- Eleanor W. Ness, 104, passed away peacefully at the Hospice House in Auburn on October 28, 2016. She was a resident of Schooner Estates in Auburn for the past 23 years. She was born in Wilton, Maine on December 3, 1911, the daughter of Everett H. and Mary (Wright) Wheelwright. She was a graduate of Wilton Academy and Colby College, where she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority.
Following graduation, she worked as a sportswear buyer at B. Peck Co. in Lewiston. In 1939, she married Norman Ness of Auburn. They lived in Farmington for ten years and then in Orono for many years where she was active in the Church of Universal Fellowship and other community organizations. After her husband's retirement from the University of Maine Extension Service, they moved to Auburn in 1977. After 63 very happy years of marriage, he passed away in February, 2003.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jean Spring and her husband Hobart of Salem, NH, and a son, Norman Ness, Jr. and his wife Jean of Auburn. She also leaves behind five grandchildren; Robin Ness and her husband Jim, Jon Ness and his wife Julie, Gail Cota and her husband Jonathan, Ryan Spring and his wife Stacey and Kurt Spring and his wife Holly as well as ten great-grandchildren; Kelsey Cota, Sophie Rao, Nic Cota, Sam Ness, Cam Cota, Zac Cota, Owen Spring, Eleanor Spring, Walker Spring, Kellan Spring and three great-great grandchildren; Carson Hatch, Caroline Hatch and Cruz Hatch. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and a brother, John of Wilton.
At her request, there will be a private burial service at Mount Auburn Cemetery at the family's convenience. Gifts in her memory may be made to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group\Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.
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