Anna Mary Elskus (nee Crewdson), 82, died peacefully early Christmas Eve after a short hospital stay in York. As her death became imminent, she declared it a wonderful day and asked her family, who surrounded her, to be happy for her because she was joyfully looking forward to passing and joining her husband.

Ann was born in Lewistown, Pa., on May 21, 1927 (the day Lindbergh landed in Paris). She was very proud of that fact. She said it made her feel very special.

In 1949, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.V. (now known as The University of Charleston). That same year she became program director of Fellowship House (a Settlement House) in Chicago where she taught nursery school. There she met Albinas Elskus, a young stained glass artist who had newly arrived from Lithuania. She left Chicago in 1952 to go on a student trip to England with the National Association of Students and stayed in Europe for one year. In 1953, she was married in Paris to Albinas who was studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts at that time.

They returned to the United States and settled in New York City where they raised their three children. She became a secretary at Rockefeller University in 1l970 and retired in 1990.

She and her husband moved to Chamberlain to live year-round in 2004, after summering there for almost 50 years.

Her husband predeceased her in 2007.

She is survived by her children, Adria Elskus, Arilda Densch and Albin Elskus and his four children, Ashley, Brian, Scott and Molly.

A memorial celebration will be held for her in Chamberlain this summer.

Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed at