Elinor Schofield “Nell” Donnelly, 78, died May 29, 2011, at Quarry Hill, while in hospice care under the direction of Kno-Wal-Lin.

Elinor was born in Providence, R.I., on Aug. 14, 1932. Her father, James Schofield, was a successful commercial artist. Elinor inherited his artistic talent and attended the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts while still attending high school.

She married George Donnelly in 1952 and together they raised their sons, Michael and Garry, in Massachusetts. While Nell was raising her boys she was also dabbling in real estate, cooking gourmet meals and painting. She spent many happy summers at her father’s farm in North Sutton, N.H., with her sisters, nieces, nephews and sons.

In 1979 Nell and George moved to Ireland to start a new life. While there she opened and operated a successful handicraft shop filled with dolls, quilts and other items she made. She continued to paint, and was commissioned by local restaurants to paint murals on their walls. She was a prolific gardener, and in an area famous for its gardens, the gardens surrounding their granite house and shop were well known. She also managed to find time to write a cookbook that is still in publication in Ireland and still popular many years later.

When George and Nell returned to the United States they settled in Rockland, and again started a new life. This time Nell went on to become a CNA, and worked for many years in a job she loved. She was delighted to make friends among her colleagues and enjoyed the patients she took care of. When she retired finally, she continued to be a caretaker, helping her husband in his last years and being a wonderful and creative babysitter to her grandson Declan. She enjoyed her neighbors and all the activities available to her when she lived at Stella Maris, and, before she died, she was busy collecting recipes and drafting her second cookbook at the request of her Irish publisher.

Nell was predeceased by her husband, George Donnelly; and their infant son, Christopher.

Nell will be greatly missed and remembered with love by her large family, which includes her sisters, Virginia Cody and Judy Gilbert and their children; her sons, Michael Donnelly and his wife, Deborah, of Rockland and Garry of Colorado; her grandchildren of whom she was very proud, Crystal, Erin, Jesse and Declan; her great-grandchildren, Crystal and Erin’s children, whom she considered herself lucky to have, Morgan, Cody, Anna, Ava, Ellie, Jack and Eva.

Nell knew a good caretaker when she saw one and while in hospice she was surrounded and cared for lovingly by the excellent caretakers at Quarry Hill and the visitors and nurses of Kno-Wal-Lin. Their sensitivity to and time with Nell made a difficult time bearable and for that her family is appreciative and grateful.

There will be a memorial for Nell’s family and friends at a later date.

To do something to honor Nell’s life, please donate to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841; or the Knox County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1074, Rockland, ME 04841.

To share a memory or condolence with Nell’s family, visit her online guest book at obituaries at bchfh.com.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland.