Nevin Bengur

Southwest Harbor

Nevin Bengur, a resident of Southwest Harbor for 37 years, died on Jan. 24 at Roland Park Place, a retirement facility in Baltimore, Md., at the age of 97.

Nevin was born and raised in New York City, where she attended Hunter College. Before moving to Southwest Harbor, she resided in Washington, D.C., where she raised her children and taught nursery school and English as a Second Language until her husband, Ali, retired. Nevin, her husband, Ali, and daughter Sara then lived in Istanbul, Turkey, for seven years before they moved to Southwest Harbor in 1978.

Nevin was a devoted volunteer at the Wild Gardens of Acadia and was a dedicated member of the board of Alstrom Syndrome International of Mount Desert. She also enjoyed helping on the committee boat for the Southwest Harbor Bullseye fleet (even though she never learned to swim), playing tennis at the Causeway Club and gardening. She was also an excellent cook and loved to entertain friends with her trademark vodka on ice.

Her husband, Ali Bengur, died in 1984. She is survived by Belkis Bottfeld (Gary) of Atlanta, Ga., Osman Bengur (Vicki Schultz) of Baltimore, Md., Resai Bengur (Susan Garland) of Davidson, N.C., Sara Bengur of New York, N.Y., five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A son, Halim Bengur, died in 1957.

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