Eleanor Arlene (Willey) Buxton passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, after a period of declining health.

Eleanor was born in Manset, Feb. 20, 1937, the daughter of lrving Wiiliam Willey and Ethelyn Louise (Ginn) Willey, formerly of Union.

Eleanor graduated from the high school in Cape Elizabeth. Several days after graduation, she married William Bowden and moved to Meriden, Conn. Eleanor was a bookkeeper for Carabetta Bros. lnc. for a number of years. She was a dedicated employee and took great pride in her work. After moving back to Maine, Eleanor worked for the Lime Products Co., Union for 17 years until the company closed. She then worked for B. M. Clark Co., lnc. in Union until her retirement.

ln November 1983, Eleanor married Raymond Buxton, the love of her life. Together they lived in Union and then St. George. Eleanor and Ray had a very special relationship during their 31 years together. They went on many picnics, beach trips, etc. and had many laughs along the way. ln her spare time, Eleanor enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, gardening, and all kinds of crafts. She needle pointed and framed a picture for each of her many nephews and nieces. Her work was of museum quality. Eleanor was very talented in all of her endeavors and was known for her cooking.

Earlier this year, Eleanor moved to Connecticut to be with her sister, Suzanne.

Eleanor was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Raymond; brother-in-law, Randall N. Clark; and niece, Kristen Caponigro. She is survived by sisters: Marcia Willey Soule of Union, Suzanne Willey Clark of Connecticut, brothers: Everett Willey of Windham and Wendall Willey of Long Beach, Calif,. and numerous nieces and nephews in Maine, Connecticut, Texas and California. She is also survived by a very special nephew, Robert Rebstock of Connecticut, who considered Eleanor his second mother.

Eleanor will be sadly missed by all that loved and knew her. She was a wonderful, generous, and kind lady. She will forever be in our hearts. There will forever be a big hole in our hearts.

Per Eleanor's request, a service will be private and at the convenience of the family. ln Eleanor's name, memorial donations can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation of Maine, 477 Congress St. Suite 1 Portland 04101 or to a charity of your choice.