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9/4/2013 8:42:00 AM
Ann Elizabeth (Goodwin) Doyle
Nov. 10, 1922 - Sept. 1, 2013

Ann "Nanny" Elizabeth (Goodwin) Doyle, 90, of South Bristol, died peacefully at home on Sept. 1 surrounded by her immediate family.

Born in Fremont, Ind. on Nov. 10, 1922, she was the daughter of Warren O. Goodwin and C. Louise (Powers) Goodwin Carroll. Ann was the middle child of five.

Ann grew up in Three Rivers, Mich. but moved east during the depression when her mother married Fred W. Carroll (Pop) of Rowe, Mass. She graduated from Charlemont High School and attended Bliss Secretarial School in North Adams, Mass. She married Martin W. Doyle in 1942, and served on the rationing board and set up homes in various towns in western Massachusetts before settling in Charlemont during the mid 1950s where she remained for 30 years.

Ann held various secretarial and bookkeeping positions in many local businesses, managed the front desk at the Charlemont Inn, worked at the new ski area then named Thunder Mountain, and worked in the Charlemont Post Office. In the 1970s she began working for Yankee Atomic in Rowe, transferred to Framingham and then Bolton, Mass., finally retiring in 1997 at age 75.

In the early 1980s she came to live with her daughter Cathy, first in Acton and then Lancaster, Mass. She was a "second mother" to her grandchildren, Jennifer and Rick and they say she ran a tight ship. Working full time and living with teenagers, it's no wonder she needed to frequently escape to Maine where she had a small home in Bristol at Pemaquid Villas. The midcoast area quickly became not just a weekend getaway or vacation spot, but a community she embraced while there and through faithful reading of every word in The Lincoln County News. She felt more at home and knew more people and places in Maine than where she lived and worked in Massachusetts. When her daughter retired in 2005, they both instantly decided to fulfill their common dream of living in Maine and moved to South Bristol.

Ann's avid interest in everything - people, places, history, music, nature - made for a full and active life.

She almost never missed a Chat with Champions program, loved Castlebay, Down East Brass, barbershop concerts, and the music of Sean Fleming and Linda Blanchard. Plays at Lincoln County and Waldo theaters were frequent events. Picnics anywhere and everywhere from Union to Port Clyde to Pemaquid were common occurrences. Ann attended historical programs throughout Lincoln County, was an active member of the South Bristol Historical Society and served as the "newspaper clipper" for local news.

Nanny, as she was known by everyone in the family, was the caregiver. She lived in Charlemont with her mother and step-father and cared for them both during their final years. She was with her sister in North Carolina for her final months. With all her siblings gone, she became the matriarch of the family, opening her door and heart to all her nieces, nephews, their spouses, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She followed the lives of three generations and every one of them received a birthday card from her every year.

She was predeceased by sister, Barbara M. Avery; and brothers, Van P. Goodwin, John P. Goodwin, and Charles W. Goodwin.

She is survived by daughter, Cathy Stockwell of South Bristol; granddaughter, Jennifer Castellano and husband Michael of Winchendon, Mass.; grandson, Rick Stockwell and wife Karen; great-grandchildren, Mateo, Juanita and Isabella of Tualatin, Ore.; and former husband, Martin W. Doyle of Union, Conn.

Private services will be at Harrington Cemetery in Bristol and Leavitt Cemetery in Charlemont, Mass. at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

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