Elaine Frances Merrill, 90

|Wilson Funeral Home|

New Gloucester – Elaine Frances Merrill, 90, passed away on Monday, May 2nd at home with her loving family at her side. She was born in Lewiston, Maine on October 25, 1931, to Alonzo M. Tibbetts and Gladys M. (Alexander) Tibbetts. She grew up in South West Bend in Durham, the 2nd youngest of 10 children and loved to retell stories of her youth growing up at the homestead. These were some of her fondest memories. Elaine’s sisters were older so her playmates were her brothers. With pride, she’d say that anything her brothers could do, she could do better. She attended grammar school in Durham and Edward Little High School in Auburn. During her high school years she worked as an apprentice at a tailor shop in Auburn where she became a skilled seamstress. On February 11, 1949, she married Carleton L. Merrill, also of Durham, where they resided raising 7 children in the home they built together. Keep reading