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Maura K. Finn (Malone), 53, of Burlington died peacefully surrounded by a large circle of family and friends on October 6, 2012 in her home after a courageous battle with Cancer. She is survived by her three children, Michael, Erin and Kelly Malone and her grand daughter Mikiya Malone. Her sheer enthusiasm and adventurous spirit will be truly missed. Maura was born in Michigan and raised in Stamford Connecticut. Where she attended Saint Cecilia's grade school and Stamford Catholic High. In 1977 Maura moved to Vermont to attend Saint Michaels College as the first female to recieve a full athletic scholarship. As a student, she played basketball and studied Elementary Education. She proudly served as the first female fire fighter at Saint Michaels Fire and Rescue. Maura graduated in 1981 and accepted a job at the Burlington YMCA as a preschool teacher and aquatic director. A lifelong learner, she continued her education and received a degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont in 1992. In 2011, she completed two-masters in nursing and health administration. As a nurse at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Maura was able to do what she loved, help others. In her many years she worked in all areas of the hospital from Maternity Nursing to Case Management and everything in between. With her favorite position being the first lactation consultant at Fletcher Allen. In addition to helping others she loved skinny dipping, horse back riding and socializing with old and new friends. A life long athlete, she was always ready to watch, play, coach, or cheer just about any sport. Most recently, she brought her leadership skills to City Market's board, on which she was a director since 2010. She will be remembered by her infectious smile, selfless strength, unbridled enthusiasm and larger than life personality. Maura loved to travel from New Zealand to Ireland, Montana to Maine and everywhere in between. She seized every opportunity that came her way, without hesitation, whether it was an invite to dinner or an early morning jump in the ocean, Maura was the quintessential alpha female, always good to go. Services will be held 11:00 this Saturday October 13 at Saint Michaels Chapel For more information call Lavigne's Funeral Home (802) 655-3480 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maura's memory can be made to a place that was very special to her heart, The Eagles Nest Foundation at 43 Hart Road Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 www.enf.org/
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Oct. 10, 2012