Cheryl A. Nanos

FALMOUTH, ME – Cheryl Ann Nanos passed away at home on August 19, 2017, following a courageous three-month battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. She was born January 21, 1951, to Jane (Hodgdon) and Frank J. Nanos in Westbrook, Maine. Cheryl graduated from Deering High School in 1969, and completed post-secondary studies at USM. As a young girl, she enjoyed the friendship and travel of both the Portland Assembly #1 Order of the Rainbow for girls and the Corner Stone chapter. 

A highly imaginative and witty mind guided Cheryl throughout life. Smiling, singing, and dancing with Portland Co-Opera, Lyric Theatre, and the Woodfords Congregational Church choir, she put her talents into her work and volunteer environments — including Woodfords Church boards and committees. Perhaps the capital campaign fundraising, including reconstruction of the church’s Wicks Organ, was a favorite moment.  

The art departments and production management for various print shops (Casco Print, Seavey Printers, Union Mutual’s print shop) were home to Cheryl’s many skills in the graphic arts field. This Yankee girl even went south to Columbia, SC for UNUM/Colonial Life in the late 90s for a two-year stint to set up a new print/mail distribution center there. Cheryl’s L.L. Bean career began in 2001, as a Senior Supervisor in Distribution. She was promoted to Assistant Manager, Distribution Operations in 2012; in 2014, she joined L.L. Bean Security as Operations Manager.  

Cheryl’s unique gift was her ability to inspire people to always reach higher, to listen to one another, and work together. Quick with a joke and a smile, her earthly presence will be missed by many friends, co-workers, family, and animals. We’re sure Cheryl and her horse Buster are now together trotting through lush green fields. 

Cheryl leaves behind her partner Julie Motherwell; sister Pam Barrows; brother Paul Nanos, niece Rebecca Barrows and her partner Tommy Bailey, and grandniece Madison; nephew David Nanos; and fabulous neighbors and friends who stepped up to help Cheryl’s life changes be easier ones. 

We are especially grateful to the VNA Home Health Hospice professionals, and to Theresa Gray and Brandi Greene of ‘The Girls at Home Care’ for their gentle caring of Cheryl as she neared her final journey. 

As Cheryl requested, there will be no public services.  

Donations in her memory: a cancer research center of your choice; Woodfords Church music program (, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103; MSSPA, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (, 279 River Rd., So Windham, ME 04062; or VNA Home Health Hospice (, 144 State St., Portland, ME 04101.

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