Anne Lisa Akeley
August 5, 1959 – June 16, 2019
Anne L. Akeley
1959 - 2019
YARMOUTH- With her loving family by her side, Anne Lisa Akeley passed away on June 16th, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. Anne lived her best life filled with family, friends, a successful career, and countless days at Higgins Beach and at Little Madawaska Lake.
She was born August 5th, 1959, in Caribou, Maine, the daughter of Darrel and Betty McDougal. Anne graduated from Caribou High School in 1977 and worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the local pool during the summer months. She went on to receive her degree in Court and Conferencing Reporting from Husson College in 1981.
In August of 1979, she married her husband, Dale Akeley and settled in Yarmouth, Maine. They had two daughters, Sarah, born in 1983 and Abby, born in 1985.
Anne had a celebrated career as a Court Reporter and later, a Real-Time Captioner. While working for Pieske Reporting Services from 1981-2004, she was a Court Reporter for various occasions and was a member of both the Maine and the National Court Reporters Association. In 2004, along with so much support and encouragement from her dear friend, Shari Majeski, ventured into Captioning. She worked with Shari at Maine CART and Captioning until 2007 when she joined LNS Captioning. Anne worked for LNS Captioning, a national captioning business located in Portland, Oregon, from 2007 until her illness necessitated her retirement in 2016. Anne was not only the captioner with the highest accuracy rate at LNS year after year, she was professional, poised, and gracious under all situations. Whether captioning a contentious city council meeting or an NFL football game for a huge audience, Anne was the best. And she will be remembered and missed by her friends at LNS.
Anne and her family were so fortunate to have a camp on Little Madawaska Lake, right down the road from her loving parents. Every holiday, long weekend, and summer break Anne, Dale and the kids would pack up the car and head north. She loved being with her family and close to the water. Later, the family fell in love with Higgins Beach and Anne took great pride and care in making sure many days during the warmer months were spent there with her children and grandchildren. So many beautiful memories were made while looking for sand dollars, playing in the tide pools, and watching four generations fish for stripers.
Anne loved being outside. Whether she was with her husband and grandson lobstering on their boat, enjoying a sunny day on her front porch, or going for a walk with a friend, you could always find her enjoying a fresh breeze and the sunshine. She found great joy in the sanctuary created by her loving husband in her own backyard; on any given day she would watch pileated woodpeckers, blue birds, orioles, and even the occasional eagle visiting the feeders or flying overhead.
Most of all, Anne loved being a Mother and a Grandmother. Known as Ammy by her adoring 4 year old granddaughter, Lydia, and 8 year old grandson, Hazelton, Anne was an incredible cheerleader at hockey games and dance lessons. She would light up every time she saw her grandchildren and was so proud of everything they did. She showered them with love and attention and made sure that they knew just how special they were to her. Hazelton and Lydia loved their Ammy and enjoyed every moment they shared together.
Anne is predeceased by her mother, Betty McDougal. She is survived by her father, Darrel McDougal; her husband Dale, their daughter Sarah Lundin and her husband Michael, and their daughter Abby Berry, her husband Daniel and their two children Hazelton and Lydia; a sister Cindy McNeal and her husband John; a brother James McDougal and his wife Carol, their son Eric and his wife Rachel and their two children Alana and Colin; a sister Andrea Hutchinson and her husband Steve, their daughter Kathryn and her partner Marc Scott, and their son Patrick; a sister Elaine McDougal and her partner Steve Cady, and her son Kyle Robida; Mother-in-law Marie Bagley and husband Winston; Sister-in-law Carla Cyr and husband Michael, and their sons Bradley, Douglas, and Gregory; Brother-in-law Steve Akeley and his wife Rebecca, his son Jeremy and his wife Heather and their son Ethan, and his son Andrew.
