Debra Ann Nale passed away on May 19, 2018 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Deb was born in Hamilton Township, N.J., to William Nale Jr. and Lydia (Golaski) Nale on April 22, 1958. She graduated from Steinert High School and Bucks County Community College with an associate degree in computer science.
She worked for the state of New Jersey from the time she was 18, working at the Department of Personnel, the Office of Information Technology and the Department of Corrections. Deb took early retirement and followed her sister to Maine, purchasing a house in Southwest Harbor. She relocated permanently to Maine in 2010.
Her garden was very important. Anyone who dropped by was offered a tour of her flowers, vegetables and herbs. She hiked regularly with the Footloose Friends hiking group in all seasons of the year. Most years she walked all the carriage roads in and out of the park, often finishing the final sections on cross-country skis. She enjoyed sailing on Somes Sound in her friend John’s sailboat. She was an excellent Mah Jongg player and often played twice a week.
She loved Nantucket, spending two to three weeks a year there with her friends from New Jersey, Kelly and Ann. She enjoyed walking the beaches, exploring the quaint towns, and sampling the restaurants from Madaket to ’Sconset.
Debby’s volunteer work at Island Connections was so exceptional a new award was created for her named “ALL AROUND MVP.” She made significant contributions to the organization as a driver, transportation coordinator and information technology consultant. In 2012, she was the recipient of the David P. Evans Memorial Award, Island Connections’ highest volunteer award.
Deb is survived by her sister Susan (Nale) Graf, Sue’s husband, Donald Graf, of Southwest Harbor, and good friend John Lawrence. Also many first, second and third cousins spread across the country and her four-footed “kids” Pierre and Petey, two Tonkinese cats.
Friends are invited to gather for a celebration of Deb’s life on Thursday, June 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the Harbor Ridge Club House, on Freeman Ridge Road in Southwest Harbor.
Gifts in Deb’s memory may be made to Island Connections or Jackson Lab earmarked for cancer research.