FREEPORT — Ann M. Petrie, 93, of Freeport, died peacefully on June 26.
Petrie was born April 30, 1921, in East Thetford, Vermont, the youngest of three children of John and Ella Morris. In 1932, the family moved to Brighton, Massachusetts.
With the help of a partial scholarship, she attended Simmons College and graduated in 1943 – becoming the first woman in her family to earn a degree from a four-year college. She then married Roger Petrie on the family farm near Island Pond, Vermont. The couple settled in Lexington, Massachusetts, and raised three sons, Tom, Steve and Keith.
For many years, Petrie was a homemaker and “stay-at-home mom,” but she eventually began teaching in the Lexington school system. Upon retirement in 1979, she and her husband moved to Maine, building a house in Gray. Roger died in 1983, and in 1990, Ann moved to Freeport.
Petrie was long active in the Calico Quilters, a local club through which she formed many enduring friendships. She enjoyed spending summers on Bustins Island, where she was known for treating grandchildren and neighbors to her chocolate chip cookies.
She also enjoyed travel, both with her husband and with friends. Petrie visited nearly all the countries of Western Europe, as well as Russia and many other destinations in Asia, North Africa, the Pacific Rim, Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite her travels, she did not seek a driver’s license until she was 59 years old.
Petrie was the unofficial historian of her family, recounting stories with rich detail and with a wry sense of humor until she was in her 90s.
She is survived by her three sons, two daughters-in law, four grandsons and their wives, a granddaughter, five (soon to be six) grandchildren, and two cousins and their spouses.
A memorial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Petrie’s memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 10505, Portland, ME 04104.