Anne M. Royer, 81: Legal assistant, loved living on Squirrel Island

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SOUTH FREEPORT — Anne MacDonald Royer, 81, of South Freeport, died Feb. 11, with her daughter by her side.

She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 31, 1934, the daughter of Judge Herbert S. “Hub” MacDonald and Margaretta Miller “Marge” MacDonald. She married Frank C. “Dick” Royer in New Haven Sept. 8, 1956.

Royer attended the Foote School and Prospect Hill School in New Haven, and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in English in 1956. After graduation, she taught fourth grade in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the couple moved back to New Haven in 1957, Royer worked as a research assistant in the Yale University English Department. In 1971, the family moved to South Freeport, where Royer lived for the rest of her life. She taught in Freeport elementary schools until 1979, when she went back to school to become a legal assistant. Royer worked for 12 years at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, primarily in bankruptcy and litigation. She retired in 1992.

Royer was a devoted member of the South Freeport Congregational Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the council, the Music Committee and Called to Care. She was a trustee of the B.H. Bartol Library (now Freeport Community Library) in the mid-’70s and was a longtime member of the Harraseeket Yacht Club. She spent her summers on her beloved Squirrel Island. She loved her neighborhood, the library, kayaking, biking and swimming, and she was an avid and accomplished gardener.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

Royer is survived by her daughter, Phebe Royer Quattrucci and her granddaughter, Tessa of South Freeport; her brother, Herbert Stanley MacDonald Jr. of Southwest Harbor; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 27, at the South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: Friends of Acadia, 43 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or The Squirrel Island Library, c/o Elizabeth Powell, 20 Walker St., Newtonville, MA 02460.