Margaret Mary Naples, 97: A passion for sports, fashion

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PORTLAND— Margaret Mary Naples, 97, died Oct. 13 at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco. She was born in Portland on Dec. 5, 1914, to John J. and Jane M. (Doherty) Locke. She attended Portland schools.

Family was the central focus of her life. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

She married the love of her life, Frank Naples, and prior to his death, they shared 55 years together raising their five children on Munjoy Hill. She was a very fashion conscious lady, and for years, it was common to see Naples walking daily from Munjoy Hill to “downtown” Congress Street to shop for the latest fashions.

Naples was employed by Porteous, Mitchell and Braun for many years prior to her retirement. She participated in and volunteered with a number of church, civic, and school organizations. After her retirement she volunteered for many years at the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop.

Naples was an enthusiastic fan of all sports. She enjoyed the ocean and in her early years her favorite swimming beaches were East End Beach and Higgins Beach.  She was an avid reader and also enjoyed gardening, particularly when she and her husband lived in Falmouth. She loved and enjoyed many gatherings of family and friends and enjoyed hosting family for her Italian delights when she prepared “Papa Frank’s” special recipes of spaghetti and meatballs or chicken cacciatore.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank J. Naples; a son, Frank J. (Naples) Napolitano Jr.; and a granddaughter, Linda Napolitano.
Surviving are three daughters, Katherine J. McDonald and her husband, Frank, of Scarborough, Mary Jane Ashley and her husband, Jim, of Scarborough, and Joanne M. Yates and her husband, Peter, of Alexandria, Va.; a son, Dickie (Naples) Napolitano and his wife, Susan, of Higgins Beach; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Napolitano, of Tucson, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren, Michael Napolitano, Mark Napolitano, Lisa Weems, Erin McDonald, Stephanie Hurley, Mary Ellen Powers, Jacqueline Caron, Michael McDonald, Sean McDonald, James E. Ashley III, Susan Kistner, Gregory Ashley, Christopher Ashley, Jennifer Yates, Caroline Zambrowicz, Richard J. Napolitano Jr., Stephen Napolitano and Andrea Napolitano-Romer; 29 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a funeral at 10 a.m. Oct. 17, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. in Portland. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Her family gratefully acknowledges the care provide by the entire staff during her residency at Seal Rock at Atlantic Heights.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Naples’ honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.