Elinor Collemer Johnson

Jan 17, 2013
Elinor Collemer Johnson

Camden — Elinor Marguerite Collemer Johnson, 88, died Jan. 13, 2013 in the Skilled Nursing Spring Gardens Unit of Windward Gardens Nursing Center/Genesis HealthCare in Camden.

Elinor was born in Rockland Feb. 25, 1924, the oldest of eight children born to Elsie (Heald) and Aubrey Collemer of Lincolnville.

She attended the Center and Wiley grade schools, and graduated from Camden High School in 1942. She became a member of the Cadet Nurses Corps during World War II and graduated from the Augusta General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.

On Aug. 11, 1946, she married Edgar Holmes Johnson. She was employed as a registered nurse in Maine and Connecticut and was active in the Knox County Nurses Guild, serving as secretary and during her tenure, donating her notes about the many changes in nursing education to the KCNG archives.

In the early 60s, Elinor and Edgar became foster parents to Michael and Deborah Collemer and the family lived on Hosmer Pond Road in Camden for many years. As a member of the Hope Extension Group, she enjoyed projects designed to interest homemakers. Through ties to her maternal grandmother, Rose Keller Heald, she became an active member of the Kalloch Family Association and for several years was the oldest member attending the yearly Kalloch reunions. She followed closely the activities of the Lincolnville Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum. She attended the United Christian and Camden Congregational Churches. In tributes to Elinor's nursing career and daily life, friends and family often spoke of her gracious, kind approach to those she came in contact with.

Following Edgar's death in 2008, she became a resident in the Assisted Living quarters of Windward Gardens and moved from there to Spring Gardens in August 2012. The Collemer and Johnson families are most appreciative of the compassion and exemplary care she received from her daily caregivers on both the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Units.

Elinor is survived by her foster son/nephew, Michael Collemer and his wife, Darlene, of Carlsbad, N.M., and foster daughter/niece, Deborah Collemer Lovely of North Gorham, her brother Ramon Collemer and his wife, Margaret, of Lincolnville, her sister, Catherine Collemer DeSimone of Searsport and sister and her husband, Marilyn Collemer and her husband Bertie Reynold Boyce of Essex Junction, Vt. She was predeceased by brothers, Lawrence, Norman, Nathan and Reginald Collemer. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, among them Ronna Emery of Camden, who served and cared for her in many ways over the years.

A funeral service for Elinor is planned in late April at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center with Rev. Susan Stonestreet officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elinor's beloved memory may be made to the Good Neighbor Fund, United Christian Church, P.O. Box 288, Lincolnville Center, ME 04850.

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