Elaine's Story

ORONO - Elaine Ruth Paradis Luthin passed away on the morning of April 30, 2015, at the age of 52, after a tempestuous battle with leukemia. She was a beloved and passionate teacher, blessed with many caring friends and a compassionate and encouraging community who surrounded her with love, affection, and support.

Elaine was the daughter of Roger and Rosanne Paradis of Fort Kent, ME, and the adoring sister of Sonya, Daniel, and Marc. She leaves behind her husband and partner of 32 years, Chris; and her children, Jessamy, Ethan, and Erin. Her family includes several aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

We will all miss her effervescent and high-spirited personality, whose lust for life was at sometimes boundless and often rebellious. She was Thomas Hardy's Eustacia, with the restlessness of James Joyce's Molly Bloom. Always humorous and occasionally biting, she was unapologetic for her refusal to compromise her personal and professional principles.

She was larger than life.

"The dead live." 

"How do they live?" 

"By love." 

- John Fowles, The Magus

She remains larger than life.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Newman Center, Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel, 83 College Ave., Orono, with the Very Rev. Wilfred Labbe, officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Those who wish to remember Elaine in a special way may bring potted annuals or perennials for a garden that will be created in her memory, or make donations to a scholarship fund for Orono High School students who will further their studies in foreign languages, at the Orono High School, 14 Goodridge Rd., Orono, ME 04473. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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