HANCOCK – Eleanor A. Whitmore, 83, a lifetime resident of Hancock County, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Ellsworth. Eleanor was born June 8, 1929, in Franklin, to Clarence Willard and Dorothy (Harriman) Robbins.
She grew up on Hog Bay in Franklin and it remained one of her favorite places her entire life. It was also on Hog Bay that Eleanor developed her fondness for the outdoors. Often she could be found tending to her yard and gardens. Eleanor would can – or more likely pickle – the bounty to feed her family and offer as gifts to all. Never forgetting a birthday, she would always tuck a “sticky” note or a beautiful homemade card, with the gift, offering words of interest and love for the lucky recipient. Eleanor also enjoyed her fellowship with her church family in Lamoine and at home treasured the companionship of her loyal and loving cat, Keisa. Above all, she could, and always wanted, to make someone smile.
Eleanor is survived by her sons, Ernest Robbins of Waltham, Henry L. Whitmore Jr. and his partner, Debra Thomas, of Hancock, Robert Merchant Sr. of Ellsworth and Harold Whitmore of Ellsworth; daughter, Joyce Nielsen and her husband, Eric, of Trenton; sister, Sandra Harris of Corinna; grandchildren, Brittany Whitmore, Henry Whitmore III and his wife, Christy, Bobbie Jean Burnside, David Goodwin and Kathy Ward; many grandchildren, many, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; and brothers, Rodney, Philip, Cyrus and Dennis Robbins. Henry and Joyce recognize and extend special thanks to Britanny and Lisa Whitmore and Kathy Ward for all the love, time and special care they showed their mother and the relief and comfort they provided to rest of the family.
A graveside committal is scheduled 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth.