RANGELEY — Eleanor May Guevremont, 86, of Rangeley, passed away at her home on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 23, surrounded by Frenchie, her loving husband of 50 years, and daughters, Amber and Linda, and their families. She was born on the family farm in Rangeley, on March 14, 1931, the daughter of Walter and Eva Davenport. She was educated and graduated from Rangeley schools and made Rangeley her lifelong home.

In her early years, Eleanor worked alongside her sister, Betty, learning the trade, and realized her lifelong passion for cooking. She started cooking at Davis Lodge, now Loon Lodge, and worked as a cook/chef at Saddleback Lake Lodge, Saddleback Motor Inn and was a manager and chef at Doc Grant’s. Eleanor worked for 25 years at Grant’s Camps, owned by her brother, Skeet, alongside several other family members. She also worked for close to 30 years at Saddleback Mountain with her lifelong friend and classmate, Nettie Ross.

In 1999, Eleanor helped her family and grandson, Kash, open Parkside & Main Restaurant, and she was his “rock” in the kitchen. Parkside still uses her fabulous recipes for their chowders and their renowned pies, and people come back year after year for her coconut cream pie and other favorites. Eleanor was a cat lover and enjoyed reading. She was a devout member of the Rangeley Free Baptist Church, where she loved singing in the choir and regularly made beautiful floral arrangements for their Sunday services.

Eleanor was a special person, and spent many years as a caregiver to her mother, her four sisters, and brother-in-law, Elliot, allowing them all to spend their final years and days in their own homes.

Eleanor is survived by her husband, Jerome “Frenchie” Guevremont, of Rangeley; her sisters-in-law, Jane Farquhar, of Norton, Mass., and Margaret Davenport, of Rangeley; her daughters, Linda Fraser Piselli and husband, Joe, of Augusta, Amber Haley and husband, Kenneth, of Rangeley; her grandson, Kash Haley, and wife, Laura, of Rangeley; her granddaughters, Allison Fraser of Augusta, Beth Haley Smith and husband, Chip, of Rangeley Plantation; her five great-granddaughters, who were absolute joys in her life, Ellah and Emmelyn Smith, Sage, Jacksyn and Quincy Haley; plus several nieces and nephews who were all special to Eleanor.

She was predeceased by her parents; her eight siblings; her granddaughter, Andrea Fraser; and her son-in-law, John William Fraser.

Eleanor May Guevremont

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