle Harvey and fiancée Bridget Tray, Maria Raven and Jesse; great-grandchildren Jack, Emersyn, Quinn, Damien, Kelsea, Destinee, Hannah, Patrick, Chase, Mia, Aiden, Kesryn, Jocelyn, Evaline, Kendall, Kylee, Elley and Jesse. Madeline also leaves behind many friends, Donna Howard, Peggy Welder, Tom Gaffney, Lucielle Dyer, Heidi Howie, Donna Koninski, Don Nickerson, Dunbar Seamons, Connie Rubino, Faustina and Erving Merry, and cousin Barbara Lavoie.

A graveside service will take place June 4 at Grove Cemetery in Belfast with Tom Gaffney officiating.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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