Waterville - Marie Baker Foster McMahon, 87, of Waterville, Maine passed away May 1st at Mount St. Joseph's rehab facility. She will be missed dearly, though she transitioned from the challenges of dementia and a recent broken hip to the love, wholeness, and freedom of the heavenly realms. She was born, March 27, 1935, in Norridgewock Maine to Beatrice and Floyd Baker and graduated from Skowhegan HS. She and her first husband, Mathew Foster, lived in Bingham, Maine with their four children, Mona, Dougie, Bea and Suzie.\r\n \r\nMarie modeled love of family and home, hard work, service to others and persevering through challenging times. As a single, working mother of four, she somehow created time to sew her girls' school, Easter and other outfits. Then taught them how to sew as they got older.\r\nShe supported her family in different ways, yet most loved the two decades of connecting to patients as a dental assistant in Waterville. In 1977 she married her second husband, her loving and endearing partner, Richard J. McMahon who passed in 1987.\r\n \r\nBesides being a wonderful mother, she enjoyed honoring our veterans and serving local veterans' organizations, The Winslow VFW, The Elks Auxiliary, and she served as President of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. She especially loved the poppies and sharing them to raise awareness and donations. She also enjoyed being a Togus hospital and Meals on Wheels volunteer. Favorite family memories are how much fun was had when she would yodel or dance. At Suzette and Bill's wedding eight years ago, she was dancing a lot and having so much fun. Attendees commented. "I hope I can dance like that at her age." Then one younger person corrected herself and said, "Heck, I wish I could dance like that now!" We still smile knowing she danced as recently as November and now, we trust she's still having fun and dancing in Spirit! She wanted to celebrate her 80th birthday in a special way and did the Polar Dip at Messalonskee Lake for the Boys and Girls Club. She only let her children know at the last minute, not wanting anyone to try to talk her out of it. One of her granddaughters loves the memory of Gram doing a split well into her 60's!\r\n \r\nSimple things brought her pleasure, feeding and watching the birds, tending to her flower gardens, and making and sharing her delicious toutiere pie, now of which her family carries on the tradition. \r\n \r\nMarie is predeceased by her parents, her husband Dick McMahon, brother Harold Baker, sister Roberta Wise, and stepson Eddie McMahon. \r\n \r\nLeft to honor her are her four children, Ramona Freeman, Waterville; Doug (Sandy) Foster and Beatrice (Bob) Blake all of Oakland; and Suzette Foster (Bill Mosher,) North Carolina. Stepchildren, Michael (Renata) McMahon, Sidney; Patricia McMahon, Waterville; and Rick (Kim) McMahon, Sidney. \r\nSiblings, Bette (Rance) Hadaway, South Carolina; Doug (Phyll) Baker, California; Karen (Ron) Gareau, Rhode Island; Bill (Karen) Baker, Massachusetts; her Baker half-siblings and many nieces and nephews. \r\nGrandchildren, Theresa Blake of Oakland; Brianna Anicetti of North Carolina; Brittany Anicetti Viuf, Oklahoma; Gabrielle Foster, Portland; Mathew Foster, Oakland, and two great-granddaughters, Joslyn Ireland and Harper Viuf. And her life-long friend, Gwen Knight.\r\nVisiting hours will be held from 6 - 8 PM on Friday, July 15 at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine 04901. Burial will be held at 10 AM at the Old Oak Cemetery, River Road, Norridgewock, Maine 04957. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com. \r\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider donations to American Legion Auxiliary in Waterville or Beacon Hospice Care, 5 Community Drive, Suite A, Augusta, Maine 04330. The family is grateful for their stellar support for Marie and family the last few days of her life.