ENFIELD, Conn. — Eleanor M. “Ellie” Stratton passed peacefully July 26, 2021, in hospice care in Newport, R.I. Born in Belfast Oct. 1, 1934, to Richard and Lillian Whitcomb, she has one surviving sibling, Gertie Whitcomb, of Waldo.

She graduated from Crosby High School, a member of the National Honor Society, in 1953. She went on to Husson College, completing her program in one year with honors.

Ellie is survived by her husband of 66 years, Earle M. Stratton (Enfield, Conn., formerly Bangor), whom she met at a Husson College dance. Their children are Brent Stratton and Mary Baba, Sandra and Russell Cox, Jeff Stratton and Lynn, and Ann Stratton; she had many grandchildren, Matthew Cox and Alissa, Christopher Cox, Scott Stratton, Michael Stratton and Cathleen Stratton; and a great-granddaughter, Stella Cox.  Dwight and Pat Marshall and Laurel and Everett Maddocks helped Ellie and she had many other nieces and nephews in Maine and around the U.S.

Ellie worked as a dishwasher in the old Darcy’s building on Main Street and at the candy store. Moving with Earle to Enfield, Conn., she worked in an office, as a crossing guard, in retail and for the U.S. Post Office in Hartford. She loved the outdoors, flowers, reading the paper, but mostly shared her love of family generously.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lamoine Beach Road, Lamoine, followed by a luncheon at Helen’s Restaurant in Ellsworth.

Arrangements are with Jordan-Fernald, Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.

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