Nancy Craig

October 5, 1934October 19, 2018

CUMBERLAND FORESIDE - Nancy Berg Craig died peacefully in the company of her family on Friday, October 19th. Nancy was born in Portland, the daughter of Eric and Elizabeth Cushman Berg. Nancy was a descendent of the Mayflower passengers and a 12th generation Mainer. She was married to the love of her life, Robert S. Craig, Sr. for 60 years. Nancy was the proud mother of Robert S. Craig, Jr. , Charles E. Craig, and Christopher C. Craig. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Kate Healy, Carson Craig, and Wendy Craig, grandchildren Will, Neil, and Emilie Craig and new grandchildren Emily and Seamus Healy.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, sisters Lisa and Betty Anne, brother Eric, husband Rob, son Robbie and granddaughter Katie.

Nancy grew up in South Portland and was an outstanding student in local schools. She later attended Smith College, and graduated as an Ada Comstock Scholar with a bachelor of arts in art history.

Rob and Nancy met at a Smith – Yale mixer and were married in 1953. They initially lived on the family property in Cumberland Foreside, then moved to Portland Street in Yarmouth in the early sixties. Seven years later, the family moved to Kents Hill, after Rob’s career moved to Augusta.

Kents Hill was good fit for the family; the boys attended Kents Hill School and the area had many outlets for the family’s interests in sports. Nancy and the entire family enjoyed tennis, skiing, sailing and golf.

In 1977, the family moved to back to Cumberland Foreside, where Nancy lived until her death. She loved the oceanfront peninsula, and was responsible for the beautiful gardens.

Nancy and Rob loved to travel and enjoyed visiting the Caribbean, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Baja, Mexico. Such trips usually involved sailing, golfing, tennis, skiing, or snorkeling

Nancy was an accomplished classical pianist, having studied and played until very recently. Her love of music had a big influence on her sons and grandchildren. Nancy also loved art, and devoted time to many arts charities, including The Parents Creative Arts that brought art to schools in the Augusta area, and the Portland Museum of Art where she was a docent for many years.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She was a beacon of optimism, and her vibrant presence and gracious, welcoming, and stimulating personality were a gift to us all.

A service will be held Saturday, November 17 at 2 pm and St. Mary’s Church in Falmouth Foreside, followed by a reception at the Portland Country Club.

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Dale Shields

December 4, 2018

My heart goes out to all of you who Nancy loved so much. I was Nancy's yoga instructor during this past year. We met through the Personal Training Program at the Casco Bay YMCA and did weekly private yoga sessions together at my home. She hoped that Yoga could help her build some physical strength and spiritual resilience after losing her husband and injuring her sacrum. Over our months together, she often expressed that, thanks to her family and friends, she felt like she was turning a corner and starting to enjoy life again. I only have one photo of her, which I have attached. In the photo, she is relaxing in a restorative chair version of Child's Pose which she found very comfortable and soothing. I sorely miss Nancy, her smile and our long talks about family members, meditation and books. Ironically, I had recommended a book to her called The Ageless Soul, by Thomas Moore, and the last time I saw her she said she was really enjoying it. I wish you all the best. Warmly, Dale