Annie (MacKinnon) Hastings, 91, of Bethel and beloved wife of the late Henry Hastings Jr., passed away Nov. 16, 2012.
She was born in Mexico, daughter of the late Colin and Lillian (Decker) MacKinnon. A graduate of Mexico High School (1938) and Rumford Nursing School (1944), she worked as an RN for Androscoggin Home Health, Dixfield Nursing Home, and Rumford Community Hospital. She was a homemaker for many years and worked in her husband’s law firm.
Annie was a volunteer in many organizations over the years, including Bethel Historical Society, West Parish Congregational Church, Sunday School Teacher, Scouts, Sunday River Skiway, and the Masons. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Bethel Historical Society and the West Parish Congregational Church.
In 1968 at the age of 47, she suddenly became widowed. She went back to work, put her children through college, and lived a full, happy, and independent life. Over the years she took into her home her mother, her husband’s aunt and her childhood friend Fred Hayden to care for.
Annie was a people person, and she enjoyed her many friends. She lived at 1 Main Street in Bethel for 64 years and enjoyed talking on her front lawn to passers-by. She loved her home and her simple, lovely flower garden on the front lawn as well as her mother’s roses by the garage. She was very proud of her grandchildren Heather and Charlie and was most pleased to know of their upcoming college graduations – both with Master’s degrees. Her adopted cat Enoch was a famous Bethel citizen for many years.
Annie is survived by her son, Stephen Hastings and his wife Rebecca of Norway; her grandchildren, Heather Hastings and Charles Hastings of Norway; her daughter, Cynthia Cox and her husband Graham of Perth, Scotland. She was predeceased by her siblings, Donald MacKinnon, Charles MacKinnon, Pearl Hutchinson.
Annie was residing at Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center for the past six months. She was most pleased that many of her friends came by to visit or sent cards and letters. Her 92nd birthday would have been on Thanksgiving this year, so in her memory please enjoy that time and the holidays with your families and friends.
A graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Bethel will be announced in the spring.