Nancy's Story

CASTINE and BELFAST - Nancy Brown Carr, 80, died Nov. 22, 2014. Nancy was born on Oct. 4, 1934, in Falmouth, Maine, the oldest daughter of Warren S. and Mary K. (Molly) Brown.

In 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, Brenton Carr. Together, they raised three children. After traveling the country for Brent's work, the family relocated to Castine in the early 70's and made their home at Dyce's Head Lighthouse. Nancy was an avid painter, cook, teacher and sharer of her talents and her home. Many a student, friend and passerby at Dyce's Head had the pleasure of her kindness, her food and her front porch. She cherished life at the lighthouse and her view of Penobscot Bay for over 40 years.

Nancy was a set designer for Cold Comfort Theater, the cook at the local Adams School, Kneisel Music School and East Grand Lake Camps. She spent time at Skowhegan School and Haystack embracing her gift for painting and sculpture. Nancy had a passion for teaching young people, whether it was sharing her cooking talents with her niece, creating a backdrop for a set, or composing a still life. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her love of music, her sense of humor, and her ability and willingness to feed a crowd on short notice.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Susan Hatch and husband, David, of Castine and Sandra Richardson and husband, Nicholas, of Falmouth; her son, Brenton W. Carr and wife, Clara, of Atascadero, California; her partner and friend, Matt Merfeld of Belfast; her sister, Aynne Ames of Belfast; her grandchildren, Betsy Hatch Libby and husband, Jason, of New Gloucester, Joshua Hatch and wife, Vanessa, of Castine, Whitney McDorr of Portland, Zoe McDorr of Falmouth and Leslie Carr and Orman Carr of Atascadero, CA.; her great- grandchildren, Carter Libby, Jackson Libby, Oakley Hatch and Sarah Hatch, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her parents; her ex-husband and friend, Brent; her brothers, Orman and Louis Brown; and her sister, Harriet Brown Nelson.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Theresa Parker for her kindness and friendship.

Services will be announced at a later date. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Adams School Art Program, P.O. Box 29, Castine, ME 04421 or to The LifeFlight Foundation, P.O. Box 899, Camden, ME 04843.
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