WATERVILLE -- Marianne Miranda passed peacefully on Dec. 12, 2009, due to complications after a brave battle with cancer, with her life-partner, Stanley Wood, and her son, Gelson Miranda Jr., by her side. Both Stan and Gelson were tireless with the care, love and attention they gave to Marianne.
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She lived her life dedicated to her family. Everything she did was for her son and grandsons, Logan-Michael Hains Miranda and Spencer-James Wood Miranda. She was a "proud grammy" and enjoyed attending her grandsons various sporting events, over the years. She was able to attend Spencer's last baseball game, of the season and proudly watched him pitch. She also was able to attend the Elm City Martial Arts Challenge and cheered for both Logan and Spencer as they competed. When she was not able to attend, Gelson would videotape and photograph the games and tournaments so she would not miss a moment.
Prior to becoming ill, she enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida that she made with Gelson and his family. She loved her dogs Peanut and Blackie, as well as her flower and vegetable gardens. She and Stan enjoyed their season tickets to the Portland Sea Dogs games. Marianne enjoyed lawn sales with her sisters and going to lunch each day with her mother, Dorothy, whom she adored. Regardless of her progressing illness, she sat on her porch on Halloween night and waited, with a huge smile, for the neighborhood children and her grandsons to trick-or-treat.
She attended and graduated from Waterville High School in 1963. She retired from Sappi in Skowhegan after being a member of the work force for many years.
She was predeceased by her stepfather, Harry Hains of Waterville and her brother, Edward Cochrane of Waterville. She is survived by her life-partner, Stanley Wood of Waterville, her mother, Dorothy Cochrane of Waterville, her son, Gelson and Pamela-Bowman Miranda of Winslow, "the apples of her eyes," her grandsons, Logan-Michael Hains Miranda and Spencer-James Wood Miranda; her sisters, Sonya Poulin of Waterville and Jeannette and Elwood Dorval of Sidney; her brother Wayne (Buddy) and Peggy Cochrane of Bath, her sister-in-law, Janet Cochrane of Waterville and Florida. She leaves her best friend Yvonne Reifschneider of Canaan, whom, she loved as a sister and who, over the years, was by Marianne's side unconditionally. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Stan and Gelson would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Harold Alfond Cancer Center of Augusta and the fourth floor staff of MMMC-Augusta campus and the emergency room staff at MMMC-Thayer Campus for the exceptional care and compassion given to Marianne during her numerous treatments and extended stays. Also a heartfelt thanks to all of the friends who have supported Stan, Gelson, Logan and Spencer during this difficult time and family loss.
At Marianne's request, there will be no funeral service or visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, she would like donations made to the Logan and Spencer Miranda College Fund, c/o Bangor Savings Bank, Winslow, ME. 7221546
Published in Morning Sentinel on Dec. 14, 2009