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Mary Harrison

Mary Elizabeth Harrison (Sickles)

Wednesday, August 5th, 1981 - Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
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Mary E. Harrison of Bangor passed away on Sunday, November 22 at age 39.
She is survived by her husband, Josh, children Titania and Malcolm, close family friend Pierre Summerton, mother Dianne Sickles and brother Sean Sickles, along with multiple cousins and in-laws.
Mary was born in Bangor, Maine and raised across the river in Brewer. She graduated from Brewer High School and later got her Bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from Husson University, originally planning to become a middle- and high-school level science teacher. That career path never materialized, and so she worked in various retail stores, most recently the Gamestop in Bangor. In early 2020 she began working for Eastern Maine Medical Center in the preregistration department along with her husband.
One of Mary’s biggest passions was gaming. Her father was an avid wargamer and introduced her to the hobby at a young age. Whether board games, tabletop roleplaying games, or video games, Mary enjoyed sharing time around a table (or on the couch) with family and friends. It was through this hobby that Mary met her husband, Josh, and they married in 2001.
Mary’s gaming led to semi-professional work in the tabletop game industry as a play-tester, editor, writer, and developer with FASA Games, contributing primarily to the Demonworld and Earthdawn game lines.
After marrying, Mary moved to Bangor with Josh. Their home was frequently open to family and friends who needed a place to stay, whether for a few weeks, months, or even years. Even when the house became more crowded with the arrival of Titania in 2007 and Malcolm in 2010, efforts were made to make sure there was room.
Mary struggled with health issues most of her adult life, including chronic pain. Most of these issues relate to Lupus, a condition that wasn’t diagnosed until her mid-30s. The frequent medical appointments and chronic conditions led her to connect and empathize with other people in similar situations.
The one word that best describes Mary is tenacious. She was a fierce advocate for her children, loyal to her friends, and empathetic to others. She touched lives locally and around the world. Her generous heart and sense of humor will be sorely missed by countless friends, forged family, and coworkers.
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Suzi Wickerd

Posted at 06:42pm
I read about Mary and your family in the BDN and could feel the pain of the situation. I am so sorry for your loss of a beautiful mother and wife and so much more. My prayers are especially with your children and you, their father and Mary's husband. I am so sorry.
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The Frerichs Family

Posted at 08:28pm
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Jen Santos

Posted at 05:03pm
I'll share this again here, and add one more story at the bottom: I don't know how to express the depth of my sorrow for you and the family. I don't claim to know Mary as well as I would have liked, but she was one of the people who helped me heal from trauma. I met her and her dad during our WoW days. You even tanked for us a few times while she healed (no easy task for you both given how hopeless the rest of us were). Even after Mary stopped playing regularly, she would visit us in vent, and I have fond memories of talking with a group while she and I simultaneously had a/n (in-game) text-based conversation going. I was a veritable stranger to her at the start, but she initiated conversations, honored secrets, and offered support. I imagine that there a number of people like me out there: people who never met Mary IRL but who Mary impacted nonetheless. One of Mary's other friends said, via social media, that a world without Mary is a dark place. That could not be more true. My condolences to you, Josh, and to the family (blood-related and otherwise).

An additional story: this is one her father used to tell often (and so the fact that I'm fuzzy on some of the details is ridiculous). One day they were at a game store where some older boys were talking about Risk. I don't know how everyone came to converse, but the boys - considerably older than Mary - were dismissive but did condescend to play a game with her. As you might expect, she trounced them soundly. As her dad told it, they were speechless after the game, unable to understand how they had lost to "a little girl." Based on the number of retellings, this strikes me as one of his favorite memories of Mary, and I thought I'd share it here since it seems to fit with the theme of tenaciousness and speaks to her early love of gaming.
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Katherine Tildes

Posted at 05:44pm
Tenacious for sure! Mary and I have been friends for a couple years, but in the last year we became really close. We spoke about 4 times a week, usually on my way to work. She helped me learn to crochet and encouraged me in so many avenues. She was a true friend and I'll foreved be changed by having known her. I cannot imagine how her loss effects Josh, Pierre, Ty and Mal, or anyone else close to her. You have my deepest sympathies. We carry her with us. Forever part, until we meet again my friend
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