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BEVERLY, Mass. – Elaine Irene Washburn passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Essex Park Nursing Home, Beverly, Mass. She was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Bar Harbor, to the parents of Edna (Walls) (Mitchell) Megquier and Lawrence Mitchell, then later enjoyed a wonderful stepfather in Olney Megquier.

Elaine graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1948 and joined her new husband, Alfred Washburn, while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Anchorage, Alaska. After the Air Force, Elaine and Alfred began and completed their family with the birth of two sons, Richard and James, in Skowhegan. Elaine, Alfred and family then moved to Beverly, Mass., for employment at United Shoe Machinery Corp. in 1954. Elaine enjoyed Beverly, Mass., until her recent passing. She will always be remembered as a grateful, loving and devoted wife and as a mother, always spoke proudly of her sons, grandchildren and new great-grandchildren. We all will miss her joy and laughter she brought to anyone she was with. Elaine’s way of being a wife, mother, grandmother and sister is a memory she leaves with us forever.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Alfred; two sons, Richard and his wife, Donna Washburn, and James Washburn; seven grandchildren, Becky Washburn, Nicole Polson, Megan Washburn, Thomas Washburn, Gregory Washburn, Christopher Washburn and Sean Campbell; and three great-grandchildren, River Washburn, Braydon Polson and Owen Washburn. Elaine is also survived by her brother, Richard Mitchell and his wife, Frances; her sister, Jackie Hanf; as well as her beloved pet dog, “Abby.”

Her funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grondin Funeral Home, 376 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service 5-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or

Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite, B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit

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