SEAL COVE — Elaine R. Smith, 91, died Feb. 2, 2015, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born March 4, 1923, at home in Seal Cove, Maine, the daughter of Arthur H. and Lelia A. (Reed) Rumill.
Elaine grew up in Seal Cove, graduating from the South Seal Cove School, Pemetic High School and the Bangor School of Commerce. Fifty years later, she received an honorary degree from Husson College, successor to the Bangor School of Commerce. During World War II, she worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., coming home to help her older sister, Theolyn, with her newborn baby, then returning to Washington to work for the U.S. Treasury Department.
On Aug. 15, 1944, she married Emery W. Smith. After the birth of her daughters, Elaine became leader of the Seasiders 4-H club and much later, a member of the board of directors of the Tremont Historical Society.
Elaine is survived by her children, Michael Smith; David Smith and his wife, Pamela; Gina Kilgore; Joanne Beal and her husband, Dwain; and Sylvia Porter and her husband, Jeffery; by her sister, Ferne Leonard; by her grandchildren, Anna Smith, Rebecca Smith, Stephen Smith and his wife, Caren, Lynn Piacentini, TinaMarie Rumpel, Ty Morfit and Weston Porter; and by her great-grandchildren, Kaileigh Smith, Dominique Rumpel, Natalie Rumpel, Leana Moffett, Gunther Moffett and Violet Moffett; her great-great grandson, Daniel Wills; by cousins and by many nieces and nephews, especially Charley Erskine and Howard Leonard. She was predeceased by her husband, Emery W. Smith, and sisters, Theolyn Erskine, Lurlene Murphy and Ava Gott.
A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held in the spring.
Gifts in memory of Elaine may be made to the Tremont Historical Society, P.O. Box 215, Bass Harbor, ME 04653.
Arrangements by: Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.