In Memoriam : Nancy Anderson
Nancy Joyce Anderson - age: 65
(April 19, 1953 to August 13, 2018
Bowling Green, FL And Saco, Maine
Per Nancy's wishes there will be no services. Dennett Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco is entrusted with her arrangements.
The family would like to thank the Gibson Pavilion at Maine Medical Center and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. We request any donations in memory of Nancy be sent to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Nancy Joyce (Farrell) Anderson was born on April 19, 1953 in Houlton, ME and departed this life on August 13, 2018 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by her family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Forty-seven years ago, Nancy met the love of her life Kenneth on a blind date. From that day forward they were inseparable, traveling the country together and living life to the fullest. They enjoyed scuba diving, searching for grizzly bears and sightseeing, but mostly loved sharing their adventures with their children and grandchildren.
Nancy graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine in 1974. She was a Registered Nurse for forty-three years ending her career at Southern Maine Medical Center as leader of the Ambulatory Care Unit. Nancy was a compassionate, intelligent and patient- oriented nurse. Her quick humor, smile and can-do attitude assisted SMMC in many ways. Nancy played an active role in restructuring the Outpatient Surgical Services, as well as, the development of new patient care models. Following retirement, Nancy continued to share her knowledge and skills. She worked in Florida during the winter and Maine during the summer. After her fifth retirement party, her department said they were going to stop buying her cakes, her passion for helping others prevented her from ever giving up what she loved.
She was the rock and glue of her family, both as an adolescent and adult. As the oldest girl she helped raise her siblings and spent her school vacations potato picking in the fields of Houlton. She was affectionately known to her siblings as "Nanny" and the consensus among them was that she was the strong one. She was loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her and set a true example for all her siblings.
In 1981, Nancy and Kenneth welcomed their first son Keith whose charismatic nature always kept them on their toes, he bonded the family, time and time again through his strong-willed nature. Following in 1985, a daughter Christine, who like her mother, became the rock and glue that held the family together after she got sick.
Saturdays will always be remembered for listening to Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton records while doing the morning chores. Her house was always as immaculate as her strong work ethic, never let her settle for anything but the best. Thank God she left the cooking to Ken though as her kids are still scarred from her valiant attempts at a tuna casserole.
Affectionately known to each other as Tigger (Ken) and Pooh Bear (Nancy) the couple was the epitome of love and loyalty as you would never find one without the other.
Survivors include her Tigger Kenneth; her children Keith Anderson and wife Jennifer; Christine Reid and husband Joshua; her grandchildren Brandon Anderson, Carter Reid and Kaylin Anderson; her siblings Larry Farrell, Susan Brown, Lori Farrell, Lynn Farrell, Brian Farrell and Kimberly Farrell; her sister-in-law Janet Stier and husband Bill; along with many nieces and nephews and their children; in addition to many close friends including, but not limited to, her special friend Louann Hursh.
She was predeceased by her father Laurel Farrell and mother Pearl (McCloskey) Farrell.