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Eleanor Kinney

Eleanor J. Kinney

Wednesday, April 16th, 1941 - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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Obituary

SPRUCE HEAD - Eleanor Jackson Kinney, 77, was called home early, January 29, 2019, after completing her epic battle with cancer. She was born April 16, 1941, to Mary Payson Joy and Parker Jackson at their South Thomaston home.

Eleanor - Ellie May to her friends and family - grew up in South Thomaston and attended village schools in Spruce Head and South Thomaston as well as Rockland High School. She spent her childhood mischief- and merry-making with her sisters and lifelong friend Sandra Sleeper Zimmermann in the Keag. Her first encounter with her beloved husband Arnold “Buzzy” Kinney was at the sheep pasture by the Spruce Head Village School. They married on September 14, 1957.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Eleanor always strove to meet family needs and wants. Even as a young woman, she tirelessly picked and sold boxes of crabmeat to make her children’s lives more comfortable. With time, she shrugged off the expectations of her day and courageously stepped into the business world. She owned and operated two antique shops: Pick and Paw and Birds of a Feather. She also became a locally renowned realtor and cultivated the successful E. Kinney Coastal Realty on Park Street in Rockland.

Eleanor and Buzzy lived full lives in Spruce Head and on Criehaven, where he was a lobsterman. Their children and grandchildren loved the coastal and island life that Eleanor and Buzzy provided for them. They especially enjoyed searching for sea glass, cooking periwinkles and crabs on the beach, and crafting driftwood “eye-dee-peepers.”

Eleanor was a faithful Christian and a model member of Spruce Head Community Church. She generously gave herself to her community, Sunday School, and Pioneer Girls. Although her life was marked by family tragedies and loss, she poured herself into her faith and endless gardens. Her flowers provided beauty and peace for herself and the community alike. Eleanor loved to bask in the sun, whether from the bow of their family lobster boat, the backyard, or her retirement respite in Florida. Eleanor was most at home in Maine, but she also adored traveling, embarking on memorable trips in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Eleanor was predeceased by her children Kimberly Jo Kinney and Kriston Arnold Kinney and by her grandchildren Hannah Jo Niles and Kriston Andrew Kinney. She was also predeceased by her parents and her much-loved in-laws Austin and Louise Kinney.

She is survived by her steadfast husband of 61 years, Buzzy; daughters Katrina Kinney Niles (married to Rodney Niles) and Kelli Jo Kinney (partnered to Lyle Morris); sisters Shirley Anderson, Marie “Belle” White, Sandra Mank (married to Gordon Mank); brother-in-law Sumner Kinney (married to Marjorie Kinney) and sister-in-law Judy Kinney; step-mother Jane Jackson; grandchildren Hayli Hu Kinney (married to Ophelia Hu Kinney), Jackson Samuel Kinney, Nicholas Widdecombe, Lydia Niles Garland (married to Ryan Garland), and Abigail Niles; great-granddaughter Kara Crie Kinney; step-grandchildren Ahlivia and Hunter Morris; many beloved nieces and nephews; a cherished church family; and countless irreplaceable friends.

Visiting hours will be held from 4:00-6:00pm, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, where Eleanor’s life will be remembered and celebrated at 2:00pm, Sunday, February 10, 2019. Interment will be a private family ceremony at Ocean View Cemetery, South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Development Office, MMC, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102, or the Spruce Head Community Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 18, Spruce Head, ME 04859.
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Service Details

  • First Visitation

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine
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  • Service of Remembrance

    Sunday, February 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 10th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine
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    Officiant
    Pastor Chris Emery
  • Interment

    Location
    Ocean View Cemetery
    Address
    Route 73
    South Thomaston, ME
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  • Reception

    Sunday, February 10th, 2019 |
    When
    Sunday, February 10th, 2019
    Location
    104 Limerock Reception Center
    Address
    104 Limerock Street
    Rockland, ME
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sandra mank

Posted at 01:10pm
The book Ellie read everyday was "Jesus Is Calling" she is Home. Thank you God for my precious sisters. Like mom used to say "1234 thank the Lord there aren't anymore". We were blessed to have each other and appreciate and support each other for this day. Her life was full of friends and flowers. She never saw a plant or seed she didn't love or nourish. Her flowers were strong, beautiful and determined, alot like her.
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Lincoln Spear and Cheryl Saniuk-Heinig

Posted at 01:01pm
Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Deb Godfrey Dowding

Posted at 12:27pm
Dear Buzzy & Family, So sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing. Thankful though that she is now comfortable and at peace. Praying that you will find peace and comfort in knowing that. One of my favorite memories of Eleanor is when she lead the songs at Sunday School. I love the posters that she made to go along with the songs. She was a wonderful Christian women. You are in my prayers.
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Judy, Cary and Jenifer

Posted at 08:00am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Judy, Cary and Jenifer purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of Eleanor J. Kinney.

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Karen Anderson

Posted at 10:07pm
Buzzy and family I was away, and just now read this. I am deeply sorry. I loved El, she was an amazing person, she endured so many tragedies, yet she was always positive, and had a great love of God. She was a fighter. I had the good fortune to work with El for many years. We and two friends had a amazing times! She and I recently were playing words with friends. I will miss her, she was one of my heroes! Love you El, see you in heaven. Hug Kristin and Andrew for me. Xo Karen
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