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Nina M. (Batstone) Pollard

December 11, 1924 ~ March 2, 2018 (age 93)

Nina Mae (Batstone) Pollard went home to be with the Lord at the age of 93 on March 2, 2018 at her home in Kittery, Maine after a sharp decline in her health following a series of illnesses. She was born on December 11, 1924 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. The most significant event in her childhood is when she received the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of eight. Her father read to her from John 6:51; “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give him is My flesh which I shall give for the life of the world.” In the kitchen of their home, her father illustrated his point with a piece of bread and told her that as she received it and ate it, so she could “eat” Christ and make Him her very own Savior. She graduated as valedictorian of her class from Central High School in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. At age twenty two she immigrated to the United States with her family. Her parents settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. Shortly after, she traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend Emmaus Bible School. A young medical student was auditing classes at Emmaus with whom she became acquainted and their relationship blossomed into marriage. She wed John Pollard in Chicago on the eve of Thanksgiving 1950. She settled in Massachusetts where she resided with her husband for over sixty years. They had four children and she worked hard as a homemaker. She was active in their local church, Countryside Bible Chapel in Lexington, MA, teaching Sunday School and participating in and leading Bible studies. She shared her gift of hospitality with many. Her daughters are awestruck at the memories of the feats of hospitality she demonstrated such as large roast beef dinners on a beautifully laid table, after a busy morning meeting with the church, complete with homemade pies for dessert. She also hosted family and guests, such as visiting missionaries in their house, providing a comfortable refuge for those far from home. She liked books. She read to her children and grandchildren and spent many hours lost in a good book — usually non-fiction and biographies of people she admired. She enjoyed gardening and gracing her home with flowers. A lover of nature, she would educate her husband and children about the flora and fauna of God’s amazing creation. She enjoyed fashion and interior decorating in a small but meaningful way, providing beauty and loveliness for those with whom she lived. Throughout her life she modeled a life in close communion with her Lord. Prayer and time spent in God’s word were important to her on a daily basis. She communicated this to her children and all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, John (Jack) Pollard  of Kittery, Maine, (formerly of Bedford, MA), three siblings Brennan Batstone of Seal Beach, CA, Donald Batstone of El Granada, CA, Agnes Anderson of Leesburg, FL; her four children Jacqueline (Kim) Carlson of Vero Beach, FL, Donald (Belinda) Pollard of Milford, MA, Douglas (Patty) Pollard of York, Maine, and Margaret (David) Cunningham of York, Maine.  She also leaves 12 grandchildren Sarah (Andrew) Carlson-Lier, Sean Carlson, James Carlson, Ruth Pollard, Carrie (Tommy) Sites, Julia Pollard, Alicia Pollard, Caitie Pollard, John Cunningham, Andrew (Vanessa) Cunningham, Rachel Cunningham, Amy Cunningham, and three great grandchildren Henry, Julien, Johan Carlson-Lier.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews.  Services:  Monday, March 5: Funeral service at 2 PM at Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York, ME 03909 Wednesday, March 7: Gravesite Service at 11 AM at Shawsheen Cemetery, 1 Shawsheen Avenue, Bedford, MA 01730 In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to: Countryside Bible Chapel - Mission fund, 480 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA 02420 Berea, 68 Berea Road, Hebron, NH 03241

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