Elaine C. Heath

February 18, 1926
- June 06, 2006

DOVER-FOXCROFT - I was born Feb. 18, 1926, at home in Guilford, the middle child of Minnie Delia Sawyer and Leslie Everett Colson. I entered the Pearly Gates June 6, 2006, where my older sister, Adeline; and younger brother, Everett have been residing. My varied work experiences culminated in my last rewarding career as a teacher. I started my college days at University of Maine at Farmington, when my daughter, Marie, was a sophomore there, different dorms, of course. Later I graduated from University of Maine at Orono with my favorite son-in-law, Dave. First teaching in Brownville, then moving to Milo, where Phil Gerow and I taught those middle school kids how to "cut the rug" while chaperoning dances. When I was 21, I married Leigh Dyer Heath and we bought a 100-acre farm to which I added 60 acres. We were blessed with a daughter, Marie, who married Dave Weatherbee and had two children, Beth and Heath. I thought grandchildren were great until I had a great-grand, Vanessa Cousins. She's the apple of my eye. My favorite canine, Opie, was entrusted to my care until I fell and broke my leg February 1st. He had been my faithful bedmate and hot water bottle ever since. My Wisconsin family consists of Cindy Oleniczak and husband, Steve and grandkids, Shane, Paul and Mandy. Cindy's dad, Paul Levensalor, has been my loving companion for many years. Together Paul and I were active in scouting, the Atkinson Methodist Church, East Dover Grange, Piscataquis Valley Fair Assoc. and the Mayflower Society. Family, faith and friends have been my mantra and kept me going for the last 80 years. After retiring, I became active in local government by serving as a selectwoman for two terms, chairwoman for one year. I worked on Block Grants, the Dover-Foxcroft Community Development Housing Committee and was involved in the WasteWater Treatment Program. I found this fulfilling, interesting and a great way to use my time and energy. The Weatherbee clan has made me feel like part of the family and we have celebrated every holiday together since our children tied the knot in 1972. I was fortunate to spend my last days on the farm I cherish with my loving family. I've had a wonderful life and have left folks with many fond memories. Please know that I am happy now, and at Peace. Enjoy your summer camp kids. You've earned it. Bon Voyage! Friends are invited to call 2-3 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the funeral home with the Rev. Rudy Homchuck officiating. After the services, all are invited to the Heath Farm for a time of sharing and refreshment. For those so inclined, please consider a monetary donation and/or your valuable time, to the American Cancer Society, One Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086 or to the Pine Tree Hospice Program, 897 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.

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