Obituary: Nancy E. Sawyer – Portland Press Herald

Nancy E Sawyer

GRAY — Nancy E. Sawyer, 81, of Gray, died July 28 after a short illness. She was a sister, a mother, an aunt, and a wonderful friend, but was known to all as Nunna.

Nancy was born on February 9, 1941 in Princeton, Maine. Her family moved to Portland in her early teens.

In 1960 she met and married Robert E. Sawyer. He was a cab driver and she was a waitress, and by saving their tips they were able to buy their first home in South Portland. Their two children, Cynthia Lee and Christopher Robert, were born there. Nancy and Robert were great parents who took an active part in their children’s lives. All the neighborhood kids loved playing at the Sawyer house.

Nancy had a long career in banking at Maine National Bank and later at KeyBank. She was President of the American Businesswomen Association and was active in local politics.

At midlife, she switched gears to work in the mental health field for Ingraham Volunteers. She trained on the hotline and later became a case worker and substance abuse counselor at one of the Portland area adult homes.

She switched gears again when her son Chris and daughter-in-law Mary announced they were having twins! Abraham Christopher Sawyer and Sophie Mae Sawyer were her firstborn grandchildren. Finn Bean Mahan and Maggie Sawyer Mahan would come soon after. The four grandchildren, Nancy, her daughter Cindy, her son Chris and his wife Mary would have many adventures together which we will always cherish.

Nancy loved to travel. Her wanderlust has taken her to London, Boston, New York City, Texas, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard, the Cayman Islands and beyond!

She was incredibly well read and appreciated art of all kinds. All her children and grandchildren know who Tchaikovsky is and how to recite poetry by heart.

Nancy never met a cashier at Hannaford that she didn’t like. She has many beloved friends, some new and some decades old.

She cherished her years at Crystal Lake.

Nancy is survived by her daughter Cynthia Mahan of New Gloucester; and her grandchildren Finn and Maggie; her daughter-in-law, Mary Sawyer of Grey; and grandchildren Sophie and Abraham. She is also survived by her ‘bubble sister’, Lynn Violette of Manchester, NH; and extended family of great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Christopher Robert Sawyer and her brother Danni King.

We will all miss her very much.


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