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POWNAL - Anna B. Golding, 89, died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at Gosnell Hospice following a short illness.
Anna was born Sept. 13, 1929 in Yarmouth to the late George E. and Miriam L. (Morrison) Thoits. She went to Yarmouth schools and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1947. Anna attended every class reunion including the 70th.
After graduation she worked for a lawyer in Portland. Anna married John B. Golding from Pownal on December 27, 1947. In 1952 they moved to Yarmouth, after living in Freeport and Pownal a short time. Later they bought a farm in Pownal, which burnt to the ground in October 1967. Anna was working in Freeport at the time at Freeport Shoe Co. so they moved to Freeport. She continued working in footwear in later years, retiring from L.L.Bean after working on the Bean Boot.
Anna displayed great devotion to her family. Becoming a mother to a grandson in her sixties. She hosted many Thanksgiving Day events. Extended family members gathered at her country home on Sunday afternoons with the men often competing at horseshoes.
After retiring they built a home in Pownal, where she enjoyed watching the birds for twenty years. Spending hours in front of the TV she knit mittens for many children and dishcloths for the women she knew. Often found with keys in hand she was ready daily to drive to lunch or shopping.
Anna read the newspaper daily while reheating her morning cup of tea. She enjoyed the challenge of the crossword puzzles as well as books of word finds.
Her devotion to family was returned to her as she navigated her last days with us. She will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their heartfelt care during a difficult time.
Anna is survived by John, her husband of 70 years; a daughter, Janice (Stephen) Litchfield, a son, John; six grandchildren, Kyle Golding whom she raised, Krystal Golding (Levi) Curtis, Gage Golding, Autumn Golding; Sarah Litchfield (Ronald) Hills and Daniel (Heather) Litchfield and five great-grandchildren; Hannah Hills, Caleb, Emma, Micah and Aliza Litchfield.
Anna is survived by three brothers; Carl (Carole), Russell (Anne), Harvey Thoits, and her only sister, Donna Reynolds. She is predeceased by three brothers; Maurice “Pat”, John, and Linwood.
At her request there will be a graveside visitation in the spring for extended family and friends.