Myrtle Ann Crocker Hanna passed away Nov. 10. She was born in Portland on Feb. 20, 1932, the daughter of Captain Claude P. Crocker and Barbara Stilphen Crocker.
Married to George H. Hanna on Nov. 4, 1950, they were married 65 years and raised their family in New Harbor and Pemaquid Falls, and moved to Round Pond in 1972. She and her husband George were active in the Bristol Footlighters, and loved to host family Christmas Eve gatherings. They were terrific dancers and never passed up the opportunity to dance.
She began working at the Bristol Consolidated School in the late 1960s as a teacher’s aide, and studied to become a teacher. She graduated from the University of Maine Orono in 1970, and began teaching at the Nobleboro Central School that year. A few years later, she transferred to Bristol Consolidated School where she taught fifth grade and junior high reading. She retired as a much loved and respected teacher in 1992.
After her retirement, she continued to live in Round Pond and traveled often with her husband George. She also turned to painting and produced many wonderful landscape and floral acrylic paintings.
She was a long-time member of the New Harbor and Round Pond United Methodist Churches, and was involved with church activities and ministry until her health precluded participation earlier this year. She was a member of a group of friends called the “Knitters Club” that established lifelong friendships.
She moved to the Lincoln Home in Newcastle in May of this year, and passed away quietly on Nov. 10, surrounded by her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, George; sister, Joyce Coleman; son-in-law, Vincent Doherty; grandson, Stephen Hanna; and granddaughter, Myrtle Elizabeth “Meg” Lane.
She is survived by her sister, Claudia Hatch and husband Fred; children, Barbara Hanna, Amy Doherty, Chad Hanna and wife Mary, and Nathan Hanna and wife Nancy; grandchildren, Erica Swift, Alyssa Doherty, Chad Michael Hanna and wife Aimee, Brynne Whitney and husband Andrew, Jared Hanna, Kaitlin Hanna and husband Salum “Abui” Salum, Thomas Hanna, and Matthew Hanna; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews too numerous to count.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17 at the Round Pond United Methodist Church. A gathering will follow the service at the 1812 Farm in Bristol Mills at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol First Responders, 104 South Side Rd., New Harbor, ME 04554.
Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.