MaryAnn Wright Harding


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Newport - MaryAnn Wright Harding, 86, passed away peacefully March 5, 2019 surrounded by family members, singing a favorite song. Born March 24, 1932 in Knoxville Tennessee, she attended UT-Knoxville, and soon after moved to Pensacola, Florida to start her teaching career. There, she met her husband of 62 years, Francis Harding, a US Navy pilot. Together they began their Navy adventure, moving repeatedly over the next twenty years to ports far and wide, including Guam, Newfoundland, and Washington, DC, among others.

Together they raised three children, Laura Brewer of Newton MA, Francis, III of Newport, and Elizabeth Levesque of Waterville. MaryAnn formed close friendships everywhere she went, and was an active correspondent, learning to text, Facetime and email on her iPad at the age of 84. Throughout her 40 plus years living in Maine, MaryAnn maintained her southern accent and manners while embracing her home in New England, supporting local farms and bakers, L.L. Bean, Stonewall Kitchen and her beloved Red Sox. She was deeply faithful to her church, her family and her friends. While she lived by her beliefs, she was also an open-minded, generous person, who grew and evolved throughout her life as her experiences taught her more and more about the world, and about her own capacity for understanding and compassion.

She leaves her husband, her three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, of whom she was exceedingly proud. Her extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law remember her with love and laughter.

Memorial services will be held 11 A. M., Saturday, March 23rd at St. Martin's Episcopal Church with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to St. Martin's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 900 Main Street, P.O. Box 107, Palmyra, ME 04965. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at
Published on March 15, 2019
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Joan and Jeremy Hubball
Mar 18, 2019
Your whole family was so blessed to have Nana in your life for such a long time . Her strength and love and kindness radiate through all of you!
Mar 16, 2019
As a treasured and colorful aunt I will miss her ever-present conversation and love of family.