Eleanor's Story

ROCKLAND - Eleanor W. Mathieson, 88, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Scarborough Terrace in Scarborough, where she resided the past two years.

Born in Rockland, August 23, 1927, she was the daughter of William H. and Frances V. Knowlton Weed. Educated in local schools she was a 1945 graduate of Rockland High School.

Soon after graduating, Eleanor began employment with New England Telephone & Telegraph as an operator in the Rockland office.

Several years later, she met a fellow employee, Harry L. Mathieson. The couple were married at the Rockland Congregational Church, April 30, 1960. They made their home in Eleanor's family home, where they lived and raised their children.

While raising her daughters, Eleanor devoted her time to her family as a stay-at-home mother.

She returned to the telephone company after her daughters were in high school.

A longtime active member of the Rockland Congregational Church, she was involved in the Ladies Guild. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Eleanor delighted in being around friends and family, and served as caregiver to many.

Other than her parents, Eleanor was pre-deceased by her husband Harry in 2001; her step-mother Izzelle Andrews Weed; two brothers, William H. Weed, Jr., and Charles D. Weed. She is survived by two daughters, Kristin M. Mathieson of South Portland and her partner Mark Stevens of Cumberland, Karen M. Rubin and her husband Alan of Gorham; one granddaughter Lily Kristin Rubin of Gorham; her sister Kathleen Faria of Portsmouth, RI; several extended family members, nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Monday, December 7, 2015, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, at Rockland Congregational Church, Rockland. The Reverend Seth D. Jones will officiate. Interment will follow in Achorn Cemetery, Old County Road, Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074. To share a memory or condolence with Eleanor's family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com. Eleanor's family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Scarborough Terrace.
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