Nan was a great many things to a great many people – a loving wife and mother, a fearless leader, a strong advocate, a mentor, a friend.

Nan will be missed. She has made a tremendous difference in countless lives and has changed this world for the better. Most importantly, Nan cared. Her long, accomplished career comes down to one thing – helping people. Her many skills were means to that end. I don’t think the awards she won meant as much to her as the victories of Pine Tree clients who had nowhere else to turn. She was a joy and an inspiration to work with, and we will be guided by her example.

She will be remembered as a legendary figure who fought for decades to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people were upheld and to address systemic barriers to justice.
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The Nan Heald Fund was created to honor Nan's legacy and to serve Maine families with low incomes in Western Maine where Nan grew up. Nan’s love for Oquossoc was ever present and she returned to vacation there every summer of her adult life, where the perfect day started with a lake swim, included blueberry picking, a moose or bald eagle sighting, and ended with a s’more or other “touch of sweet.”

Nan's service was held on Friday, February 4th, 2022. A recording of the event is available for anyone who could not be there on the day.
"Nan is one of my heroes" -Senator Angus King, begins speaking at 22:20
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