Obituary: Anne Frances Allen Anderson


Anne Frances Allen Anderson

Anne Frances Allen Anderson 1934-2020 HARPSWELL – Anne Frances Allen Anderson died on April 4, 2020 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine with family members by her side. She was the daughter of Henry Irvin Allen, Harpswell, and Elizabeth Bowker Patten, Topsham. Anne was born on April 29, 1934 at Allen Homestead on the corner of Lookout Point Road and Route 123, the last baby to be born there. She went to school in Harpswell and often said she couldn’t get away with anything because her mother was the teacher! Graduated from Brunswick High School, she rarely missed a class reunion, planning and working on it with all of her classmates she loved so much. Anne lived in Cundy’s Harbor for several years with her husband Gareth Anderson and their two children Robert A. Anderson (founder and editor of the original Harpswell Anchor for 22 years) and daughter Dr. Lynn Anne Anderson of Sarasota, Florida, all of whom they survive. She has served in the Fire Department Auxiliary, the Sebascodegan Garden Club, the Cranberryhorn Cemetery Association, and as a Girl Scout. She also ran unsuccessfully for Selectman, the first lady to do so. However, she was elected city treasurer for 20 years in a row and always closed the books in a perfectly balanced way. During the same period she worked as a secretary in the school system for 20 years. After retiring, she worked in the kitchen at West Harpswell School. She loved all children and looked forward to seeing them every day. In 1984 she and her husband moved to Harpswell Neck and settled on the shores of Widgeon Cove in a new home that she had planned and designed herself. She was active in the local Grange and Kellogg Church, where she served for 70 years. She was a famous cook, with recipes in several cookbooks and interviews in newspapers. In 2020 she was named Honorary Game Warden for her support for Search and Rescue and the care and feeding of rangers on SAR missions. On one memorable occasion, she fed thirty-four cold, wet, and hungry seekers in her basement who were eating seafood soup, their first hot meal in three days. She leaves four grandchildren, Derek Gareth Burow and wife Lelia, Kristen Anne and husband Bradley Brownstein, Sarah Jane Fowler and her husband Steve and Nell Elizabeth and her husband Nick Evans; and six great-grandchildren. Four generations: Anne, daughter Lynn Anne, granddaughter Kristen Anne and great-granddaughter Mia Anne A memorial service is scheduled for July 10th at 11am at Kellogg Church. Immediately afterwards there will be lunch in the Fellowship Hall. A scholarship has been set up on Anne’s behalf at Harpswell Coastal Academy and her family is seeking donations to the fund in lieu of flowers. To donate to Anne’s Scholarship, please mail your check to: The Anne Allen Anderson Student Aid Fund and mail to: Northeast Bank 186 Maine St. Brunswick, ME 04011 Donations are also accepted at the memorial service

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