Miriam L. Nappi, 78: Loved community theater, animals and nature

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Miriam L. Nappi, 78, formerly of South Portland, died New Year’s Day after a brief hospital stay.

Nappi was New England girl’s rifle champion at age 13. She and her father and brother all actively promoted firearm safety and exhibitions of trick shooting. She was also Pleasantdale Grange teenager of the year.

Nappi was a member of the Rainbow Girls-South Portland Chapter; a Sunday school teacher, North School PTA president and secretary; den mother for the Boy Scouts of America; performer and head usher at Lyric Theater; and Mod Mother’s dance group, which performed for many charities and community events.

Nappi devoted her life to family, supporting them always in everything they did. She loved community theater, animals and nature. 

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Nicholas “Nick” Nappi Sr.

She is survived by three children, Nicholas, David, Cindy, and a granddaughter, Nicole; a brother, Francis “Joe” Bromley; a sister, Anita M. Pendexter, of Ludlow, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center for their care.

A memorial service was held Jan. 6, at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland, followed by a celebration of life to follow at Fore River Brewery in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lyric Theater in South Portland or the local community theater of one’s choice.