STONINGTON – Ann Middleton Bradshaw Barrows, 66, died at home with her family Monday, June 30, 2014 after a more than four year battle with breast cancer. She was born Sept. 30, 1947 in Lincoln, MA, the daughter of the late Donald S. and the late Johanna Pierce Bradshaw.
She grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, graduated from Abbott Academy, received a BA in English from Case- Western Reserve University, received a BS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, received her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maine Medical Center/USM and later an EMT certificate. Recently she received First and Second degree Reiki Certifications.
During her medical career she worked as an RN at Penobscot Nursing Home and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. As an FNP she worked at the Island Medical Center in Stonington, Eastern Maine Medical Center and most recently at Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor. She worked as a School Nurse in the Deer Isle-Stonington school system, also as a childbirth educator and in a private family planning clinic.
During her career she received various awards including a 1990 Governor of Maine award in recognition for her community work in substance abuse prevention as chemical health coordinator and originator and administrator for the D.A.R.E program in the Island school system. Among many community activities, she served on the Stonington Conservation Commission, as Coordinator for the Island Community Substance Abuse Prevention Team, as a board member of Four Town Nursing and as Vice-President of the Island Nursing Home during its building and start up phase. Music was a large part of Ann’s life. Trained as a classical pianist, she gave performances when younger and continued playing throughout her life. She taught piano to her children and other youngsters from the community. Her broad and deep appreciation for music prompted her to attend performances whenever possible. In recent years she enjoyed learning steel drum music and playing in Flash in the Pans steel band.
Being on the water was an important part of her life. She raced small sailboats in her youth and delivered boats to the Caribbean. In 1976 she and her future husband, Nat sailed across the Atlantic crewing on a 30′ ketch. She also attended and worked at Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Penobscot Bay. Her family and the sharing that occurred when working and farming on the family land were passions for her. She was an avid gardener and horticulturist. Sometimes she acted as a family vet for the farm animals and was inspiration for the family to take in many rescue dogs over the decades.
On her cancer journey Ann was called the “warrior” for her determined and multifaceted efforts to vanquish the cancer. Her focus on healing changed the priorities for her self and her family in many and positive ways.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Nathaniel Barrows of Stonington, four children, Benjamin, Hannah and her husband, George Eaton, Abigail and her husband, Benjamin Jackson and Lydia MacDonald and her husband, Charles MacDonald, all of Stonington, three grandchildren, Isabella, Weston and Alayna MacDonald, the last of whom was born just six days before she died. She is also survived by her stepmother Mary Bradshaw, two sisters, Beth and Eleanor Bradshaw, and two brothers, Oliver and Brad Bradshaw, two nieces, a nephew and many cousins.
An informal outdoor celebration of Ann’s life will be held on the family land on Tidal Cove Lane just off the Airport Road in Stonington Saturday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. Memorial Contributions in her name can be made to Neighborcare, PO Box 370, Blue Hill, ME 04614 (not tax deductible) or The Ark Animal Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, PO Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Arrangements made by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Inc. in Stonington.