Elaine Scanlon

Elaine Mary Scanlon (Murphy)

Friday, December 8th, 1950 - Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Elaine Mary Scanlon, 68, of Lebanon, died peacefully on Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Boston, MA on December 8, 1950, the only child of Alice Murphy and Costa Lazar. Elaine grew up in South Boston, where she graduated from the former St. Augustine High School. Following High School, she enlisted and proudly served her country in the United States Air Force.

In April 1970, she married her life partner and soul mate, William Scanlon, recently celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.

Upon discharge from active duty, Elaine utilized her G.I. Bill benefits and returned to school, earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, followed by her Masters in Accounting from Nathaniel Hawthorne College.

Elaine was a homemaker, raising her three daughters and keeping Bill in line! She also worked in Customer Service for the Telephone Company for many years. As a proud veteran, she was active in the Berwick American Legion, and was past District Commander of the Legion. Elaine was also active with the Biddeford Vietnam Veteran’s Association. Though she was not a member of the Rolling Thunder, she was a proud supporter. In her free time, she was an avid reader, photographer, gardener and cook. She was a devoted fan of “Jeopardy,” even in the early days when Art Fleming was the host. Traveling, walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, and spending quality time with her family kept her busy.

Elaine is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, William Scanlon of Lebanon; three daughters, Marybeth Bodge of Rochester, NH, Amy Scanlon of San Francisco, CA and Kerry Giglio of Farmington, NH; six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale. Should friends choose, memorial donations in her name are encouraged to: Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1044, PO Box 844, Sanford, ME 04073.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Elaine’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Laing Bibber Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester Street, Berwick, ME 03901.
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 2:00pm
    Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    83 Stanley Road
    Springvale, ME 04083
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    83 Stanley Road
    SPRINGVALE, ME 04083
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Following the interment, a reception will be held at the Sanford VFW, 1 Hutchinson Street, Sanford until 6:00 p.m.


Donations are being accepted for: Vietnam Veterans of America - Sanford Chapter.


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Jack Shea

Posted at 10:49am
I'm very sorry to hear about Elaine, my condolences to the entire family. Jack Shea. PEI Canada.

Amanda Telles

Posted at 03:43pm
Kerry & family I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a pleasure to work with & know. Its not easy losing your mom but know she loved you all & will forever be with you.. sympathies Amanda and Olivia Telles

Dee Rich

Posted at 09:33am
While there are no words or actions that will take away your pain, we hope you are surrounded by much love and support at this difficult time. Know that God cares about your grief and tears (Psalms 56:8). May the light from God's Word be a guide and comfort through the darkness of your loss (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Dick & Cheri

Posted at 06:33pm
To Billy and Elaine's daughters, Hearing the news of Elaine is sad. She has left a mark in this world and will not be forgotten. May memories of Elaine bring you and your family comfort as well as the love and support of your friends and family. Dick can not be there Thursday for support due to his commitment at work but asked me to say that he will be thinking of all of you.
Dick and Cheri Reilley

Debra Dupuis

Posted at 05:41pm
Our very deepest condolences to Bill, Marybeth, Amy, and Kerrie. Elaine was such a kind and loving wife and mother. We used to get together when our kids were still in school, it was a great time. Bill and Dennis coached softball and they always got the other teams attention!!, Elaine and I watched from the sidelines. I remember picnics and a Christmas get together, Sadly we drifted apart as our kids married and grandkids took over our lives. May the memories of good times help to ease your sadness. Know that Elaine is at peace. Sincerely Debbie and Dennis Dupuis.

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