Ann W. Morrill, 53: Gardener with a joy for life
PORTLAND — Ann Wakefield Morrill, 53, died Thursday, Nov. 18, after a courageous 18-month battle with brain and lung cancer.
Born in Portland, Dec. 3, 1956, she was the youngest child of Mildred A. and William C. Morrill Jr., and attended Portland schools.
After she graduated from Deering High School in 1975, she attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she began a lifelong friendship with roommates, Bonnie and Leilani.
Upon receiving her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1980 from UMF, she began her elementary schoolteaching career, sharing her laughter and love of learning with each class.
Seven years ago, she moved back to Portland and focused on her love of gardening and her decorating talents. The home she shared with her companion Peter had immaculate and extensive gardens, where they enjoyed listening to the birds and tending the perennial flower beds together.
She loved the ocean, and was always traveling to Higgins Beach, Pemaquid, and her family's cottage on Sebago Lake to spend time with friends and family.
She lived her life with joy and cherished the little things.
In addition to her companion, Peter Davidson, she is survived by her two brothers, Tom and his wife Leslie, and Jon and his wife Holly; her niece Jesse and her son Presley, and her three nephews, Nicholas and his wife Dorian, Ben and his partner Vienna, and Deven and his wife Melissa; and many friends who were like family, Leilani and daughter, Leifa, and Peter's family, who loved her as their own, Betty, Gretchen, Rob and Bonnie and their families.
The family would like to extend their gratefulness to Dr. Devin Evans for his compassion and the staff at the Gibson Wing at Maine Medical Center, and at Gosnell Hospice House where she spent her last days surrounded by love and comfort.
A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 22, at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St. Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland.
To sign the guestbook, please visit jonesrichandhutchins.com.