Sylvia Elaine McFarland



BAR HARBOR — Sylvia Elaine McFarland died March 15, 2011 at a Bar Harbor healthcare facility. She was born March 6, 1927. She was the daughter of Howard “Packie” and Josephine McFarland.

 

Elaine was a lifelong resident of Salisbury Cove. She attended grammar school and Eden Baptist Church there. She graduated from Bar Harbor High School and worked for 35 years as a telephone operator for New England Telegraph and Telephone, or “Ma Belle,” as she put it. She retired from there in 1978 when the office was moved to Bangor. After that she enjoyed her free time and worked many part-time jobs locally.

Elaine was a true Mainer, she loved clamming, blueberry picking, gathering firewood, using her own chainsaw and feeding the ducks in Salisbury Cove. She loved her social time at the Salisbury Cove Post Office, and always had a story to share. She enjoyed long walks and keeping up with the activities at the MDI Biological Lab. Elaine was truly interested in the lives of all the people she knew. She never forgot a birthday, right to the very end.

Everyone knew where to find Elaine on a hot summer day. She was in heaven at Hadley Point lying on a blanket soaking in the sun with her friends. She referred to herself as the “chairman of the board.” There were specific rules for sun worshipping. You lay on a blanket, it was not proper to bring a chair, and the hours were 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Local and summer visitors always looked forward to seeing her in her spot at Hadley Point.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother John, her best friends Alberta and Alvah Strout, and her sun worshipping buddies Barbara Silk and Marie Wedge. She will be sadly missed by all her friends.

At Elaine’s request there will be no funeral services. A private graveside service will be held in the spring.

Donations can be made to Eden Baptist Church c/o Mary Rush, 1044 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor ME 04609, or Mount Desert Island Hospital, P.O.
Box 8, Bar Harbor ME 04609.

Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, 48 Eden St., Bar Harbor

Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


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