Her family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the New England Cancer Specialists and her incredible Doctor, Dr. Christian Thomas and his dedicated team. Additionally, the family would like to acknowledge and thank her compassionate Home Hospice team as well as the caring staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories or offer their condolences by visiting Anne’s online guestbook at www.lindquistfuneralhome.com
A celebration of life will be held at 11am Saturday, June 22nd, in the Commodore Room at Patriot Insurance Company located at 701 Route One in Yarmouth. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096. 846-4011 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to: Yarmouth Cares about Neighbors, or the Center for Grieving Children.
- Darrel McDougal, Father
- Betty McDougal, Mother
- Dale Akeley, Husband
- Sarah Lundin, Daughter
- Michael Lundin, Son-in-law
- Abby Berry, Daughter
- Daniel Berry, Son-in-law
- Hazelton Berry, Grandson
- Lydia Berry, Granddaughter
- Cindy McNeal, Sister
- John McNeal, Brother-in-law
- James McDougal, Brother
- Carol McDougal, Sister-in-law
- Eric McDougal, Nephew
- Rachel McDougal, Eric's Wife
- Alana McDougal, Great Niece
- Colin McDougal, Great Nephew
- Andrea Hutchinson, Sister
- Steve Hutchinson, Brother-in-law
- Kathryn Hutchinson, Niece
- Marc Scott, Kathryn's partner
- Patrick ., Great Nephew
- Elaine McDougal, Sister
- Steve Cady, Elaine's partner
- Kyle Robida, Nephew
- Marie Bagley, Mother-in-law
- Winston Bagley, Marie's husband
- Carla Cyr, Sister-in-law
- Michael Cyr, Carla's Husband
- Bradley Cyr, Nephew
- Douglas Cyr, Nephew
- Gregory Cyr, Nephew
- Steve Akeley, Brother-in-law
- Rebecca Akeley, Steve's Wife
- Jeremy Akeley, Nephew
- Heather Akeley, Jeremy's wife
- Ethan Akeley, Great Nephew
- Andrew ., Ethan's son
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 22, 2019
Anne Lisa Akeley
June 24, 2019
A kind, dear & gentle soul who will be sadly missed. I had many classes with Anne and will fondly remember her as my cheerleader when we played basketball together @ CHS. My deepest sympathies to all of her family & dearest friends.
June 22, 2019
June 21, 2019
I would like to offer my conferences to Dale and all family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you
June 20, 2019
Dear Dale, Sarah & Abby,
Sending my deepest sympathy to you all. I will always remember Anne's kindness and sweet smile.
June 19, 2019
Anne was a beautiful, peaceful, and a classy Lady. She was a remarkable wife, wonderful mother, and loving grandmother. I’ll always have special memories of Anne. She leaves a legacy of kindness and I thank her for my beautiful great nieces and my great-great nephew and niece. I will miss you Anne and I thank you for being in my life. Love to Dale, Sarah, and Abby and the children.
June 19, 2019
My wife and I wanted to offer our condolences to Dale and the rest of Anne’s family as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
June 19, 2019
When Cheryl and I started our freelance court reporting firm, Anne was our first choice when expanding our business became a necessity. I would echo the sentiments of others regarding Anne's grace and kindness. For the more than 20 years we worked together, Anne displayed a level of class and professionalism that made her stand out among her peers in the legal community. More than that, she was a wonderful friend. Although we didn't stay in touch as often as we may have liked once Anne moved on in her professional career, Anne was never far from our thoughts. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dale and family.
June 19, 2019
Anne was and will continue to be the source of unwavering love for her family. Unassuming, she centered them completely, and we are all fortunate to have known her. Dale is her biggest fan, and we take his lead in the love and support of our own families.
June 18, 2019
Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this time. We are so very sorry for your loss.
June 18, 2019
When I moved next door to Dale and Anne in 2015, I came to know Anne as a cheerful, calming, graceful presence. We shared many talks about our children and grandchildren over the imaginary fence between our properties. I loved her lilting laugh that would sound like a trilling bird when her sister visited. I loved her appreciation for the beautiful gardens and bird sanctuary that Dale created in their yard. I loved her fortitude and determination to enjoy her family and her life to the fullest. I already miss her presence. My deepest condolences to her family who loved her so much and to all those who had the privilege of calling her their friend.