Jeanne Elizabeth “Betty” Atwell

YARMOUTH—Jeanne Elizabeth “Betty” Atwell died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, following surgery for a broken leg, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth.

She was born March 26, 1922, in Madison, the daughter of Merle and Beryl (Fletcher) Yeaton.


The family shortly thereafter moved to Massachusetts, and she was raised in the Framingham-Natick area, graduating from Framingham High School in 1940. In 1941 she married Stanley R. Atwell. Soon after World War II, the family moved to Maine, ending up in Farmington, where they raised their family. When the youngest of her four children started school, she went to work at Forster Manufacturing Co., first in Strong and then in Farmington. She later worked at Farmington State Teachers College as secretary to Ermo Scott, the college president. When Scott retired, she transferred to the registrar’s office, where she worked as assistant to the registrar until she retired in the early 1980s. Active in the Farmington Methodist Church, she sang in the choir. Later in life she took courses through the University of Maine at Augusta, receiving her associate degree in 1982. After retirement in the 1980s, she moved to the Greater Portland area, first to Scarborough and then to Yarmouth. She joined the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Joining the Royal River Chapter of Sweet Adelines, she was active in the group until 2002. While retired she frequently made international trips with the University of Maine Farmington Alumni group. She enjoyed painting, and regularly took art classes in Farmington and in the Portland area.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1978 and is survived by four children, Stephen W. Atwell and wife, Kyle, of Yarmouth, Lucille J. Atwell and partner, Joan Hildreth, of Hancock, Thomas G. Atwell and wife, Nancy, of Cape Elizabeth, James S. Atwell and wife, Bonnie, of Falmouth; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her family extends its thanks to the staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for their excellent care, Collier’s Rehab and Nursing Center of Ellsworth for their care of her and to Ledgeview Assisted Living facility of Cumberland Foreside for their extraordinary care of Mrs. Atwell during the years she lived with them.

A service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center. No flowers please. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105 or online at

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