Barbara R. Doughty Wilcox, who spent her entire life on or near the ocean, died Nov. 18, 2000, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was 61.
Mrs. Wilcox was born in Falmouth, a daughter of Herbert and Charlotte Doughty, and attended school on Chebeague Island and Portland High School. She earned a nursing degree from the Southern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute.
She worked at local nursing homes and, later, as a private-duty nurse.
Growing up on Chebeague, Mrs. Wilcox developed an early appreciation for the ocean and its bounty. She often went out on her brothers' boats to fish and lobster.
"She liked to fish, clam and lobster. She just did it all," said her oldest daughter, Cindy L. MacDonald of Naples. "She loved to do those sorts of things outside. She loved the water."
Always handy and hardworking, Mrs. Wilcox, with the help of one of her sisters, built her own home on the island, her daughter said.
Mrs. Wilcox also enjoyed arts and crafts, knitting, crocheting, gardening, birds and animals. With one of her sisters, she made frequent trips to the animal shelter in Bridgton, usually to deliver afghans to the dogs there.
"She crocheted these little afghans for them so they wouldn't have to lie on the bare cement floor," her daughter said. "It made her feel good to know that when the dogs were adopted, they had a little blanket to take with them, something of their own."
She used her skill with a knitting needle to make slippers, scarves, mittens and hats, which she gave to friends and family. "Everyone she knows has a pair of her slippers, or some mittens she made," her daughter said. "As a matter of fact, a nurse at the hospital had a scarf that my mother had made for her 12 years ago."
Surviving are two daughters, Cindy L. MacDonald and Tamara L. Wilcox, both of Naples; three sons, Frederick F. Wilcox of Scarborough, Rusty A. Wilcox of Portland and James S. Wilcox of Naples; two sisters, Mickey Hanmer of Naples and Glenna L. Quimby of Westbrook; two brothers, Robert Doughty of Phippsburg and Ronald Doughty of Naples; seven grandchildren and two great-grand- children.
Visiting hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.