Maureen F. (Maloy) Estes, 80, a longtime resident of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, November 4. She was the beloved wife of the late C. Edward Estes who died in 2009.
Born in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Harold and the late Eileen (Moore) Maloy. She was raised in Westbrook, Maine. A graduate of St. Mary’s School in Westbrook and Cathedral High School in Portland, she continued her education at the Boston School of Dentistry where she trained to be a dental assistant.
Maureen fell in love with Massachusetts and from then on called it home. In addition to being a Dental Assistant, Maureen also worked for the Pilot Publishing Company in Boston, and eventually went to work for Raytheon Technologies where she met her beloved husband Ed.
Maureen and her late husband Ed were very active in Masonic organizations. She was a 34-year member of the Aletheon Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Woburn. Although she never held an active office, her contributions to the Chapter were many. Maureen felt she couldn’t sit still through a meeting so instead she put her passion for cooking to work and handled all the organization’s dinners for many years, especially those for Installation and Official Visitations. She continued with her love of cooking for others until only recently. In recognition of her dedication to the Order of Eastern Star, in 2020 she was appointed by the Worthy Grand Matron as Grand Representative to West Virginia. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile.
Maureen would often put her cooking skills to work, assisting with lunches and baking for fairs. She also catered many funeral collations, and was always willing to help bereaved families in their time of need. Maureen had a gift of caring for others, and would help older friends who found themselves in need of assistance with their personal affairs. Feisty and independent, Maureen loved her beloved Red Sox, appreciated good music, loved animals- especially her several special canine companions, and considered her friends and neighbors to be family. She had a tremendous heart and talent for caring for others. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Maureen is survived by two sisters, Patricia Sawyer and her husband David of Pittston, Maine, and Sue Padilla of Westbrook, Maine; and one brother, Timothy Maloy and his wife Cathy of Westbrook, Maine. She is also survived by one niece, Christine Morris and her husband Aaron; three nephews, Timothy May, Ryan Maloy, and Joseph Maloy; and 6 great-nieces and nephews, Hudson, Rowan, Emerson, and Coburn Morris; and Zachery and Eli May.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, November 8 from 4:00-7:00 pm, with an Order of Easter Star Service at 6:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:00 am, followed by interment at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. A reception will follow at the Woburn Masonic Lodge, 17 Arlington Rd., Woburn. Contributions in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114