Obituary: Carolyn “Cally” Mary (Chandler) Moore

Carolyn “Cally” Mary (Chandler) Moore

CUMBERLAND FORESIDE – Carolyn “Cally” Mary (Chandler) Moore of Cumberland Foreside, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend, died on May 20, 2022 in Westbrook at the age of 77.

A descendant of several generations of Mainers, Cally was born November 29, 1944, in Ridgewood, NJ, where her parents William H. Chandler and Anna Verrill Chandler DeMunn lived during World War II. After the war, his family returned to Maine, settling in a small apple orchard in Cumberland Center.

Cally attended local schools – where she met her true love and future husband Robert Moore in 5th grade. She attended the Greely Institute before graduating from Gould Academy in 1963. She studied at Wheaton College before leaving school to join the new Volunteers in Service to America (now AmeriCorps VISTA) in West Virginia. After her tenure at VISTA, she moved to New York, NY where she met her first husband, Alfred Hankins. Together they returned to Maine, where she graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a BA in English and later a Masters in Education.

After graduation, they moved to Canada where she taught school and studied weaving in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. She continued to work as an educator while raising her children, Luke Hankins, Morgan Hankins and Linsey Short, with love, care and kindness. Cally shared her curiosity and love of learning with her children, all of whom she homeschooled through college.

As a child of an engineer, Cally followed in her father’s footsteps and returned to school in 1990 to study electrical engineering at the University of Delaware. After graduating, she earned a master’s degree in electrical power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995. She worked at DuPont, Honeywell, and Varian Semiconductor, before returning home to Maine.

Cally found great joy when she was reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Bob Moore. They lived happily together for 18 years, playing golf, spending time with family and friends and traveling together – France, Scotland and California were some of his favorite destinations. After retirement, they spent winters at Loblolly in Hobe Sound, Florida, and summers at home in Maine. Cally and Bob celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary in May.

A keen gardener, Cally always found a place to grow vegetables wherever she lived. She was particularly fond of her garden plot at Maine Audubon in Falmouth. She enjoyed exploring Maine by kayak or canoe, hiking and long road trips. From childhood, Cally was an accomplished skier as well as a flautist with many orchestras.

Cally loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and loved keeping in touch with her older sister Margaret “Peg”, her two younger sisters Jane and Barbara and their families. She brought warmth, love and a sparkling sense of humor to every family gathering.

Cally spent her final years at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook, where she was lovingly cared for by its skilled staff, who helped her find comfort and pleasure despite her life with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cally is survived by her husband, Robert Adair Moore; and three children, Luke and Lindy Hankins and their children Sabrina and Nathaniel; Morgan Hankins and Deanna Volkmann and their daughter Sonja; and Linsey and Jonathan Short and their children, Merritt and Camden. She was also blessed with three amazing daughters-in-law, Katy Rand, Libby Derrig, and Karen Hankins, and their families.

Cally lived a life filled with laughter and love, long conversations and the best hugs. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of Cally’s life will be held at the Friends of Portland reunion in August.

Online messages of condolence may be submitted through the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website,

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests donations be made in Cally’s memory to Maine Audubon

in Falmouth.

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