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Emilie Borgwald MacNaughton

Oct 26, 2017

Emilie Borgwald MacNaughton passed away peacefully at her home on Sanibel Island on Thursday, October 5, 2017, a few months shy of age 98. She and her beloved husband of 65 years, Bob, had been winter residents of Sanibel since the early 1980’s. In 2011 after Bob’s death in 2009 Emilie became a full-time resident of Sanibel.

Emilie Anna Borgwald was born in Montague City, Massachusetts on February 6, 1920 to parents Carl and Dora. The family moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1921 where her father became a music teacher at Central High School. Emilie grew up with her older sisters Edna and Helen. Emilie lived in Duluth until 1938 when she left to finish a degree in home economics at the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 1941 working for the WPA in Minnesota and in a test kitchen in New York City during WWII.

Bob and Emilie first met while members of the children’s choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where Emilie’s father was the music director. Emilie and Bob married on January 19, 1944 at her sister’s church in New Jersey after Bob finished his military training at the Coast Guard Academy. They paid for the wedding with his uniform allowance.

After the war, Emilie and Bob moved to Milwaukee, WI where Bob began a 34-year career with Ernst & Ernst (predecessor to Ernst & Young). Bob’s career took them to Des Moines, IA in 1951 and Washington, D.C. in 1970.

Emilie and Bob first came to Sanibel, FL in the late 1970’s and purchased a condominium at Gulfside Place in 1986. In 1993 they moved back to Des Moines, IA from Washington, D.C. where they enjoyed spending their summers until 2009 when Bob died. Emilie continued to spend winters in Sanibel until 2011 when she decided to become a full-time resident. Emilie loved Sanibel’s beauty and enjoyed many happy years there.

Emilie was a devoted life-long Episcopalian singing in church choirs until her mid-80’s. She always enjoyed working on the alter guild which included St. Paul’s Duluth, St. Luke’s Des Moines, St. John’s Lafayette Square Washington D.C. and St. Michael’s and All Angels Sanibel. She was a gifted seamstress, knitter and quilter.

Emilie is survived by her three children, Carol White (Jay) of Apple Valley, MN, Jim (Sacha) of New York City and Ann Rawls (Brewster) of Richmond VA and seven grandchildren, Christian, Tracy, Brewster, Christopher, Kathryn, Emily and Margaret. In addition, she deeply loved her extended family, Kelly Hays, Laura Gates, Vicki Stewart, Kelly Stacy, Kathy Anderson, Francie Harmon and Ann Meyer.

A funeral will be held at St. Michael’s and All Angels Sanibel on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.