Priscilla E. Ferrelli

priscillaPORTLAND - Priscilla E. Ferrelli, 84, of Atlantic Street, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Maine Medical Center. She was born on March 6, 1932, on Chebeague Island in the family home, a daughter of Bernard and Doris (Doughty) Nida.

Priscilla grew up on the island but attended Portland High School where she was a cadet. She met Robert W. Ferrelli while roller skating and the two married in Portland on March 17, 1954. They lived in a house on the Eastern Promenade and their children and grandchildren would spend time at their Chebeague Island home. She worked many different jobs, such as a crossing guard for the Portland Police Department and JJ Newberry's, as well as a personal care professional at Seaside Nursing Home. At home, she would sit up at night and sew or knit clothes for her children. She had a strong love for elephants, reading, and tea. Her family meant the world to her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Ferrelli; infant son, Robert W. Ferrelli Jr.; and brother, E. Bernard Nida (Bounce).

She is survived by four daughters, Debra Boothby and husband Mark of Scarborough, Doris Lee and husband Mike of Pennsylvania, Bobbi Ferrelli of Gorham, and Priscilla Martell of Portland; son, David Ferrelli and wife Elizabeth of Cumberland; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Burial will follow at Chebeague Cemetery on Chebeague Island. To view Priscilla's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Priscilla's memory to the
American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300
Topsham, ME 04086