Elinor's Story

WINN - Elinor Garner Stratton was born February 21, 1951; the third child to Barbara Ward Garner and Wendell R. Garner.

She married Carter Stratton, from Maine, with whom she had four children, Keri, Erika, Aaron, and Colin, during their 45 years of marriage.

Ellie directed church choir for the East Millinocket First Congregational Church, performed and directed for Millinocket Players, assisted back stage for Studio One Dance Academy, worked as an Ed Tech for Springfield Elementary School, led an a capella choir at Lee Academy, produced and directed several musicals for combined Lee Academy and Mt. Jefferson Jr. High, taught K-8 music education to Wytopitlock Elementary School, was the MC and percussionist for Six Basin Street the all-women's Dixieland Band, and recorded two albums; one as a solo artist and one as Brown Sugar and Spice, with her friend Linda Powell.

Ellie's legacy is one of love, laughter, music, and random song and movie quotes.

She is survived by her husband, her children, her sister Debbie, her grandchildren, and a slew of former school children who know all the words to "Puff the Magic Dragon". She passed away at home on April 22, 2016, after an arduous battle with peritoneal cancer.

A private, family memorial service will be held this summer. In memory of Ellie, and in lieu of flowers, please support your local school music programs and community performance groups. You can also make a donation to Asticou Azalea Gardens, or foster a baby elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Links to her albums are available on her facebook page under Elinor Garner Stratton.
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