Evelyn E. Elie

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AUBURN – Evelyn Edith Elie, 86, of 41 Biron Ave., Lewiston died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice where she was being cared for the past several weeks.

She was born in Lewiston, Nov. 22, 1919, the youngest of three daughters born to Edith (Durrell) Smith and Preston Smith. She was educated in local schools, graduated from Lewiston High School and remained a lifelong resident of this community.

She was married in Lewiston, Jan. 2, 1937, to the late Leo R. Elie, who passed away in January 1995. They were high school sweethearts and were lovingly married for 58 years. Together, they built their house on Biron Avenue around 1949, and raised a family of four children.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church. She was a devoted mother and a “homemaker” by choice until her children were teenagers. She then worked for several years at Geiger Bros and later at Hood’s Mailing and Printing. Prior to starting her family, she worked at Paine Incense and had fond memories of the aroma of the little pine cabins and pillows that she helped build and package while employed there.

She was a woman of integrity and compassion and was rock solid in her devotion to her family and friends. She had a deep respect for the Lord and often expressed sorrow for other less fortunate people in all parts of the world. She was charitable and spent countless hours assisting friends and relatives and visiting those who were sick or in need of attention.

She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for her refrigerator cake and jubilee jumbles. She loved cooking and entertaining for family gatherings and on the holidays and never forgot anyone’s important occasions.

She crocheted beautiful blankets and knitted colorful mittens for all her grandchildren. In her younger years, she used to play piano and her husband, Leo, would sing. Occasionally, they would play and sing in public and even recorded several albums for home use.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed filling her spare time making puzzles. She and her husband, Leo enjoyed traveling the world together. They visited numerous islands and countries throughout Europe and Asia. She rode camels, climbed the pyramids of Egypt, walked along the Great Wall of China, and stood where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount with the sun setting on the Sea of Galilee in the background.

In Alaska, she braved the white water rapids. She was a well read and self-taught intellectual and didn’t travel just for pleasure, but also to learn and better understand the marvels of creation. She will be dearly missed and always lovingly remembered by her family and many friends. Her life has been a gift to all who knew her. She was a terrific Nana and loved to have her grandchildren visit. They were always entertained to their hearts delight, especially when they would sleep at Nana’s overnight.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne Labranche and her husband, Dick, of Turner; three sons, Mark Elie and his wife, Louise, of Lewiston, Jonathan Elie and his wife, Melissa, of Leeds and Dana Elie, and his wife, Jean, of Lewiston; eight grandchildren, Kimberle Labranche, Rebecca Lebrun, and her husband, Lee, Sarah Elie-Melanson, Erica Therriault, and her husband, Tom, Joe Elie, Jane Elie, Isaac Elie and Kendra Elie; a step-grandson, Scott Elie; two great-grandsons, Jaydon Riendeau and Adrien Therriault; her special niece, Lorraine Cummins, and several nephews.

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