RUMFORD — Olive L. Elliot, CNA, 87, died Monday May 28, at the Rumford Hospital. She was a resident of Roxbury Pond Road in Andover.

Born in Byron on Aug. 24, 1924, she was the fourth of 10 children born to Herbert and Myrtle (Easter) Lohnes.

She left school at age 14 to work cleaning and cooking in her father’s lumber camps around Oquossoc and the Rangeley Lakes area.

She met the love of her life Elmer “Whitey” Elliot while she was housekeeping at Kennebago in 1947. He was working as a Maine Guide.

She always wished she could have finished high school.  In 1992, she got her wish and graduated from night school and got her diploma. She also got her nursing certificate and worked as a CNA at the Victorian Villa in Canton for many years. Later in life she would do private nursing in homes. She was a giving and generous person who always had a smile.

She loved her family and friends. Her grandchildren were always a favorite topic. She loved her pets especially Ole Rottie Toots, her collie Heidie, Miss Kitty and Gertrude, her pet goose.

She loved nature, brook fishing, canoeing and going to camp. She played the piano and could sing and yodel like an angel.

Her favorite book was the Bible and all of its teachings.

She was married in Rumford on Sept. 24, 1948, to Elmer M. “Whitey” Elliot who died in Rumford on Feb. 14, 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Eva Coolidge and husband, John of East Bethel; a son, Matthew Elliot and fiancee, Linda Smith, of Andover; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Shelley, John, Brandy, Betty, Tina, Jason, Larry; many great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lizzy Textor and husband, Walter Jr., of Lewiston, Byrl Comstock and husband, Darrold, of Mexico, Flossie Rose and husband, Norbert, of Mexico.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; infant daughter, Betty Ann; five sisters, Irene, Elsie, Jessie, Mary and Voghn; and a brother, Urban.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends and relatives are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at

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