Elinor Grant (Buzzell) Geel


Elinor Grant (Buzzell) Geel, 90, passed away peacefully April 16, 2018, at Orono Commons Healthcare Facility in Orono. She was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Bar Harbor, daughter of Lloyd and Phyllis Buzzell.

Elinor was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alonzo (Lonnie) Geel, and sibling Vernon Buzzell. She is survived by her two sons, Dana Geel of Frankfort and David Geel of Portland. Two grandchildren, Andrew and Robert Geel.

Elinor graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1945 and attended Washington State Teachers College. She received her master’s in education from the University of Maine. She taught school for 30 years around the state of Maine. When she retired from teaching, she moved home to Bar Harbor to start the first bed and breakfast in town at that time. Her passion for 40 years was the Thornhedge Inn and the many guests, who she saw as her second family.

The family would like to thank and recognize Sharon Halloran, who was her loyal employee and companion for many of those years. They would also like to thank the team at Orono Commons for their constant care and support of Elinor at the end of her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Elinor’s memory may be made to the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor.

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