Anita J. (Pontbriand) Daley

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Anita J. Daley, 88
SCARBOROUGH - Anita J. (Pontbriand) Daley, 88, of Scarborough, passed away March 30, 2018, at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's.
Thomas ("Ted"), her devoted husband of 68 years, along with her family, provided continuous love and comfort throughout her final days.
Anita was born in Auburn, on Nov. 29, 1929. The only child of Archie and Helen Pontbriand, Anita grew up in Auburn, and graduated from Edward Little High School. While playing the clarinet in the band, she developed a love for music, which continued throughout her life.
In September 1949, Anita married Ted, the love of her life. They had four children, and resided in the Lewiston/Auburn area, later moving to Portland, then retiring to Scarborough.
Although a homemaker for much of her life, Anita also enjoyed her job as an administrative assistant at the Infant Development Center in South Portland for many years.
Camping with family and friends was a major recreational interest throughout Anita's life, and she routinely enjoyed sharing this experience with other young families at Sebago Lake Park and Cape Cod.
Anita was a natural athlete, and a serious sun worshiper, relishing her time spent outdoors; at the beach, hiking, cross-country skiing, or biking on trails.
In retirement, Anita enjoyed many years travelling throughout the U.S., Canada and parts of Western Europe, with her husband. They were early members of the Scarborough Land Trust, and actively involved in the development of the Eastern Trail Alliance.
Anita loved the outdoors and appreciated the natural beauty of her surroundings, and the wildlife within it. An example of this was her commitment to the care of a neighborhood feral cat, who has since been adopted as a member of the family.
As a devoted grandmother, Anita seldom missed a sporting event, concert or performance. Time with her grandchildren was her top priority, and she spent countless hours playing with them at home or at the beach. She was very generous and took every opportunity to give gifts to her children and grandchildren.
(Christmases at the Daley household were always special.)
Anita is survived by her husband, Thomas; her daughter, Janice and husband, Frank Guidi; her son, Michael; her daughter, Susan and husband, Nicholas Keen; and daughter, Diane and husband, Gary Donaldson.
She is also survived by five grandchildren: Timothy and Matthew Libby, Jillian Keen and partner, David Foster; and Ryan and Justin Donaldson; and a great-grandson, Davie Foster.
The family extends a special thanks to the Hawthorne House nursing staff, who provided their care and support during Anita's final days.
Anyone wishing to pay their last respects is invited by the family to visiting hours at
Hobbs Funeral Home
, 230 Cottage Road, in South Portland, on April 13, from 2-4 p.m. A private graveside service will be held later in the spring. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Anita's memory to:
The Eastern Trail Alliance
P.O. Box 250
Saco, ME 04072


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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
South Portland, ME 04106-3802
(207) 799-4472
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 8, 2018
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