Obituary: Anna P. Gorham – Portland Press Herald
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Anna P. Gorham passed away on January 13, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama, aged 94.
Anna is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Sarah (Murphy) Lee; his brother and his wife, Thomas and Nancy Lee; his niece, Mary Lee, his nephew, Robert Lee; her sister and her spouse, Elizabeth Lee McClain and Robert McClain, her brothers the Reverend Robert Lee, Richard Lee and David Lee, her brother-in-law, John Gorham, his sisters-in-law Mary Gorham and Julia Gorham Flaherty; her niece, Kathleen Gorham and her nephew, John Gorham
Anna is survived by her loving husband, 55 year old Coleman P. Gorham. They were married in South Portland on July 4, 1964. They lived in Maine, Massachusetts, California, Florida and returned to Maine before moving to Birmingham, Alabama two years ago.
Anna lovingly remembers her sisters-in-law Dorothy Lee of Portland and Ann Lee of Chevy Chase, Maryland; nieces, Patricia McClain Bennet of Wheeling, W.Va., Kathy McClain Bonaccorsi of Portsmouth, NH, Kirsten Lee Asplin of Hemet, Calif., Maura Lee of Washington, DC, Megan Lee Hilah of Oakton, Va., Jeanne Gorham Johnson of Stafford, Virginia, his nephews Richard Lee Jr. of Arizona, Stephen Lee of Franklin, Wisconsin, Thomas Lee of McClain, Virginia, Timothy Lee of South Portland, Bryan Lee of Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Lee of Chevy Chase, Md., Matthew J. Flaherty of Birmingham, Alabama, Patrick Gorham of Wyoming, Del., F. Kevin Gorham of Greensboro, North Carolina; and several great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Anna Gorham was born in Portland on January 8, 1926. In grade 7, Anna was the Maine State Champion of the National Spelling Bee and was invited to the White House and met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She graduated from South Portland High School and received a BA in French from St. Joseph’s College, Standish. Anna obtained a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and attended Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She was an educator in the Maine and Massachusetts school systems and was a member of the Maine Teachers Association and the NEA. She led the International Life Experience and spent time in Paris, France.
Anna was an avid reader and loved books and crosswords. His hobbies were photography and travel. Anna was loving, compassionate, kind and warm. She has never met a foreigner. ??
A Memorial Mass will be held on September 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Portland with a funeral service at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to
The Sisters of Mercy,
c / o Sister Dale Jarvis,
230 Prospect Street,
Portland, ME 04103, or
Higher Education and Leadership Program for Haiti,
3 Coolidge Street,
Waterville, ME 04901