MILLINOCKET – Electa Knowlton, 81, passed away peacefully Friday, June 28, 2013, with loving family by her side, at Cummings Nursing Home and Rehab Center, Howland. She was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Bangor, daughter of Wallace and Annie Sinclair of Harmony.
Growing up on a farm, Electa graduated from Harmony High School, class of 1949. She married her high school sweetheart, Elmer Knowlton, and lived a brief time in Dexter. They then relocated to Ripogenus Dam where she began her life as a game warden’s wife that would last 20 years. A tough life at times, she was the rock that kept the home fires burning and a warm meal waiting. Electa was an astute housekeeper, taking great pride in a squeaky clean home. Her hobbies of sewing, knitting, and crocheting were ideal for passing the time “waiting,” as warden’s wives do frequently. Electa was best known, however, for her incredible cooking skills that she honed as a young girl. She remembered helping cook for her large family, standing on a chair to reach the sideboard. Her homemade bread, cakes, pies, and meals were the best. She could make the toughest meat tender as she got to prove on a regular basis. It quickly became evident that we had our own “Betty Crocker” in the family. Later, after moving to Millinocket in the mid-1950s, she worked various jobs for Great Northern Paper Company. These jobs included a cook at The Guest House, watchman at Woodlands Shop, and cook at Harrington Lake Camps. She and Elmer also maintained the Kidney Pond Camps for a time. Electa enjoyed the outdoors, especially berry-picking, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. She often would catch the biggest fish, outdoing the men. She also had a green thumb when it came to plants and flowers. She and Elmer enjoyed traveling and had many great trips, including Alaska and Hawaii. She will be remembered as the mom who always put her family first, always found a way to get her sons what they needed, and never needed much for herself. Her cheerful, steady, glass half-full personality was a great influence on her family. She never complained and always made the best with what she had. She had a delightful sense of humor and could throw a “zinger” with the best of them. It was her family that gave her the most pleasure though, very proud of her sons, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren’s accomplishments. Electa’s greatest gift to the family was perhaps the lesson she taught by example, what “unconditional love” means. She will be greatly missed by all.
Electa was predeceased by her husband, Elmer in 2007; siblings, Howard, Carlton, Norma, Gertrude and Marita; and grandson, Seth Knowlton. Electa is survived by three sons, Daryl and wife, Marcy, Douglass and wife, Judy, and Donn and wife, Maria; seven grandchildren, Amy Barnes and husband, Brian, Carrie Holbert, Daryl Knowlton II, Jesse Knowlton, Lisa Morton and husband, Mike, Ross Knowlton and Nicole Knowlton; and six great-grandchildren, Sydney Barnes, Adalynn Barnes, Devin Decker, Lily Knowlton, Mya Knowlton, and Evan Morton. Electa will be sadly missed by two special nieces, Meredith Chadbourne and Eve Libby; and also longtime friends, Rodney and Cindi Sargent. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Linda Ippoliti for her loving care with Mom over the past months. Also, a special thank you to the girls of Community Health and Counseling and Cummings Nursing Home staff for their wonderful care.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside memorial service noon Wednesday, July 3, at Millinocket Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.