Louise H. Eldridge

October 18, 1914
- December 19, 2005

SALISBURY, CT - Louise H. Eldridge, 91, long time resident of Canaan, Conn., died Dec. 19, 2005 at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, Conn. Mrs. Eldridge was born Oct. 18, 1914, in Bangor, the daughter of James W. and Susan (Houston) Hastings. She was the wife of Oliver Fuller Eldridge who died in 2003. Mrs. Eldridge loved gardening and spent many hours at her Canaan home on Granite Avenue developing and maintaining flower gardens. As a high school student, she was active in several sports, including field hockey, basketball and track. Growing up she spent her summers at her grandmother's home in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. She passed on her love of Mount Desert Island to her family who often camped at Acadia National Park during their summer vacations. After attending public schools in Bangor, she graduated from the University of Maine in 1937, with a bachelor's of art in English. Her first teaching job was in a small high school in LaGrange, teaching Latin, English, History and Social Studies. She also was the girls' basketball coach and responsible for the yearbook! After her marriage to Oliver Eldridge in 1939, she moved to North Adams, Mass. During World War II, Mrs. Eldridge joined the American Red Cross and was stationed at Fort Slocum, New York. For many years she was a substitute teacher in Regional District One after moving to Canaan, Conn. in 1947. Mrs. Eldridge taught pre-school in Falls Village and later directed and owned a nursery school in Canaan which was the forerunner of the Child Care Center. She also served as a registrar of voters in North Canaan for eight years. She was a member of the North Canaan Congregational Church, the Hawthorne Club, Canaan Mountain Garden Club, and the Housatonic Camera Club. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy E. Morgan of Middlebury, Vt.; a son, Robert F. Eldridge of Branchville, N.J.; a brother, James E. Hastings of Scarborough; two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Memorial donations in her memory may be sent to "The Book of Remembrance" of the North Canaan Congregational Church or to the scholarship fund at Noble Horizons. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in Canaan, Conn.

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