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Obituary for Nadia Helena Rand

Nadia Helena Avery Rand, 92, a lifelong resident of Old Town, Maine died Thursday, March 7, 2024, in Saco, ME, with her son by her side.

She was born October 26, 1931, the daughter of Frank and Helena Avery of Milford, ME.

Nadia attended Milford and Old Town schools and took night classes at University of Maine, Orono, working hard to get a degree in child development which was her long-time goal.

Nadia was a member of the original Old Town Head Start staff. She worked her way up to teaching director and worked in the Old Town Center for 17 years, retiring when her husband of 40 years, James, passed away with cancer.

Together, the couple had four sons: Lee of Lincoln, Jay of Brewer, David of Kennebunkport, and Alan, now deceased.

Life was good, spending childhood at the camp in Greenfield with all the Avery family and later spending her happiest summers at their cottage on Beech Hill Pond in Otis.

She became an associate member of the Otis Baptist Church. Nadia was an active member and had many friends in the Town of Otis and friends living on Beech Hill. This was the happiest time of her life with family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Nadia had two very special Christian friends, now deceased: Arlene Flanders and Joan Oliver. The three of them traveled together for many years.

Nadia was predeceased by two sisters, Gloria Salisbury and Betty Comstock , She also survived by her sister Natalie Storman and her special, life-long friend, Theola Dawes.

The William and Gail Rand family of Old Saybrook, CT were like her second family, and she loved them all dearly.

She had many extended family members, nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral. A private graveside service will be held at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town, Maine to be determined on a later date.

Please remember Nadia with gifts donated in her memory to The United Baptist Church, 86 Middle Street, Old Town, ME 04468.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence please visit Nadia’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in the care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.