BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Emily Thompson Elliott, 102, passed away Jan. 12, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Bangor, the daughter of the late Dr. John B. and Edna Chandler Thompson.
She graduated from the University of Maine in 1933 with a BA in Zoology. While there, she was a member of the Phi Sigma Society, Tri-Delta Sorority, and active in college hockey. She earned a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Mt. Holyoke in 1934. At one time she held the record of crossing Mt. Katahdin in the fastest time for a female.
In 1935, she married a University of Maine classmate, Richard Elliott, who worked for the United States Forest Service, who predeceased her in 1990. They lived in New Hampshire before they moved to Bridgewater, Va., in 1947. Emily was active in the girl scouts for many years. Upon Mr. Elliott’s retirement in 1967, he started a private forestry business where Emily assisted him as his tally person for 20 years. Emily and her husband traveled extensively throughout the world. For 11 summers she worked with him as an assistant curator for the Lumberman’s Museum in Patten. While there she published several documents related to lumbering in the Maine woods.
Emily was proud of her heritage and was a descendent of John and Pricilla Alden, and Miles Standish. She was member of the Mayflower Society.
Emily and her family lived in Bridgewater until 1990 and was a member of the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church. She later joined the First Presbyterian Church on Court Square.
Emily moved to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in 1990 where she lived for 16 years. In 2006 she moved to Sunnyside Retirement Home where she lived in assisted living and healthcare until her death.
Emily was predeceased by two daughters, Ann Elliott Monahan and Mary Helen Elliott Brown; one grandson, Richard Bruce Brown; and son-in-law, Charles H. Deputy Jr. Emily has one daughter, Nancy Elliott Deputy of Harrisonburg, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 15, at the Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside. A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, Bridgewater, Va. Friends may call anytime on Friday, Feb. 14, at Johnson Funeral Service, Bridgewater, Va.
Anyone wishing to give a donation in her memory in lieu of flowers may give to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; or to the Lumberman’s Museum, P.O. Box 300, Patten, ME 04765.