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CAPE ELIZABETH - Ann McDonald Ellsessar, 89, died peacefully on Sept. 13, 2013, surrounded by family.
She was born on May 26, 1924, in Liverpool, England, the daughter of Edward and Ann (King) McDonald.
Ann grew up in a large family of eight children in Liverpool, England and during World War II was a member of the Woman's Land Army. It was during this time that she met her lifelong best friend, Pat Angelone. Ann came to the U.S. to visit Pat who had married Joe whilst serving in the U.S. army in England during the war. Ann ultimately found work in the U.S. and decided to stay and was very much part of the Angelone family. She became a U.S. citizen, inspired by her admiration for John F. Kennedy
Ann embraced the U.S. and especially Maine as her home and was always interested in and engaged in the political arenas of the U.S. Ann led a successful career rising through the ranks of the New England Telephone Company and retired in 1982; she was admired and respected by her many colleagues for the way that she carried out her role as Chief Operator.
Upon retirement, Ann moved to Cape Elizabeth. She was extremely fond of Kettle Cove and settled in that area. She enjoyed bird watching, reading, and gardening at her home. Ann always enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
During all those years, Ann made frequent trips back to England to visit her family. She is predeceased by her seven sisters and brothers, and her husband James. Ann leaves behind many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and England and despite that all were born when she was living in the U.S., she was much loved by and in regular contact with many of them. Ann will be missed by many friends and family members and remembered for her quick smile, sense of humor, and her strong feelings about fairness and social justice. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to:
Mercy Hospital/Patricia Angelone Breast Cancer Education Center Mercy Hospital
c/o Mercy Development Office
144 State Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
172 State Street Portland, ME 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 16, 2013