Elizabeth Jameson Duckett, 93, passed away on a “bluebird day,” Feb. 6 at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus surrounded by family.
Known to many as Peggy, a name given to her as a child by her brother William, she was born in Waldoboro to Agnes May and Foster Davis Jameson on June 20, 1924.
Growing up on her father’s poultry farm, she made many happy memories in her youth. From days of romping with her Airedales, Tom and Jerry, feeding her pet seagull Johnny, to spending endless days with neighborhood friends, Peggy developed a love of family and community.
Another important part of Peggy’s life was her tie to the sea. Spending countless hours sailing on the Foster D. or the Peggy J. with her grandfather and father, or picnicking and camping on islands off of Friendship, she developed a spiritual connection with nature. She loved sea heather, rugosa roses, horsetail clouds and her favorite tree, the chestnut.
Raised in a family that valued education, Peggy graduated from the University of Maine, at Orono and then went on to teach in Fort Fairfield and Grosse Pointe, Mich., returning to Maine to teach Social Studies and English at Lincoln Academy from 1962 to 1986. She also started the field hockey program at LA.
“Mrs. Duckett” was a wonderful role model to many people. Students, who in their rebellious teen years may not have seen value or potential in themselves, were respected and appreciated by her. Later, some of “her posse,” as they were affectionately known, would see her on the street and take the time to hug or chat with her.
Being of true Irish decent, Peggy, or Mim as she was known to her family, enjoyed a good cup of tea and the kettle was always on the stove. She was also known to use the quote, “Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end.”
Peggy enjoyed many sports, having played six-on-six basketball at Waldoboro High in her youth. She loved watching the Duke women’s basketball team, her favorite golfer “Irish boy” Rory McIlroy and tennis player, Roger Federer.
Peggy was predeceased by her brother, William Jameson; daughter, Susan; and husband, Peter C. Duckett.
She leaves behind children, Amy Lessner (husband Alan), Duff Duckett, Peter D. Duckett, and Elise Lisle (husband Skip); grandchildren, Kate Mitchell (husband Ryan and children Colby, William and Owen), Nicholas Lessner (wife Jessica and daughter Evelyn), Hillary Greenleaf (husband Chad and daughter Charlotte), Emma Lisle, and Forrest Lisle; nieces, Claudia, Ellen, Betty, and Pat; as well as many grandnieces and nephews.
Family will be celebrating privately in the summer.
In her memory, donations may be made to the Skidompha Library, so that others may continue to find joy from local authors such as Barbara Cooney and Glenn Chadbourne.