Nancy May Reed


Nancy May Reed of Southwest Harbor peacefully drifted away on April 14, 2018. She was born August 3, 1939, to Ralph and Eva (Thurston) Reed. Though small in stature, Nancy’s love and caring for others was huge. She shared her musical gift as a pianist by playing for weddings and funerals, whenever asked. She also helped many students with typing term papers, but she wrote long hand, beautiful letters to local serviceman representing our country near and far.

Nancy grew up in the town she loved, Southwest Harbor, and attended Pemetic High School, graduating in 1957. Walking around the corner from school, she got her 1st job at L. S. Robinson Real Estate and Insurance Company, as a secretary. Continuing education made insurance her career and she retired 52 years later. During this time she made many life-long friends and acquaintances.

Caring for her parents, family and friends was a big part of Nancy’s life. She always made birthdays extra special by bringing a “bag present” to siblings of the birthday child, spent hours playing games, cutting out paper dolls or treating all the children that visited, to snacks that she had made or purchased especially for them. Sitting beside her on the piano bench, while she either taught or just played for a sing-a-long, was a wonderful experience. Transporting her dad and mom, later in life, even, including taking her dad to basketball games, she did gladly.

Enjoying retirement, she went to every Danny Harper Concert, sitting right up front. She made even more friends, through the great gigs and travels, with Danny. She was happily surprised with a personal concert from Danny while she resided at Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center.

In her travels, around her part of Maine, Nancy met so many people with which she loved to talk and joke (she loved a good joke) that there is no way to know all the names that should be mentioned. Please feel free to go to the online condolences page for Nancy at and leave your name with a story about how you became acquainted with Nancy; it would be greatly appreciated.

Nancy was predeceased by her father and mother, Ralph and Eva, and her sister, Margaret Ann (Reed) Brown.

She will be lovingly remembered by her Aunt Pauline (Thurston) McEachern, (Nancy so enjoyed her stays, with Aunt Pauline, Carol Ann, Glenn and Kathleen Murphy) and by Millie Thurston (Uncle Leslie’s wife), who visited her often at Ridge Apartments and Courtland Rehab and Living Center.

Others of her family and friends that will remember Nancy with love are:

Niece Cindy (Brown) (who kept Nancy’s life comfortable and organized and was there whenever she needed her), husband, Bruce Crowley, sons, Ricky and wife, Amanda Crowley, grandchildren, Riley, Logan and Makinley Crowley; and Jeff Crowley.

Nephew, Scott Brown, (Nancy so loved visiting ~ (Itty Bitty Diner), and wife, Kathy Brown, daughters, Michelle Brown and Amy Holler ~.

Nephew, Allen Brown, (who, also, was there whenever Nancy needed him) and wife, Stacie, and son, Justin Brown.

More loving family ~ Uncle Leslie’s family.

Kathy (Thurston) and Bill Thurnau and children, Billy Thurnau and son, Caleb; Gretchen (Thurnau), and husband, Dave Neimann, children, Beau and Jaqueline ~.

Paula (Thurston) and Guy Dunbar, children (Nancy’s God children), Kirstie and husband, Dave Kari, children, Jack and Leo Kari; Hollie Sawyer and Budd Williams, children, Joshua Sawyer, Jolene and Guy Williams; Lucas and Sarah Dunbar, children, Mallory, Phoebe, Cassidy and Aubrey Dunbar ~.

Susan (Thurston) and husband, Doug Douglas, children, Brennan Spofford; Peter Benson; Marie (Benson) and husband Chris Connell, children, Athena, Liam and Garret Connell; Maxine Benson; Carl, Kris and Max Douglas ~.

Bill Thurston and Gabrielle Lecesne.

Aunt Pauline’s family.

Leslie and wife, Janet McEachern, children, Matt, and wife Sarah, children Ashley and Lindsey McEachern; Shelley (McEachern) and husband, Josh Mitchell, children, Jacob and Sam Mitchell ~.

Molly (McEachern) and husband, John Melrose, children, Betsy (Melrose), and husband, Nate Poulin; Paul Melrose and children, Colin and MacKenzie Melrose; And and wife, Cathy Melrose ~.

Aunt Louise’s family ~.

Freddy and Madeline Richardson, daughter, Brenda (Richardson), and husband, Kenneth, son, Kenneth Jr., Jessica and Joshua Carter.

Julie (Richardson) Rodick, and husband, Doug, children, Lisa (Greenlaw) and husband, Larry; Glenn Greenlaw, and daughter, Katie Greenlaw, and grandson, Bryson Greenlaw.

Donations in Nancy’s name may be given to the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert.

Know when to pay your respects.