ORONO - Ellen Joan (Pelletier) Gifford, 88, died September 26, 2015 at Orono Commons. She was born February 26, 1927 in Old Town the eldest daughter of Emile and Frances (Spruce) Pelletier.
Ellen resided in Orono the majority of her adult life. Ellen provided day care in her home for many years. She was admired by many for her excellent and professional sewing and alteration skills. She was employed at the University of Maine and worked as a library clerk at the Fogler Library until her retirement. She was fun loving and enjoyed the company of her dear "knit-wits" friends with whom she would socialize, do crafts, and play games. Sewing, gardening, camping and many family events were among her favorite pastimes. Ellen will be remembered for her love of her children and family.
She is survived by her children John "Jack" Gifford and his wife Lu of Bangor daughter Mary Ellen Brooks and her husband Brian of Orono, and youngest daughter Sally Gifford Flanagan of Portland; Ellen was blessed with five wonderful grandchildren Melanie Brooks and her husband Shane Perry, Jennifer Brooks Sonnenberg and her husband John, Michelle Gifford Frederick, Stephanie Gifford Spencer, and Michael Gifford; seven great grandchildren Ian, Ayda, Violet, DJ, Joe, Gage, and Lexi; brothers Francis, Paul, and Richard Pelletier and a sister Nancy Pelletier Dunn.
She was predeceased by her husband Maynard in 2006, sister Anna Pelletier Sucy and Robert Pelletier.
A very special and heartfelt thank you to Phillips Strickland House, Bangor, where Ellen resided for two years, Orono Commons nursing home, Orono, and Beacon Hospice, Bangor, for their excellent care and protection.
Friends may call 6-8 Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Friday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Following the service, all are invited to the Parish Hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship. Private burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Memorial contributions can be made to the Orono Public Library Foundation, PO Box 308, Orono, ME 04473