Cynthia (Lane) Ellis

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Cynthia (Lane) Ellis

September 14, 1922 - November 24, 2018

Orono Cynthia (Lane) Ellis, 96, of Orono, passed away November 24, 2018. She was born September 14, 1922, in Milford, New Hampshire. Cynthia was the daughter of G. Homer Lane and Susan C. Lane.
Cynthia moved to Torrington, Connecticut, in first grade and graduated from Torrington High School in 1940. Following graduation, she went to Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and received her BA in 1944. She achieved a master's degree in education at Smith College in 1948.
She married John F. Ellis, whom she met in the eighth grade, on February 2, 1946. She and John lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where John was getting his doctorate and where their son John was born. She returned to Amherst, Massachusetts, where their children, Susan and Timothy, were born.
Cynthia taught nursery school at Smith College and then spent decades teaching kindergarten in Clinton, New York. Her love for children lasted until her death.
Cynthia lived at Dirigo Pines in Orono from 2003 until her death. She enjoyed the company of fellow residents and appreciated the care provided by the excellent staff.
Cynthia's positive spirit inspired her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved all of them in a special way. Many of them will remember the fun times they spent with her during the summer at Merepoint in Brunswick, Maine. All of her family will recall with joy the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.
Cynthia enjoyed needlework, quilting, knitting hats and knitting truck loads of knit dolls. She was a member of the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono.
Cynthia aged with dignity and humor, accepting the inevitable graciously. Cynthia was once challenged to describe her life in 6 words. Her response was, "Happy childhood, Loving marriage, Terrific children."
In addition to her parents, Cynthia was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John Ellis; her brothers, George Lane and Robert Lane; and her sister, Charlotte Mack. Cynthia is survived by her three children, John Ellis and his wife, Stefica, of Cumming, Georgia, Susan Almy and her husband, Christopher, of Charleston, Maine, and Timothy and his wife, Margaret, of Whitesboro, New York; her 10 grandchildren, Heather Warren and her husband, Timothy, Tomania Kelly and her husband, Paul, Benjamin Ellis, Sam Almy and his wife, Lynne, Rachel Fitzpatrick and her husband, Jim, Isaac Almy and Amos Almy, Tim Ellis, Matthew Ellis and his wife, Heather, and Katie Potter; and her 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler Warren, Gabrielle Kelly, Chelsea Kelly, Meredith Kelly, Julia Kelly, Connor Fitzpatrick, Cara Fitzpatrick, Hailie Potter, Madalyn Potter and Samuel Ellis. She is also survived by her sister, Susan Scavo.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018, at the Kenduskeag Gathering Place at Dirigo Pines. Burial will be private. Those who would like to remember Cynthia in a special way may make gifts in her memory to either The Friends of Casco Bay, 43 Slocum Drive, South Portland, ME 04106 or by visiting or The Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street, Orono, ME 04473. Condolence to the family may be expressed at
Published on November 26, 2018
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Jennifer Potter Hayes
Dec 09, 2018
Fond nemories of Cynthia and all Ellis family in Clinton, NY. She was an artist with a needle and thread!
Mary Potter
Dec 08, 2018
Thinking of you, Susan, John, and Tim. I remember coming up to your house with my brothers and sisters and mother, back when we all lived on Reservoir Road, to watch the JFK funeral (we didn’t have a TV). Your mom was always incredibly nice to all of us. I wore a sweater that I cherished (gray and blue with a red poinsettia on it) for years, until it finally wore out, a sweater your mom had made for John but which he thought was too ‘girly.’ Your mom made my sister Jennifer’s wedding dress. She made a very original manger scene that we displayed in the middle of the dining room table every Christmas. A very talented and versatile and generous lady who always made us feel welcome an...d cared for. I know you will miss her. Sending love to all of you.Read more
Fond memories of Cynthia and her family!
Dec 08, 2018
Sheila (Waldron) Robinson
Dec 08, 2018
Mrs. Ellis was not only my kindergarten teacher but was a colleague when I started my first teaching position in Clinton. She was a wonderful mentor. Her zest for teaching was inspiring. Peace to her and all her family.
Chris Potter
Dec 07, 2018
Condolences and best wishes to the Ellis family. I have great memories of your mom/grandmom/great-grandmom.
Debbie Wilson
Dec 06, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Ellis' family at this time. I was a student of hers in her PM Kindergarten class in 1970-71 at Clark Mills Elementary school. I have one memory to share, from 1999... I had owned a fish market in Clinton, and I remember the bus drivers and some of my former teachers coming into my shop....but, what I remember most...was that Mrs. Ellis stopped in one day....and she knew who I was, and remembered me from school. Of course, I remembered her too, after almost 30 yrs of having me as a student....she still remembered
Sara Slivonik Mitchell
Dec 06, 2018
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of, Mrs. Ellis, my kindergarten teacher in 1985 at Clinton Elementary. The memories I have of kindergarten and her are wonderful. I am sure she made a lasting impression with many other children over the years, as well.
Tomania Kelly
Nov 28, 2018
My grandma was a special lady. I have lots of wonderful memories of her. We did countless puzzles together and spent time collecting all kinds of fun things from the rocky shores of Maine. She will be greatly missed. I love you Grandma.