DEER ISLE – Ann Elizabeth (Small) Bauer Stinson , 83, passed away April 11, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Lewiston.
As a child, Ann resided at the Plummer family homestead in Auburn with her parents, Wesley A. and Mabel H. Small, and extended family of grandparents and great-aunts. The Plummer homestead was settled by Ann’s great-great-great-grandfather, William Plummer, in 1785, after his service in the American Revolution, and is maintained to this day by the family. Ann’s initial education was provided by her father at Jordan School, Auburn, a one-room elementary school, during the time of the Great Depression. Ann graduated from Edward Little High School, Auburn, and then earned a bachelor’s degree at Bates College, Lewiston. She worked for a period as the children’s librarian at Rumford Public Library before moving to New York City, where she graduated from Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in library science. During her time at Columbia, Ann was employed at Newark Public Library in New Jersey. After graduation, Ann was employed as the children’s librarian at New York Public Library until returning to Maine in 1955. Ann opened and directed the Munjoy Hill branch of Portland Public Library until becoming the director of Lewiston Public Library. In 1965, Ann was recruited to design and build the South Portland Public Library, where she remained as director until 1973 when she moved to Deer Isle with her husband, Willard “Sonny” Stinson. Ann and Sonny were married for 41 years until her death. During their many years together in Deer Isle they were well-respected neighbors known for their kindness, generosity and passion for the cultivation of organic vegetables.
Ann is survived by her son, John J. Bauer of Auburn; cousins, Rose Ebsworth of England and Pricilla Woodward of Stonington; a niece, Sharon Coulomb of Poland; and a nephew, Steven Small of Auburn. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brother, Wesley A. Small Jr., all of Auburn.
Services will be announced. Donations may be made to any Deer Isle scholarship. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington.