NEW GLOUCESTER — Abigail (“Abby”) Randall Lumsden, 80, formerly of Falmouth, died peacefully Feb. 18, with her dog Ben by her side.
The daughter of John F. Randall II and Elizabeth Sherman Randall, she was born in Portland on April 10, 1934, and grew up on Falmouth Foreside. She was educated at Underwood School in Falmouth, and Waynflete School in Portland. After attending Smith College, Lumsden graduated from the University of Maine, earning a bachelor of science degree, with distinction, and a master’s degree in education.
Lumsden served a long career teaching biology and earth science at Thornton Academy, Lake Region High School and Deering High School. Later, she was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and Westbrook College. She always had a strong interest in environmental planning, demonstrated through her contributions to many community projects.
She also had an artist’s eye and hands, whether she was using them with paint, flowers, fabric or fibers. Her other interests were varied. She sailed competitively in the Young Women’s U.S. Lightning competition, was an amateur geologist, and rode horses as a teen. Later, Lumsden served as a longtime volunteer at the Portland Observatory, and pursued her interests in Portland history and family genealogy.
Lumsden is survived by her four children: Amanda Baker, of South Freeport; James Bruce Lumsden, of Rockland; Christopher Lumsden, of Windham; and Danna McKinney, of Canton, Georgia. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Elisabeth Moon, Noah Lumsden, Sophie Lumsden, Matthew McKinney, Liam McKinney and Abigail Lumsden; as well as her brother, John F. Randall III, of Massachusetts.
The family extends special thanks to Androscoggin Hospice, the United Society of Shakers, friends and neighbors for all their help and love.
A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. A reception will follow in the church hall, and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lumsden’s name to The Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101.