LUBEC – Mary Louise (Bridges) Pushee, 83, daughter of the late Russell and Edith (Ramsdell) Bridges, slipped the surly bonds of Earth Sept. 6, 2006, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 16, 1923, in Holmes Bay, Whiting. Mary attended schools in South Lubec, where she fell in love with literature and poetry, which lasted a lifetime, often writing poems about her life and her children. Many were published in the Quoddy Tides and various magazines. She sometimes would read several books a week until her illness. First and foremost, she was a mother, the hand that rocked the cradle. When her children were small she would recite poetry from memory to them in their beds in the little house beside the sea. She is survived by her children, Mildred “Midge” (Harvey) Tyler and husband, Alton, Russell John Harvey, Linda (Blake) Moores and husband, Garry, Oliver Blake and wife, Virginia, Robert Blake and wife, Janet, who is a special daughter-in-law and Gina (Blake) Lyons; one brother, Clifton “Kip” Bridges of Grandby, Conn. Mary remained close friends with her ex son-in-law, Guy Lyons of North Lubec and had a special place in her life for him; her grandchildren, Mary Louise Scoville, Peggy Lee Pineo, Joseph Daniel Moores, Jaimie Suzanne Moores, Sean Anthony Blake, Penny Lane Blake, Jennifer Linda (Blake) Gallant, Robert “Bobby” Blake, Jesse Dean Blake, Guy Lewis Lyons II, Emily Maria Lyons and Tara Mina Legris; great-grandchildren, Brian, Cody, Kara and Kristina Scoville, Joey Moores, Delaney and Dakota Moores, McCartney Catherine Blake, Noah Melbourne Gallant and Jenna Starr Gallant; one great-great-grandson, Brayden Joseph Newman; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins, Russell, Lewis, Guy and Virgil Farrar and Charlie Bridges, who she loved very much and they her in return. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Guy Bridges and Richard Carlton Bridges; two sisters, Ina Olsen and Mildred “Mimi” Wilcox; and a special friend, Christine Ramsdell of Lubec. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Olsen Cemetery with Pastor Gary Look officiating. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at the Mary S. Pike Hall, Lubec, immediately after the service. All are welcome. Her children would like to add that it was a privilege to have had such a kind, gentle and strong loving mother. It was a privilege for her children to be by her bedside when she crossed to the other side to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.