FALMOUTH – Sally Speare Lutyens, 77, composer, writer, artist, teacher and creative spirit, died peacefully July 22, 2005 at her home in Falmouth, after a courageous two month battle with cancer. Born Oct. 31, 1927, in Syracuse, N.Y., to George Carlton Brown and Frances Wilcox, she lived most of her childhood at the Nolde family home, Punches Run, in Reading, Pa. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Mass. and attended Bennington College and the University of Southern California, where she pursued her music career. She studied piano for many years with concert pianist Claude Frank and in the early 50’s worked in the fashion industry in New York City, serving as personal assistant to hat designer Lily Dache and as editor of Charm magazine. In 1953, she married her true love, Thomas Bishop Speare, who was tragically killed three years later. She was subsequently married to David Mansfield Lutyens until 1963. She raised four children (two from each marriage) as a single mom in Weston, Mass., where she was also a piano teacher, entrepreneur and head of the music department at the Cambridge School of Weston. In 1974, she followed her heart and moved to Southwest Harbor, where she renovated a big, old house, and taught music privately and at the College of the Atlantic. Her creative energy and talents touched many people’s lives through her music, writing and art and in her every day life as a loving mother, friend, teacher and loyal volunteer. A highly regarded composer, her compositions were performed most notably by Chorus Pro Musica in Boston and the Newport Opera Festival under the direction of Donald Palumbo. Recently she was inspired to write an oratorio based on the book, First Light: Acadia National Park and Maine’s Mount Desert Island, which will be performed in Bar Harbor, Aug. 27 and 28 under the direction of Tom Wallace. In 1997, she moved to Portland, where she continued to write stories, compose and produce music and became a dedicated volunteer at Portland Landmarks, Portland Stage Company, and 75 State Street. She is survived by her four children, Thomas Speare and his wife, Reinette, of Newport, R.I., Sarah Speare and her husband, Michael Brennan, of Falmouth, Christopher Lutyens and his wife, Julie, of Jamestown, R.I., and Lesley Lutyens and her partner, David Golden, of Cambridge, Mass. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Nicholas and Emmett Brennan and Lucy and Sam Lutyens, as well as a brother, Christopher Nolde of Washington, D.C. and a sister, Frances Nolde of Boxborough, Mass. A tribute to her life and indomitable spirit will be held 2 p.m. Aug. 27, 2005, at St. John’s Church in Southwest Harbor. Gifts in her memory and in support of the production of First Light: An Oratorio are welcome and may be directed to: Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or at www.friendsofacadia.org.