EASTPORT – On Feb. 19, 2009, Naida MacNaughton, 94, passed away peacefully in her home, after a brief decline. At her side were her beloved friend and daughter-in-law, Nannette, and her treasured granddaughter, Heather. She was born Sept. 16, 1914, and raised in comfortable circumstances by her parents, Thomas Sanders and Marjorie Barrows Sanders. Throughout her long life she was healthy and vigorous in body and mind. An excellent conversationalist, her interests were broad and she was always eager to discuss current events. She was interested in people from all walks of life, and savored her interactions with all her many friends and acquaintances. She had an active, youthful and slightly wicked sense of humor, through thick and thin. A dyed-in-the-wool Yankee, she was intelligent, honest, thrifty and occasionally blunt. She deeply loved her family and adored children and animals, but she was not silly about it. She was dignified and genteel at all times, but could be formidable in the face of an injustice. She married, with the strong approval of her parents, Donald MacNaughton, a young man whose only wealth was in his strong character and winning personality. After the end of World War II, they bought a house in Hampden Highlands and had two sons, Thomas and Daniel, whom they raised in a home full of love, serenity, mutual respect, security and good cheer. Together the family enjoyed reading, skiing and hiking, and focused particularly on a strong mutual interest in boats and sailing. The family spent many summers exploring the coast of Maine. Naida was a highly skilled sailor and navigator. She graduated from Deering High School and the University of Maine, Orono. When her children were mostly grown, she became school librarian of Weatherbee School, Hampden, and acquired a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maine, Orono. She loved her library job and had a particular affection for those children who were struggling in one way or another. She read constantly on a wide range of subjects, but was especially fond of a good murder mystery. Her husband died when she was still quite young. After his death she remodeled an old house in Winterport to her own design. She thoroughly enjoyed her years in Winterport, where she was close to many beloved friends. She belonged to the Winterport Women’s Club and historical society. She did volunteer work at Eastern Maine Medical Center Library. During this period, she was able to travel to a number of destinations in Europe, often with close friends. Memories of Winterport days, and the trips she took and her many friends, were a great pleasure to her in her old age. Late in life she was afflicted with a substantial loss of eyesight, such that she could no longer read or drive, but she switched to books on tape and she worked fiercely to be as independent as she could, for the rest of her life. Soon after her sons and their families moved to Eastport, she moved there too, and was active in the Peavey Library and Literary Round Table Club. During her time in Eastport, she developed a great fondness for her son, Daniel’s generous and kind partner, Greg Pugh, and she became especially close to her son, Tom’s wife, Nannette. Together she and Nan went on countless outings and errands, full of laughter and conversation, and as she aged, Nan became her primary caregiver and companion, roles Nan accepted with pleasure, warmth and grace through the very end. All who knew her are sad at the departure of Naida MacNaughton, but we are also inspired by a long life, well lived and by the joyful memories we will all keep with us forever.
NAIDA SANDERS MACNAUGHTON
Posted March 06, 2009, at 7:50 p.m.