ORONO – Elaine (Shaw) Carpenter, 100, died Sept. 30, 2013 at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono. She was born June 8, 1913 in Mars Hill, the daughter of Lula and Troy Shaw.
Elaine lived in Mars Hill throughout her school years and graduated from Aroostook Central Institute. She learned to play piano at a young age and was often asked to play for local events. She played for the silent films in the local theater, being paid in roll of movie tickets. Music was very important throughout her life. Elaine met her husband Paul in a school operetta at ACI, and they were married in 1937. They lived in Skowhegan and Bridgewater before settling in Orono, where they lived for most of their 64 years together. She happily supported his involvement in the Barbershoppers, was a church pianist at Orono Methodist, and always enjoyed attending concerts. She worked was 30 years at the University of Maine Library, retiring in 1979 as Head Reference Librarian, and was an avid reader. Elaine was the first resident of Dirigo Pines, continuing an active life there, where she greatly enjoyed the company of many dear old and new friends. She was recently presented the Boston Cane Award in recognition of being Orono’s oldest citizen.
Elaine was predeceased in childhood by a sister, Leah, and by her husband, Paul in 2001. She is survived by her nephew Robert Carpenter and his wife, Elsa of Charlotte, VT, a niece Betty Carpenter of Augusta, their families, and cousins Marjorie Petersen of Brewer and Susan Rocha of Dedham. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the staff at New England Home Health Care in Bangor for many months of loving care. A graveside service will be held 2pm Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at Riverside Cemetery, Bennoch Road, Orono, with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. A memorial gathering will be held 3 pm Monday at Dirigo Pines. For those who wish, memorial gifts in Elaine’s memory may be made to the Orono United Methodist Church, 36 Oak Street, Orono, ME 04473 or the Orono Public Library, 39 Pine Street, Orono, ME 04473. A service of the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.