Beatrice 'Bea' Tabbutt Ellis, 90

Sep 21, 2012

Swanville — Beatrice "Bea" Tabbutt Ellis, 90, dearly loved mother, grammie and great-grammie, left this world in the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2012, at her daughter’s home, where she had lived in her loving care since May. She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Swanville, the daughter of Zenas Tabbutt and Flora (Seeley) Tabbutt.

Bea worked for many years as a CNA until the age of 80, when she retired. She was well liked by her co-workers, who knew her as someone they could always count on to be there and lend the extra helping hand. She lived, fiercely independent, at her farmhouse in Swanville until November of 2011. She will be remembered for her love of books, her forthright communication style, and her tenacious attitude.

She is survived by her youngest brother, Kenneth Tabbutt, and his wife, Barbara, of Meridian, Idaho; her five children, Jack Z. Higgins Sr. of Merrimack, N.H., Arthur V. Ellis of Antrim, N.H., Willard R. Ellis and his wife, Carol, of Landisville, Pa., Florence R. Estabrook and her husband, Tim, of Frankfort, Laurie Allen and her husband, Mark, of Plains, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Jack Higgins Jr., Jason Higgins, Mark Ellis, Courtney Whetzel, Brandon Ellis, Richard Clark II, Laurie Karnes, Caleb Allen and Tiffany Allen; as well as 23 great-grandchildren.

Bea was predeceased by her sisters, Faye Plowman, Madelaine Sanborn, and Florence Tabbutt, who died in childhood; her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Higgins; grandson Erik Higgins; and husband, Willard B. Ellis, whom she married Nov 9, 1941.

There will be a graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery in Swanville on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Rick Lambert officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to the Greenlawn Cemetery Association, in care of John Rohde, 12 Dockside Lane, Belfast, ME 04915.

Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 31 West Main St., Searsport.

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