Maureen (Burt) McNiff, passed away at Cove’s Edge nursing home in Damariscotta, Maine on April 16, 2023. Maureen was born on December 21, 1934 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She grew up in Newcastle.
In 1960 she sailed to England to see the other side of the world. In 1961 she met Ernie McNiff who was then stationed in England with the U.S. Air Force. They were married in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England on January 19, 1963, and just celebrated 60 years of marriage.
In 1987 Maureen said she would like to see the ocean, let's visit Pemaquid in Maine. This trip from Plattsburgh, New York is how they came to settle in Maine in 1987, when Ernie retired from the Air Force after 28 years.
In a year they moved to San Antonio, Texas for Ernie to work on a government contract, then when the contract ended; Maureen said, "I want to go back to Damariscotta" and open a bed & breakfast, this is what they did. Maureen ran the Mandalay B&B on Church Street for 13 years.
She was active in women's clubs, and served on the board of Lincoln Home during the enlargement of the home. She was a Red Cross Blood Drive helper for more than ten years. In the last 20 years, Maureen and Ernie have traveled back to England and to Australia to visit friends and relations. She will be missed by all who know her.
A time of visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00pm, on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, with an informal sharing of stories at 2:00pm, at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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