Ann Wheeler Williamson

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Brackett Funeral Home
29 Federal St
Brunswick, ME

YARMOUTH - Ann Wheeler Williamson died on Nov. 9, 2018, supported by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 13, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Dorothy T. and Everett Wheeler.

Annie graduated from Wellesley College and went on to earn her Masters of Science degree in Botany from the University of Michigan. After graduate school, she taught at the Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, R.I., and spent summers as a camp counselor at Wyonegonic Camps in Denmark, Maine, where she established her Maine roots and where she was introduced to Robert B. Williamson, Jr. by mutual camp friends. Annie and Bob were married on June 18, 1955, and lived in Portland before moving to Cape Elizabeth where they raised their three children. Annie later lived in Falmouth and Yarmouth.

Annie had a deep love of family, her dogs, summer camps, the outdoors and nature. Favorite trips included Baxter State Park, especially South Branch and Daicey Ponds, hiking in the Camden Hills and Pleasant Mountain, and canoeing the Allagash. Her children were impressed that she knew the Botanical Latin names of so many plants in the Maine woods. A life-long gardener, Annie grew flowers and vegetables in her raised beds this past summer.

Annie had a soft spot in her heart for all dogs, particularly for the series of seven family dogs she nurtured over the years and for the two Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppies she helped raise.

She adored spending time with her family and friends at her camp on Damariscotta Lake boating, swimming, walking, cooking delicious meals, and listening to the loons. She also loved salmon fishing with her husband and friends on the Restigouche and Cascapedia Rivers in Canada and was a loyal member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. In her later years, Annie was thrilled to visit all four of the huts of Maine Huts and Trails, including a special trip to celebrate her 81st birthday at Grand Falls Hut near the Dead River.

Annie was known for her dry wit, compassion for people and animals, generosity, resiliency and inner strength. She touched the lives of countless people in many walks of life from Alford Lake Camp campers to whom she taught outdoor skills for many summers, to Maine Medical Center staff and patients with whom she interacted regularly.

Her deep commitment to Maine Medical Center was apparent in her roles as a member of the Board of Trustees, Institutional Review Board and the Joint Conference, Quality Assurance, Patient Care Survey, Annual Fund and Development committees. She was a past president of the Visiting Board of the Children's Hospital. Annie and Bob were regular volunteers at the Information Desk. Over the years, Annie volunteered more than 17,000 hours for MMC; in 2003 she was awarded the Bettsanne Holmes Volunteer Service Award.

For decades, Annie passionately volunteered at The United Way of Greater Portland. A loyal and longtime friend and supporter of United Way starting as a door-to-door fundraiser in the 1950's, Annie served in a multitude of volunteer leadership capacities including the United Way Foundation board and the Kenneth Jordan Higgins Scholarship Committee. In 2015, Annie was awarded the Meg Baxter Legacy Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership to the organization, her tireless efforts to serve the community, and the significant impact her involvement has had on United Way's history.

Annie also looked for ways to better people's lives in other roles. Her Board service included Child and Family Services, the Portland, Maine YWCA, the Society of Bowdoin Women, the National Society of Colonial Dames in Maine where she also served as a docent at the Tate House, Community Counseling Services, and Catherine Morrill Day Nursery. She volunteered for the Cape Elizabeth Schools, The Junior League, the Yarmouth Village Improvement Society, and the Resident Assistance Fund at Ocean View in Falmouth.

Annie was predeceased by her husband, Robert B. Williamson, Jr. in 2004.

She is survived by her three children, Susan Williamson Peixotto and her husband Robert V. Peixotto of Yarmouth; Thomas Williamson and his wife Laurie Williamson of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan; and Mary Williamson of Yarmouth. Annie was the loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Christopher Peixotto and his wife Svetlana Peixotto and their children Erica and Max of Andover, Mass.; Elizabeth Peixotto and her husband Mark Reinsborough and their daughter Eleanor of Yarmouth; Robert W. Peixotto and his wife Kelsie Peixotto and their daughter Penelope of Cumberland; and Claire Williamson of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Annie is also survived by four granddogs.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Annie's caring companions from Advantage Home Care, and the dedicated staff of Bay Square at Yarmouth, as well as her many devoted caregivers, kindred spirits, and healthcare providers for their compassionate care of and special connections with Annie.

A celebration of Annie's life will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Rd., Yarmouth, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, gifts honoring Annie's love of dogs and the outdoors may be made to either:

Midcoast Humane

190 Pleasant St.

Brunswick, ME 04011 or:

Maine Hut and Trails

496C Main St.

Kingfield, ME 04947

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 9, 2018
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