Deborah Anne Clague

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Deborah Anne Clague
1949 - 2016
- Deborah Anne Clague, 66, of New Portland, passed peacefully, in the company of dear friends, on Thursday evening, June 2, 2016, at the Hospice House in Auburn.
She was born on October 25, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, the fourth child and only daughter of James Gaskell Clague and Nora "Nona" Marion (Payne) Clague. She studied at Indiana University, l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne and, when her beautiful coloratura soprano voice had developed, later studied Opera in San Diego. Her favorite role was Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata.
Deborah moved to the UK in 1983 in order to further her singing career in London and in Europe. In 1985, while in negotiations to sing Violetta with a company in Kent (UK), she met their Rodolfo, (La Boheme), her future husband, opera singer Geoffrey Shovelton. They married in Kingsthorpe (Northampton) on September, 25, 1993. In November of 2001 they returned to Maine, to be close to her mother and stepdad, the late William Gardiner Young.
Deborah was always a gifted communicator, speaking and singing in a number of European languages. The gift was clear whenever she sang - whether in art song, folk song or opera. Her gifted hands created cross-stitch pieces that spoke to places deep in the heart, and removed pain through therapeutic massage. She was a licensed massage therapist who also taught "Comfort Touch" as a pain and stress management technique.
She was a life learner who continued her education at UMO, where she earned her master's degree in social work, and became a licensed clinical psychotherapist, working for Franklin Behavioral Services at FMH. During an internship, as part of her master's degree program, she taught "Comfort Touch" to the nursing staff at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, never realizing that the circle would one day be complete and that she would be the grateful recipient of the gift that she passed to the nursing care team, who continue to practice her teachings.
An outdoor person, she enjoyed long walks, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and regularly grabbing her binoculars to watch her beloved birds and the many splendors of God's creation.
Deborah is loved by her soulmate and husband, Geoffrey R. Shovelton of New Portland; her dear mother, Nora "Nona" M. Young of New Portland; her stepdaughter, Claire Shovelton of central London (UK); two stepsons: Dominic Shovelton and his wife, Clare of Berkhamsted in the Chiltern Hills (UK) and their two children: Maximilian and Leonora; and Bruno Shovelton and his wife, Emily of Oxford (UK) and their children: Jasper, Lydia, Daniel and Ivo; three brothers, Martin "Marty" Clague and his wife, Marilyn of Rye, N.Y., Timothy "Tim" Clague and his wife, Sharon of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Jonathan "Jon" Clague and his wife, Marci of Kansas City, Mo; and several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Rd., (Routes 2 and 27), Farmington. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning, June 18, at 11 a.m. from St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Pkwy., Waterville. Following services, a comfort reception for those in attendance will be held in the church annex. Inurnment of Deborah's ashes will take place at the Shovelton family grave in Atherton, Lancashire (UK), at the time of the eventual inurnment of Geoffrey's ashes. This will be in accord with Deborah's dear wish to lie beside Geoffrey in death. Tributes and condolences may be shared on her memorial wall at, where a video tribute may also be viewed.
In keeping with Deborah's passionate caring for others, her family suggests that memorial gifts be given to the
Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice
(ATT.: Hospice House
15 Strawberry Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240,
or to the hospice closest to your heart and home

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Wiles Remembrance Centers
137 Farmington Falls Road
Farmington, ME 04938
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Published in Central Maine on June 14, 2016
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