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Mary Lou (Holt) Ishihara

May 19, 1936 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 85)


Amesbury- Mary Lou Ishihara (Holt) passed away the morning of Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the Maplewood Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, in Amesbury Massachusetts. She was born in Portland, Maine, on May 19, 1936, to William Elliot Holt and Terena Elizabeth Holt (Griffin). On July 28, 1955, Mary Lou married Mervyn Manaku Ishihara, in Portland, Maine.

Other than brief stints in Hawaii and Massachusetts, Mary Lou was a proud resident of Maine. There was nothing she enjoyed more than her daily phone calls with her lifetime best friends, Joyce and Betty. Mary Lou was an avid knitter and quilter. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren are blessed with her heirloom sweaters, and many family members and friends have been honored to receive a Mary Lou quilt.

Mary Lou was predeceased by her son Kevin and granddaughter Allison. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Mervyn, her children, Stephen and his wife Karen, daughter-in-law Donna, Terena, and David and his wife Leslie; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Allison, David, Gregory, Emily, Kealoha, Carter, Troy, Connor, Matthew and Katherine; and her great grandchildren, Jaxson, Kalliegh, Anna, Ian, Blake, Graham and Seth.

Visitation will be held from 12:00PM to 2:00PM on Friday, May 20, 2022 at A. T. Hutchins, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland.

Mary Lou loved her seasonal garden planters, but we kindly ask in lieu of flowers, if so desired, contributions to a charity of your choice, be made in Mary Lou’s honor.


May 20, 2022

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A.T. Hutchins Funeral home
660 Brighton Ave
Portland, Maine 04102

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