Nannette S. Colton
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Presque Isle - 1932 - 2020
Nannette S. "Nan" Colton, 87, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020 surrounded by her family at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, Maine.
Nan was the daughter of Frank A. and Irma C. (Richards) Smith. She grew up watching her dad operate his farm machinery business, Gould & Smith and playing/learning about life with her sister June and brothers Frank and Rob. Nan was a proud graduate of both Presque Isle High School in 1950 and Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island in 1952. After meeting and marrying her husband of 60 years, John B. Colton, Sr. of Portland in 1954, the two traveled and resided in various east coast locations as they followed John's store assignments with the W.T. Grant Company. The two returned and settled in Presque Isle in 1958 and began the journey of raising their family. Nan was a devoted wife and mother and never forgot what was (is) important in life, lessons she taught her children and many others through the years.
As her children grew older, Nan decided to restart her career working for the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) as secretary to the Executive Director from 1976 to 1980 and then as executive secretary to the CEO of The Aroostook Medical Center from 1980 to 2001, after which she retired. Nan was a true professional with attention to detail and timeliness but admittedly, short patience for anything done "half a%$!". She was a fiercely loyal friend and offered a loving demeanor to everyone she encountered. As was said by many "Nan was a classy lady".
During her career at TAMC, Nan was known to offer temporary room and board to a new hospital management recruit who arrived from "away". She felt that if someone had the courage to move to our area, making them feel at home was the least we could do until they found a place to live and establish a home of their own. Many of these folks continue to be close friends of the Colton family. However, generosity was nothing new to Nan, having watched her mother and father offer this same kindness to traveling salesmen or the like during the depression and WWII years.
Nan enjoyed family gatherings, especially if it involved a summer BBQ at her long-time family home on Dyer Street in Presque Isle or at the family camp on Cross Lake. Nan absolutely loved music and dancing, playing the piano, thoroughly enjoyed gardening and travel (to anywhere) and was an avid sports fan, particularly if it involved the Boston Red Sox. She loved animals of all kinds and was a founding member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle. Nan was also a life member Order of the Eastern Star Lunar Chapter #126 in Presque Isle.
In addition to her parents, Nan was predeceased by her husband John B. Colton, Sr., sister June Smith, and brothers Frank and Robert "Rob" Smith.
Nan is survived by her five children, Mary Jane Willey and husband Steve of Maine and Florida, John B. Colton, Jr. and Sherrill Sidlik of Saco, Maine, Brian Colton and wife Laurie of Caribou, Maine, Sarah Anderson and husband Michael Ellingwood of Casco, Maine, Jennifer Bridges and husband Matthew of Presque Isle, Maine. Fourteen grandchildren: Ashlee Parker and husband Jarrod, Seth Willey and wife Kim, Luke Willey and fiancé Bobbie Fogg, Chelsea Colton, Zoe Colton, Cassandra McQuade and husband Travis, Paul Colton and wife Cayla, Samantha Dyer and husband Christopher, Lindsay Anderson and significant other Stephen Ribero, Tyler and Kyle Ellingwood, Grant Bridges, William Bridges and Meaghan Ireland. Seven great-grandchildren: Addison, Benjamin, Colton, Jeremy, Lincoln, Leah, Ivy, and a great-grandchild due in June; brother-in-law Charles Milan III; many special nieces and nephews.
Per Nan's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private family celebration of life will be held this summer over hot dogs and hamburgers.
Nan's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Leisure Village, A.R. Gould Hospital (ICU and Med Floor) and Caribou Nursing & Rehab Center for the loving and respectful care that she received over the past few years.
In lieu of flowers, and given our present national situation, donations to your local food pantry or animal shelter are most gratefully accepted in Nan's name.
Memories and condolences may be shared at
bowersfuneral.com
Published on March 22, 2020

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Theresa Fowler
Mar 23, 2020
Brian and Jennifer, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I know you were dedicated to your mother 's care the past few years.