Anita Richard Card Daley, 95: Famed local runner

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SCARBOROUGH — M. Anita Richard Card Daley, 95, of South Portland, formerly of Westbrook, died Dec. 10 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough from complications due to a fall in August.

She was born in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of John W. and Marie J. McCaie Richard, on Sept. 22, 1917. She moved to Maine when she was 4. 

Daley was a 1935 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland. Following high school she worked for Horn, Blower and Weeks, a division of the New York Stock Exchange. She later worked for Sidney Branson in Windham.

On Sept. 4, 1954, she married Harry Card, and he predeceased her on July 15, 1962. On June 20, 1964, she married Henry Armand Daley, in Westbrook.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Westbrook for many years.

Daley was a very active person. She was a longtime member of the Gorham Country Club and the Ladies Golf League, where she served as secretary. She also enjoyed bowling and was a league member for several years. She loved to dance, spending many evenings dancing to Don Doane at Valle’s. She also enjoyed line dancing twice a week until she was 93 years old.  

She competed in the Beach to Beacon Race for several years, winning the Johnny Kelly Award for the oldest finisher each time. Her family was featured in the media for having four generations participate in the annual race.

In addition to her first husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Norma Provencher.  

Survivors include her husband, Henry A. Daley, of Scarborough; a daughter, Lyndell C. Lavigne, and her husband, Mark, of South Portland; a son, Richard H. Card, of Levant; a step-daughter, Patricia Driscoll, and her husband, Robert, of Greene; three stepsons, Patrick Daley and his partner, Linda, of Saco, Jeffrey Daley and his wife, Mary Ann, of Cumberland, and William Daley and his wife, Maria, of Santa Clarita, Calif.; a sister, Jeanette Theresa Payne, of Florida; a brother, Eugene Richard and his wife, Grace, of Rochester, N.H.; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Rhoda Leroux and Kay Shannon, both of Westbrook. 

A funeral was held Dec. 13 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough. Interment followed at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. 

Those desiring may make donations to: The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101.