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NEWPORT—Mary D. Brooker, 66, died March 17, 2009 at a Bangor hospital. She was born March 26, 1942 in St. Francis, a daughter of Lugin and Edwidge (Goslin) Gagnon. She had been employed at Cary Memorial Hospital in Caribou. She moved to Newport in 1975 with her family. Mary owned and operated The Thrift Shop and later co-owned the Bates Bargain Mart, both of Newport, retiring in 1998. She enjoyed reading and crafts.

She is survived by a son, Kerry and wife Maggie Olmstead of Clarksville, TN; 2 daughters, Annette and husband John Clark of Dixmont and Amanda and husband Ron Cook of Etna; 2 sisters, Mary Lou Gagnon of Caribou and Marie Wasson of Ft. Fairfield; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Ché Collins. She was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1983; 2 sons, Kevin Lee Olmstead in 1993 and Richard E. Brooker in 2007; 2 brothers-in-law, Harold Gagnon and Gary Wasson.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, March 19th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Friday with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Spring burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to CancerCare of Maine, 417 State Street, Suite 20, Bangor, ME 04401; or to a charity of one’s choice. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at

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