MACHIAS – Nannabelle Gray Carter, daughter of Justice Granville Chase Gray and Anna Wright Gray, passed away peacefully during the early hours Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at her family home. She was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Machiasport, at the home of her maternal grandparents, while her father remained on active World War I duty in Virginia. Nannabelle’s formative years were in Brewer, until the family moved to Presque Isle in the late 1920s, where she resided until 1992. As a girl, Nannabelle displayed a wide range of interests and a strong desire to excel. At the time of her 1936 graduation from Presque Isle High School, PIHS, Nannabelle not only had distinguished herself as Miss Presque Isle and editor-in-chief of the yearbook, SHIP, but also had earned letters in debating, athletics and music. That year, she continued her education at Colby College, where she pursued her geology major, AB, 1940. During World War II Nannabelle married Dr. William Caswell Carter. In the early years of their marriage they lived in Chicago, where Nannabelle helped conduct geological research of the dunes. Through the years, her interest in the land never diminished. Still active in her 80s, Nannabelle corresponded with the University of Maine at Orono’s Dr. Harold Borns about the disappearing coastline in the Down East region. Her personal recollections of the area around Machiasport and Holmes Bay contributed to Borns’ research in Washington County. Nannabelle spent the greater part of her professional life divided between teaching and art. While teaching at Washburn High School, she taught a course in aerodynamics. During World War II, Colby College “recruited” Nannabelle to teach physics and aerodynamics to the servicemen training in the town. In her class, a wind tunnel was built on campus. After her brief stint at Colby in 1955, Nannabelle focused on the secondary level in schools around the state of Maine, including Southwest Harbor, Washburn, Mars Hill and Machias. In 1959, Nannabelle went to Presque Isle High School, where she remained for 32 years of distinguished service. Initially she was an English teacher and debate coach. While completing her Master of Arts in education at the University of Southern Maine, 1978, at PIHS, Nannabelle established a work-study program for students with needs. Her art and audio-visual background helped keep these students motivated to graduate. Her day classroom was located in the same room as her ceramic kiln, where she taught ceramics to evening students. Nannabelle was an artist. Her study began as a girl in Presque Isle with Bessie Higgins and continued wherever she lived. In the 1950s, the American Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden, displayed one of her paintings, which had been recently acquired. In the 1960s she completed her training at the Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, where she explored the new media of intaglio prints and stoneware. Nannabelle’s business card reads, Pima Studios; Oil and watercolor paintings; prints and custom work. The logo is a favorite scene of Washington County’s Bailey’s Mistake, featuring its fishing pier and shack with an island in the background. Her favorite theses were seascapes, landscapes, harvests and their bounty. The acronym Pima for Presque Isle, Machias, Addison, was well chosen. Throughout all these years, Nannabelle contributed her skill of crocheting and knitting to help others. In Presque Isle, she crocheted hundreds of bandages for the leper colonies; in Machias, she crocheted blankets for babies. After a long and active lifetime, in her final years, Nannabelle enjoyed her participation in the community and memberships in Covenant Church of New Sweden; Machiasport Historical Society and National Republican committee. Although her contributions were widespread, she especially favored DAV and St. Joseph’s Indian School. She was a four-star member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, affiliated with Hannah Weston Chapter, Machias. Her interest in the conventional history of Maine includes such items as, 1) Chief John Soctoma was the last chief of his tribe in Machiasport. When the Native Americans were relocated in the reservations, her family was able to plead the cause of Chief Soctoma. 2) Holmes Bay, Machiasport, is commemorated as the site of the first naval battle during the Revolutionary War. Geologists, the U.S. Navy and the oil industry know Homes Bay because it is the deepest natural harbor on the East Coast of the U.S. The Wright/Holmes family is descended from Miles Standish, the military leader of the Mayflower. Nannabelle and Everett are descended from Miles Standish and his third wife, a Huguenot by the name of Pineot. Nannabelle’s life enriched the lives of many people through her quiet, unassuming, loving presence and we thank her with much love. Her survivors include a son, Benjamin Carter of Baltimore; a daughter, Candace Carter of Machias; a brother, Everett Gray of Bangor; a niece, Karen G. Atkinson of East Falmouth, Mass.; a nephew, David E. Gray of Brewer; and a beloved first cousin, Marcia Wright Holmes of East Aurora, N.Y. Private committal services and interment occurred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer, with arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home of Machias. Gifts of remembrance may be made in her name to Colby College, Waterville, ME.