Annie M. Northrup, 85
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PORTLAND -- Annie M. Northrup, 85, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2012, after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Percy A. Northrup of Portland; and five children, son Robert Weber and his wife Mary of Halifax, Nova Scotia, daughter Dawn (Northrup) Gray and her husband Alan, and sons, Dale Northrup, Keith Northrup, and David Northrup, all of Portland. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Jennifer Jansen of Dartmouth, Mass., Ian Northrup of Portland, Sean Weber of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Jesse Weber of Port Alberni, British Columbia; and four great-grandchildren, Thomas and Samuel Jansen and Ella and Sophie Weber.
Annie Margaret was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada on March 29, 1927, the daughter of Cecilia (Curry) McInnis and Francis Walter McInnis. She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph of Charlottetown, P.E.I., Jack (MacTague) of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Alphonse of Hamilton, Ontario, and a sister, Marie Krachenko also of Hamilton.
As a teenager she worked in a bakery and a seniors home, and in school skipped two grades before proceeding to secretarial training at 16. Completing this training she went on to work in a law firm researching land deeds and grants.
In August 1945 she married RCAF pilot Robert Weber and had a son before she was widowed in a post-war aircraft accident in 1949.
Annie soon moved with her mother to St. John, N.B. where she met her present husband Percy. They were married on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1950, and shortly thereafter moved to Portland.
Annie stayed active with five children, and had a love of singing and dancing, usually in the kitchen where she made donuts, lemon bread, date squares and many kinds of breads. She enjoyed Sunday outings to pick apples for pies and jams. For a time she taught Sunday school at St. Lawrence Congregational Church.
In later years she and Percy joined a local bowling league where they engaged many life-long friends. She was an enthusiastic square dancer andthe two were regulars on the dance circuit. She was a regular spectator at Percy's hockey games for years. She counted among her many friends those from the UCT Club of Greater Portland.
Much of her life she straddled the border going back and forth to Canada for family and friends. Her Irish heritage brought her to her beloved Ireland where she imbibed in local music and dance and food and drink, and was thrilled with every movement. Annie was an easy tourist to please in Ireland.
She had a love of travel, and over more than three decades she and Percy traveled coast to coast and border to border to almost every state and province. In North America her travels by car would last several weeks and up to three months and she was a ready passenger for a midnight ride in New York City or a peek at sunrise over the Grand Canyon. She came to know many cities as if they were her own back yard. The couple spent many winters in South Florida and had fond times at Moosehead Lake boating with family.
Annie was happy to regale others with her tales of seeing live space shuttle launches, meeting political and entertainment celebrities, seeing Broadway shows and visiting a few thousand hotels with her son, a hotel critic.
Annie cultivated a love of quilting and made dozens of quilts in various designs for family, friends, and some were used and sold at her son's bed and breakfast. Family was important to her. She passes along her love of adventure and her love of books.
Annie and her family wish to thank the doctors and staff at Maine Centers for Health Care and those at Maine Medical Center for their caring support for more than a decade.
Visiting hours will be at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland, on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. A memorial funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at Evergreen Cemetery. On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.ctcrawford.com.
Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
172 State Street Portland, ME 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 18, 2012