Nancy Adams, 76: Consummate hostess who enjoyed traveling

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PORTLAND — Nancy (Baldwin) Adams, 76, of Chebeague Island, died Sept. 19.

Born in Springfield, Mass., she was a daughter of Dr. Edward H. Baldwin and Mrs. Marguerite S. Baldwin. She graduated from Classical High School and later graduated from Colby Junior College in New London, N.H.

In 1953, she married David L. Adams and lived in Cape Elizabeth for many years while they raised three daughters.

While living in Cape Elizabeth, she was an active volunteer in the Junior League of Portland, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine Medical Center and State Street Congregational Church.

Later, she moved to Scarborough and worked for the Prouts Neck Association.

Chebeague Island had long been a summer retreat for her and her family. Eventually she made the island her year-round home, taking pride in her newly renovated and winterized cottage. She became involved in island organizations, including the Chebeague Island Library, Chebeague Island Long Range Planning Committee, the Chebeague Island Yacht Club and Great Chebeague Golf Club.

Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and gardening. She enjoyed skiing and organized many family ski vacations over the years.

Always a welcoming hostess, she often held impromptu gatherings with interesting people, including a long-running weekly gathering her friends called “Friday Night Live.”

She traveled extensively, with memorable trips to Egypt and Europe.

Surviving are two sisters, Suzanne Fisk and her husband Peter of Worthington, Mass., and Jody Lexow and her husband Eric of Jamestown, R.I.; three daughters, Deborah A. Bowman of Chebeague Island, Eliza Jane Adams and her husband Rockland Helpin of Cumberland and Betsy B. Adams of Cambridge, Mass.; and five grandchildren, Marguerite, Cooper, Mariah, Tim and Oliver.

Memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A church service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow at her former home.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Chebeague Island Council, P.O. Box 12, Chebeague Island, ME 04017 or the Island Commons, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.