Mary L. Finnigan

Mary L. Finnigan

August 20th, 1944 September 25th, 2020

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Obituary for Mary L. Finnigan

Mary L. “Mickie” Finnigan
August 20, 1944 – September 25, 2020
Mary Louise Finnigan of Arlington passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2020.
Cherished first born child of James I. and Mary D. Finnigan of Bangor, Maine, "Mickie” was named after her mother Mary, but she was always known by the nick name her dad gave her in the love letters he wrote to her pregnant mother while he was serving overseas in the Navy during WWII.
Mickie was a graduate of the Bangor High School Class of 1961. She remained close to her best friends from those years. After graduation she went on to pursue her nursing degree at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Lewiston, ME, and then graduating from Holy Ghost School of Nursing, where she made many life-long friends.
Mickie was a compassionate and dedicated professional who demanded much of herself in work and in life. She would do everything possible to deliver the highest care to the people who were fortunate enough to be entrusted to her care.
Mickie had an interest in everything and enjoyed traveling with friends across America, Europe, and the Canadian Maritimes. But her most favorite place on earth was Acadia National Park and being atop Cadillac Mountain to gaze at the vistas, and visiting Thunder Hole to hear the roar of the ocean and delight in sometimes getting hit with the cold splash of the waves!
Mickie’s career as a nurse was cut short when she underwent emergency surgery that resulted in nerve damage in her arm which made it impossible for her to perform her nursing duties. This led to years of chronic pain which Mickie endured bravely.
Mickie cared about others more than herself. She was highly empathetic and showed care and concern to those she encountered and would do things to brighten people’s lives and ease their burdens. Mickie was grateful for any kindness shown to her.
Mickie loved animals of all sorts, but especially cats and had cats as her pets since childhood. Her cats were rescued from the animal shelters or even the streets, and nothing was too good for her cats.
No one could ask for a better or more loving sister or friend. Despite her physical pain which was with her always, Mickie was young at heart, and displayed a sense of humor and a ready laugh which made her a joy to be around. She was intelligent, stayed on top of medical and scientific developments, was loyal to the Red Sox, and was always excited to discuss current affairs and she never missed an opportunity to vote.
Mickie is survived by her beloved companion Arthur Kneeland of Arlington, MA, brothers Peter and his wife Sue of Higganum, CT, Tim of Berwick, ME, sister Pat of Saco, ME, her nieces whom she was grateful for and loved very much: Debbie and her children Josh, Kiera, and Gavin of Franklin, MA, Rebecca, her husband Greg, and their children Will, Jamie and Abigail of Schwenksville, PA, her friend and trusted legal advisor Susan Stefan, and the close friends she made during her life journey.
Our family wishes to thank Mickie’s in-home caregivers, the staff at Sancta Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, and the medical staff of Mt. Auburn Hospital who cared for Mickie on many occasions and provided such compassionate care in her final hours.
In Mickie’s memory, she would urge people to please be kind and compassionate to others because you do not know what pain they bear. If anyone would like to make a contribution in Mickie’s memory, her heart was with MSPCA-Angell:
…When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you…

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Arthur Kneeland

Mary known to me as "Micki"my caring friend for almost 11 years; she helped me in many ways and although she had chronic pain always gave a smile despite her medical problems--Micki will be sorely be missed by me--She is finally at peace with the Lord --No More Pain only Joy God Bless You!! Your Friend;Love Arthur Kneeland
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