Teresa A. Arsenault (Nana), 86, died unexpectedly Oct. 9, 2002, at her home in Brooks, Maine. She was born in Brooks on Oct. 11, 1915. She had traveled to Alaska six times in her life, and Homer was one of her favorite destinations.
She was an avid outdoorswoman and loved fishing, camping, gardening, hiking, bird-watching and sightseeing. In her younger days, she used to snowshoe long distances to tap maple trees and boil the sap down in the woods to make maple syrup.
She was the head of a blueberry-raking crew for many years, and instilled in the young people she hired a work ethic that will never be forgotten. She was an excellent cook, and her specialties included baked beans, fresh bread and yeast rolls, homemade doughnuts, apple pies, Indian pudding, and blueberry cheesecake.
She loved to make quilts and Raggedy Ann dolls, as well as mittens for the entire family.
She played the game of cribbage well, and once played partners with some locals at the Salty Dawg saloon. She spoke of that game often.
Her grandson, Tony Arsenault, wrote, "Nana, along with you goes a big piece of our hearts, and a way of life we will always remember. May you rest in peace."