Elaine F. McKinnon

September 07, 1931
- February 22, 2009

MATTAWAMKEAG - Elaine F. McKinnon, 77, wife of the late William McKinnon, passed away Feb. 22, 2009, at a Millinocket health care facility. She was born Sept. 7, 1931, in Brownville Junction, the daughter of Bartholomew and Beatrice (Savage) McDermott. Elaine loved to travel. She enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by three children, Carol Staples, Lynn Peters and her husband, Wayne, and Brian McKinnon, all of Mattawamkeag; eight grandchildren, Trina, Darin, Sean, Danielle, Corey, Kristi, Kevin and Kane; seven great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kortney, Joselyn, Zoe, Logan, Connor and Thomas; and a sister, Joyce Fenske of California. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Stanley McDermott, James Currier, Margaret Holland and Madeline Knowles. Visitation will be private. Graveside services will be held in the spring at Mattawamkeag Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, ME 04105. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com. When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see if the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did that day, while thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die. I had too much to live for, so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.

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