Elizabeth Ann Nickerson Westervelt, March 4, 1925~January 26, 2017

WesterveltElizabeth Ann Nickerson Westervelt, age 91, passed away January 26, 2017 at home in Winslow, AR, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine on March 4, 1925 to Florence MacDougal Nickerson and Herbert O. Nickerson.

Following Ann’s father’s death, and her graduation from Fort Fairfield High School in 1942, she and her mother moved to Portland where she continued her education, and worked part- time at the YWCA.  Later, Ann went to Miami, Florida where she worked at the YWCA; it was during WWII and Ann’s work was registering families who would be able to accommodate the families of service men and women who came to visit them.

In 1950 she married the love of her life Harry M. Westervelt, and moved to Freeport, Maine where they raised their children and cared for her mother and his parents.

Ann was an active member of the First Parish Church Congregational where she taught Sunday School, was Church Clerk and Treasurer of the Mizpah Women’s Group

She retired from the BH Bartol Library, as Head Librarian, in 1993, after 25 wonderful years.  Ann thoroughly enjoyed her work, as well as the people she worked with and the people she met.  Ann was on the Building Committee for the new Freeport Community Library and she was also on the Library Board.

Ann was very proud of her community and was active in many groups.  In addition to her Church involvement, she was a Brownie Girl Scout Leader, and a member of Freeport Music Boosters, Dollars for Scholars and always a supporter of Freeport sports programs.  She was a Board Member of the Freeport Community Services many years ago, and was thrilled to be chosen “Citizen of the Year” in 2003.

In later years, Ann moved to Arkansas to be with her daughter Gretchen and husband Gregg, and where she could be close to other family members.  She was able to attend many family gatherings, with those locally and from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and California.  She was very happy in Winslow, where she attended the Blackburn Community Covenant Church.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband in 1972, and by her two sisters, Stella Gray and Lucia Spear, and two brothers, Donald Nickerson and G. Gilbert Nickerson, as well as her parents.

She is survived by her family of whom she was so proud.  Twin daughters, Gretchen Melancon and husband, Dr. Gregg of Winslow, AR, and Nancy Betterley and husband, Carl of Springdale, AR;  son, Carl Westervelt and wife, Wendy of Portland, ME; grandchildren, Eric Goud and wife,Deb, Sarah Abbott and husband, Doug, Andrea Theis, Gretchen Cardarelli, Alex Westervelt, Ryan Westervelt, Monica Aaskov and Cole Aaskov;  and great-grandchildren, Madeleine and Elena Goud, Colin and Emily Abbott, Lucia and Chase Theis and AJ Cardarelli and Emily, Kenzie and Caleb Walker. She is also survived by Nancy Rogers, the Melancon family and the Sumner Smith family.

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, 11:00 A.M, at the Blackburn Community Covenant Church in Winslow under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blackburn Community Covenant Church Building Fund c/o Marsha Cooley, Pastor, P. O. Box 165, Winslow, AR  72959.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Washington Regional Hospice for their kind and loving care.


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    Barbara Krause » 28. Jan, 2017

    Ann Westervelt was a dear, dear friend to my mother, Mary Jane Krause, in Freeport, Maine. Our families had such close connections and even after my mother passed in 2002, I enjoyed my calls with “Mrs. Westy.” I will miss her humor, her intellect, her compassion, and her calling me “dear.” My heart is with all the Westervelts and their families and loved ones. Thanks for posting such a lovely picture: it brought joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. Much love, “BP”

    Carol Krause-Nealis » 28. Jan, 2017

    Dear Westervelt clan (and I use that word in its very best sense), I’m so glad that we got to speak with Mrs. Westy at Christmas time. My mom, Mary Jane Krause, never got to me my husband, Bill Nealis, but Mrs. Westy did; her approval let me know that he would have had my mother’s approval, too. While I was in seminary, I was privileged to have Mrs. Westy allow me to interview her for one of my classes. The story which she shared about how one of Freeport’s “characters” showed more compassion, when Mr. Westervelt died, than many people with whom she thought she was closer, still reminds me that angels come in all shapes and sizes. May you find messengers of comfort and grace all around you at this time. Love, Carol Anne

    Ruth Walker Porter » 29. Jan, 2017

    The are no words to express what dear Ann meant to me. I have loved her since high school, loved her more when we attended church together, and loved her “to the moon” in 2006 when my Mama died. Ann held me in her arms and told me “I will be your Mama from now on.” She was just that and I will cherish her memory and the poems we wrote each other over the years. I’ve missed you, Ann. I’ll miss you for every opportunity I had to tell you how much I love you. Peace and prayers to Gretchen, Nancy, and Carl – and all who love you.

    Jay River » 29. Jan, 2017

    Our sincerest sympathy to the family and friends at this your time of loss. We wanted to share a thought found at Job 14:14,15 it states, “If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory serviceUntil my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you.You will long for the work of your hands.” May you have peace and comfort.”


    M. Jean Haycock » 30. Jan, 2017

    Condolences to Ann’s family, from Casco Chapter #160 of Freeport, Maine. Anne will be remembered in our records as the last member of Casco Chapter to pass away. Friday evening
    Casco Chapter #160 of Freeport merged with Golden Sheaf Chapter #114 of New Gloucester.
    Ann will be missed by her friends and Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers of Casco Chapter.
    Jean Haycock, Sec.

    Mike and Pat Cooper » 10. Feb, 2017

    Gretchen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you during this difficult time. With our deepest sympathies, Mike, Pat, Hunter and Sara Cooper