Falmouth — Mary-Agnes (Mag) Wine, 90, died at Falmouth House at OceanView on February 17, 2013.
The daughter of Aaron P. Pratt, family doctor, and Agnes Daniels Pratt, violinist, she was raised in Windsor, CT and attended Chaffee School. She received her BA and MA from Mount Holyoke College and attended Yale Medical School.
In 1946 she married Ira Wine of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and together they moved to Portland in 1952 where they raised their four daughters.
Mag’s passion was education. She taught biology at Bowdoin College for 22 years after teaching for a few years at the University of Maine, Portland (now called USM), and was always pleased when encountering former students years later. She taught less formally as a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hut system in the White Mountains and at the AMC’s Cold River Camp in Chatham, NH. For many years she authored the “Wine’s Line” natural history column in the AMC Maine chapter’s newsletter. She also taught several Elderhostel courses and was involved in a project to provide more educational opportunities for gifted children of Maine.
Mag loved to hike and spent much of her free time in the mountains of New England. She and Ira were both proud members of the AMC 4000 footers club. After retiring from Bowdoin, she found time for trips to England and Antarctica, and at age 75 hiked the famous 33.5 mile Milford Track in New Zealand. She and Ira were volunteer staff for the fall season for over 25 years at Cold River Camp. In 2002, they received the AMC’s Joe Dodge Award in recognition of all their various contributions to the organization over the years.
As a naturalist and environmentalist, Mag was involved throughout the years in many organizations including the Josselyn Botanical Society, the Maine Mycological Association, Maine Audubon Society, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and Friends of Casco Bay as a Baykeeper. As a commitment to civic duty, she was a poll worker for the elections in Portland and, later, in Falmouth for many years.
She was active in various committees and roles for more than 50 years in the Portland Friends (Quaker) Meeting, most recently serving on the Earth and Spirit Committee for several years.
Mag loved music. She sang in many choral groups over the years and enjoyed going to concerts. During her final days in this world, she was cradled in soft music.
Mag is survived by her four daughters, Mary Patience Wine of Hawaii, Nancy Comfort Wine Codere of Maine, Rebecca Hope Wine Marquez of Massachusetts, and Abigail Grace Wine of Massachusetts, by seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Ira Wine, and her brother Aaron Paul Pratt, Jr.
Mag’s family is very grateful for the loving care and compassion given to her by her extraordinary team of caregivers, by the staff of Falmouth House, and by the staff of the Hospice of Southern Maine.
A celebration of Mag’s life will be held in the Quaker tradition at 2:00 p.m. on March 3, at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME 04103. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1 Ste 1, Scarborough, ME 04074-9925.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Mag’s guestbook.