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Joanne Dennis
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Portland- Joanne (McCarthy) Dennis, 85, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland Foreside.

Born in Portland on Flag Day, June 14, 1932, Joanne was the daughter of the late Richard and Virginia (Lappin) McCarthy. Joanne was raised in Portland where she was proud to have served as Mayor for a day in the 8th grade. She graduated from the Cathedral High School Class of 1950. Following high school, Joanne went to nursing school at Mercy Hospital where she later worked in the operating room.

Joanne married Philip H. Dennis on February 22, 1954 in St. Joseph’s Church on Stevens Avenue. Together, they raised 3 children on Richland Street in South Portland until they moved to New York in 1963. Following Phippy’s retirement in 1984, the family moved back to Portland. After sharing 50 years of marriage, Philip predeceased her on February 29, 2004.

Throughout her life, Joanne enjoyed spending summers at the family camp on Little Sebago. Some of her favorite memories were Sundays when the entire family would join them for barbeques. She enjoyed having her family close to her and loved the time she shared with them. She was a die-hard Celtics fan, Pats fan and Red Sox fan, despite the majority of her family being Yankees fans.

Her Irish heritage brought out an undeniable wit along with a friendly but competitive personality. She enjoyed reading, counted cross stitch, crossword puzzles, cryptoquip, dancing, darts, bowling, pull tabs, playing cards and the occasional glass of wine.

After becoming affected by dementia in 2015, Joanne moved to Ledgeview Assisted Living where she loved playing bingo so much that she would often refusing going out to lunch for bingo.
In her last few months, Joanne was fortunate enough to enjoy her 85th birthday at the Portland Eagles surrounded by relatives and friends. There, she was able to visit with family that she hadn’t seen for a long time, caught up with her friends, and was even able to say her goodbyes while enjoying a Bloody Mary. Her family will be forever grateful that she was able to enjoy this special day.

In addition to her husband and parents, Joanne was predeceased by her son, William Dennis in 2007 and brother, Rev. Richard McCarthy.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Dennis and husband Blaine Thompson of Windham and Margaret Wilson and husband George of Windham; grandchildren, Kristen, Nicholas, Shannon, Brian and Thomas; 1 great-grandchild; brothers, David McCarthy and wife Vivian of Cumberland and Jackie McCarthy and wife Joan of Cumberland.

Celebration of Joanne’s life will be held on Sunday, July 9 from 2-5PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland, followed by a Prayer Service at 5PM. Private interment will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061 or Ledgeview Assisted Living, c/o Activities Director, 92 US Route 1, Cumberland Foreside, Maine 04110

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - Portland Chapel

172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - Portland Chapel

172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101


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