WALHALLA, S.C., and WESLEY - Elin Irene Bennett, 75, of Walhalla, S.C., and Wesley, the beloved wife of Charles H. Bennet of 35 years went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2014, in a Bangor nursing facility. She had been incapacitated for ten months following a stroke. She was born Oct. 14, 1938, in St. Albans, Vt., the daughter of Lester Arden Barton and Marion Grace (Conger) Barton.
She was a graduate of Waitsfield High School in Vermont and Becker College in Massachusetts. Elin had been Executive Secretary to Vermont Governors Deane C. Davis and Richard A. Snelling and Secretary to Congressman Richard W. Mallary. In Maine she was Administrative Assistant to many Administrators at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Elin was an avid gardener and an accomplished artist, painting in oil and watercolors. She loved to ride horses, owning her own Tennessee Walker for many years. She enjoyed mountain hiking with her husband and their dogs, and sometimes with her formidable cat "Mountain Laurel." Traveling extensively, they particularly enjoyed Prince Edward Island in Canada each summer. Attending various churches, she was a quiet, sincere witness to God's Grace and Salvation. She enjoyed the Grange and Rebekahs.
In addition to her husband, Elin is survived by her brother, Richard A. Barton Sr. and his wife, Bonita Rae, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; nephew, Richard A. Barton Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Milton, Vt.; niece, Jo Ellen Marie Barton of Barnet, Vt.; dear aunt, Doris Conger Lemnah of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and several cousins.
A graveside service, to be announced by McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec, is planned for Maine later in the spring. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.