Obituary: Meg Kathryn Doughty – Portland Press Herald
RUMFORD – Meg Kathryn Doughty passed away on November 13, 2021 with friends and family by her side after a courageous two-year battle with colon cancer. She was 57 years old.
Meg grew up in New York State, attending SUNY Oneonta where she received her BA in Literature in 1986. She and her parents moved to Maine in 1988 where she worked in customer service before taking the teachers for secondary schools and obtaining her teaching certificate in 1991. She moved to Rumford in 1991, accepting a position as an English teacher at Mountain Valley High School. She taught there for 30 years.
While at MVHS, she helped establish the Humanitas program for freshmen before moving on to teach sophomores, seniors, AP literature and composition, and second year English. pre-AP. She has also taught electives in Creative Writing, Theater Arts, Mythology, and Harry Potter. She has been involved in the MVHS theater program for over a decade, directing plays such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Importance of Being Steadfast” and “A Christmas Carol” . A lifelong learner, she obtained her master’s degree in education at UMF in 2011.
In the last years of her life, she rekindled her passion for writing and, along with her writing partner and dear friend, made several works of fiction, including regency novels, fantasy novels and combinations of the of them.
Meg loved to travel, especially to Walt Disney World with her friends and family. During her university studies, she toured England with her concert choir, singing in cathedrals and chapels throughout the south of the country. She traveled to Washington DC to explore the many Smithsonian museums there and to New York, NY with her niece Jessica, to attend Broadway shows. Favorite shows included “Hamilton” and “Come From Away”. She had a special love for the seaside, especially Bar Harbor and Hampton Beach, NH, and she also loved cruises, going to Bermuda, Bahamas and Alaska.
An animal lover, Meg cherished her dogs, including Max, Merry and Pippin, who no doubt met her at the Rainbow Bridge. Her dog, Finn, who never left her during her battle with cancer, will go to live with her brother and sister-in-law.
Meg is survived by her brother Bill and sister-in-law Susan Emily of Scarborough, sister Susan and brother-in-law Eddy of Marlborough, Connecticut; his nephew, Jonathan and his wife Anne of New Gloucester, his niece, Jessica of Westbrook, his niece, Sharon and her husband Steve of Portland, Connecticut, and her nephew, Dan and wife Nichole of Glastonbury, Connecticut. nephew, Luke, and grandnieces Sophie, Endelyn, Rowan, Charlotte and Claire.
A private ceremony will be organized with the family at Meg’s request.
Instead of flowers, Meg asks you to consider donating to the Dempsey Center, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, or the Meg Doughty Book Award Scholarship through Mountain Valley High School.