Elaine I. Kelley
Friendship — Elaine Isabelle Kelley, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 11, at Pen Bay Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Elaine was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Beals, the daughter of the late Vernard Lester and Gladys Stella Norton Gould. She attended local schools and while attending schools she would watch for enemy planes during World War II from the school house tower. While watching out for planes she was also able to keep an eye out for her father’s small fishing boat among the rough white capped waves.
Elaine was a homemaker who devoted her life to her family. There was a short period of time where she would run a small ice cream shop from her home. Elaine also had a talent for music as a teen she played the acoustic guitar and saxophone and composed several love songs for her beloved husband-to-be during World War II. She also played an accordion. Elaine and her daughter Rosemary played electric guitars and formed a musical group together with several local teens called “The Smiley Gospel Jubilee.” Their group was requested to play country gospel music at many area nursing homes, churches, youth groups, and once was asked to perform for a children’s Bible school at another local church. More instruments were added when Elaine learned to play the electronic keyboard and the Omnichord, which is an electronic autoharp. Elaine was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Friendship.
She had a strong faith in the Lord, which helped her through many life crises. She would purchase good used children clothes and toys for her indoor yard sale she titled, “Grammie Elaine's Good Used Toddler Toys and Clothes” Many of these same toys were then donated to the Salvation Army at Christmas time for she loved Christmas and giving to the children.
She was predeceased by her husband Horace Kelley. Survivors include her children Rosemary Kelley of Friendship, Vernon Kelley and his wife Dotty of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Jeanine Taber and her husband Rev. James E. of Morganton, N.C.; grandchildren, Brian Kelley and his wife Melissa of Butler, Ohio, Bethany Murdock and her husband Bruce of Gambier, Ohio, Melanie Taber of Jonsdridge, N.C., Stephanie Taber of Morganton, N.C., Jennifer Taber of Morganton, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 14, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Alan Chamberlin officiating at the Friendship Advent Christian Church, 19 Cushing Road Friendship.
Should friends desire you are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Hall Funeral Home in Waldoboro is helping to celebrate Elaine’s life.