Doris Ellis, 98 SOUTH PORTLAND and Scarborough - Doris Ellis, a long-time resident of both South Portland and Scarborough, passed away on Feb. 12, 2017. She was born in Waltham, Mass., on Oct. 29, 1918, the only child of Emma (Kelty) and Thomas Charnley. She took piano lessons in classical music at the Boston Conservatory of Music and graduated from Waltham High School. Upon graduation, she went to work as a secretary for the Waltham Sales Book Company. Two years later, George H. Ellis joined the company. She was smitten immediately and made sure she became his secretary. George didn't have a chance! They were married on a snowy day in December 1942 and enjoyed nearly 70 years of a wonderful marriage. In 1955, when George accepted a position at the Maine Central Railroad, the family moved to South Portland. They became very active in the greater Portland community. Doris was active in the Osewantha Garden Club, the Portland Lioness Club, Purpoodock Club, and the Portland Country Club. She was a longtime member of Saint Albans Church. She had a very quick wit and could regale a group with her jokes. George found her to be invaluable at the railroad conventions they attended around the U.S. and Canada. Everyone looked forward to her latest repertoire. At the ripe old age of 98 she could still entertain the residents of Village Crossings in Cape Elizabeth with her piano playing. Her greatest joy, however, was her family and spending summers at their cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, N.H. She was predeceased by her husband, George H. Ellis, in 2012. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marjorie Hartman, of Waltham; her daughters, Cheryl E. (Don) White, of Naples, Fla.; and Susan H. Ellis, of South Portland; her grandson, Kent A. (Heidi) White, of York; granddaughter, Courtney (Matthew) Campbell, of Cape Elizabeth; and six great-grandchildren: Lindsey and Camden White, and Morgan, Hope, Colin and Heather Campbell. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the staff at Village Crossings for providing wonderful, compassionate care during her nearly five-year stay. We also want to thank the very caring doctors and nurses on Floors 2 and 4 at Mercy Hospital on State Street, and the VNA hospice staff. A service will be held at Saint Albans in the spring, followed by interment in the memorial garden adjacent to the church. Arrangements are through Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Any donations in Doris's memory would be greatly appreciated to the Alzheimer's Association, or St. Albans Church.
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