CORINNA – Elizabeth G. (McHugh) Knowles died peacefully on July 11, 2014 at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor, after a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born September 12, 1921 to John and Cecelia (McDonagh) McHugh in Boston, MA. She was the seventh child of Irish immigrants from County Sligo. Having lost her mother immediately after her birth, she was raised by Belle and Carrie Murdoch, just up the street from her father, brothers and sisters.
She graduated from St. Aidan’s High School and the School of Domestic Science, both in Boston. At the beginning of WWII she was among the first generation of women enlisting in the Navy (WAVES). She served as a PhM 1st Class until the end of the war. Elizabeth married Sheldon P. Knowles, September 15, 1945 in Boston and moved to Corinna shortly after. He predeceased her in 1975. In 1976 she married his brother, Leslie W. Knowles, he predeceased her in 1993.
She is survived by her son, Brian P. and wife, Peggy of Palmyra, daughter, Cynthia M. of Orono, grandchildren, Carolyn and husband, Johnathan Donaldson of Etna, Catherine Knowles and husband Rick Honer of Palmyra, great grandchildren Alice Elizabeth, Samuel, and Jonathan Donaldson, Carolyn Rose and Casey Honer, brother-in-law, Roy Smith of Princeton, sister-in-law, Mabel Doughty of Chebeaque Island, a niece and several nephews. She was also predeceased by her parents, brothers, Nicholas and wife, Julie, John and wife, Ann, sisters, Mary, Cecelia and husband, Arthur Carpenter, Catherine, Anna and husband, Joe Lee, grandson, Brian S. Knowles and a nephew.
Late in life she traveled to Ireland and visited the area of her ancestors. She also went to Switzerland, a place she most wanted to visit all of her life. While there she received word that her first great-grandchild, Alice Elizabeth was born. She was absolutely amazed that she could view pictures of the baby on the internet within an hour of the birth. Elizabeth was a communicant of St Ann’s since 1945. She was an active member and officer in the WAVES National, Maine Unit 41.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Sylvia Ross, Ross Manor, Maine Veterans Home and EMMC for the care given to Elizabeth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St Anne’s Catholic Church in Dexter, with the Rev. Fr. Paul Murray officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the family lot in Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Newport. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.