“Baby” Beth Ruth Mace, 58, peacefully passed away May 3, 2020, at her family cabin in Osborn, after a long battle with liver cirrhosis. She was born Dec. 18, 1961, in Bangor, the youngest of four children, to the late Ansel “Jeff” Jefferson Mace, her stepfather Walter “Mac” Makevich and Elizabeth “Betty” Mace Makevich of Aurora.
Beth graduated from Brewer High School in 1980. Her first cousin Brandon Siemion, of Furlong, Pa., remembers her as being “popular and the apple of many boys’ eyes.” Not only was she beautiful, she was also a blossoming artist with a scholarship to art school, but she decided to pursue music instead. She met her first love Adam Facciolo in 1982, marrying in 1985. He was a musician from New York and she soon found herself singing and playing the keyboard in Sea Breeze, a local rock band. She was always the life of the party, often bringing the house down with her renditions of Bonnie Raitt and Patsy Cline favorites.
With the birth of her babies, along with a change in career to tending bar, the goddess “Baby” Beth Mace, the charismatic fun-loving bartender we all knew and loved was born. She tended bar in Ellsworth, most notably at Sonny’s Tavern (aka Pepper’s Pub) and The Oyster Bar. When Baby wasn’t at the bar, she was painting or adventuring in the woods. She loved creating beautiful landscapes with her man Bob Ross. Her favorite holiday was Halloween, and it was always her goal to win best costume. For many years, she set up a stand on the side of the road to sell her hand-painted pumpkins, featuring every cartoon character you could imagine! In 1986, the local paper dubbed her “The Great Pumpkin Painter” and years later she was featured again for painting Cadillac Mountain on an 800-pound pumpkin! She was also a self-employed sign painter who painted the Maine Mountain Man sign that was once in Franklin and the old Maine Luau sign in Trenton. In her 30s, she moved away from the bar scene and married her best friend from the pub, Charlie Wilbur. She picked up a job as a baker at the Village Green Bakery in Bar Harbor. While there, she once baked and decorated over 2,000 cupcakes for vacationers aboard the QE2. Never afraid to get her hands dirty, her favorite pastimes were fiddle heading with her Mom Betty and fishing on Chemo Pond with her stepdad Mac. She enjoyed the outdoors, hunting anything from big game like moose to little game like squirrels. She did it all and had the trophies to prove it! Along with her late sis Jaye Mace Pullen, she shared a love of horror movies and books (especially anything Stephen King). They were like two peas in a pod, “standing tall” till the very end. Their crude, sometimes morbid sense of humor will truly be missed. Baby was “tougher than a boiled owl,” a kindred spirit with a charismatic personality that could light up any room — she will forever live on in the hearts of her friends and the large family she has left behind.
“Baby” Beth is survived by her children, Alexander Facciolo of Sullivan, Halley Jaye Facciolo and Joshua Wilbur, both of Ellsworth; only grandchild Maddi-Jaye Facciolo; brother, Albert Mace of Bangor; nieces, Elizabeth Mace-Giosia of Federal Way, Wash., and Brittany Mace; nephew, Bobby Leighton of Bangor and her many, many cousins, Mary and Edward Healey of Amherst, Kelley Dennis of Los Angeles, Calif., Danny Siemion of Sullivan, Tracey O’Connell of Orono, Michelle Libby of Northeast Harbor, to name a few (Maces, Butterfields and Siemions near and far you, know who you are), aunts and uncles, Don and Charlotte Whitman of Aurora, Ellen and Arthur Butterfield, Cary and Charlene Butterfield of Clifton; special long-time buddies, Anthony Hall of Milbridge, Elizabeth Roberts of Eastbrook, Dexter Marvin Smith of Franklin and her partner in crime for 18 years Charlie Wilbur of Franklin. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Asa and sister Jaye Mace.
Friends and family are welcome to join in her burial, which will tentatively be held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Aurora Cemetery, followed by a fun-filled celebration of life (costume optional) in Ellsworth. Location and more information will be given closer to the date on an event Facebook page.
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