FALMOUTH — Eleanor Margaret Johnston Goduti, 91, of Falmouth, died Feb. 1.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Lawrence and Clara Johnston. She grew up in Bar Harbor, graduating Bar Harbor High School with the class of 1939 and receiving her associate’s degree from Westbrook College in 1941.
She married Richard Julius Goduti in 1951 and they remained happily married until his death in 1987. Aside from raising their children, they spent much time traveling to Europe, the Caribbean, and Vero Beach, Fla. They were members of the Portland Country Club, the Portland Yacht club, and season pass holders of the Portland Symphony Orchestra with many of their friends.
Goduti was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. In 1980, she started an at-home interior design business named The Orange Tree. This expanded to a shop in Falmouth named Country Living, which she and a partner operated until 1985. Living in Falmouth, she attended St. Mary the Virgin Church and was a member of their garden club. She also donated her time and expertise to Greater Portland Landmarks, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Tate House.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and painting. She especially enjoyed her time in the Rangeley Lakes region, dining out and fly fishing. Later in life, when she could not pursue many of these activities, she remained active with her friends and an integral component of her family until her death. Her quick wit, classy approach to life, and family monitoring (forever a mother) will always be remembered. Her loving devotion to her family will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents, Goduti is predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard. She is survived by her three sons, John Goduti and partner, Bill Alfonzo, of New York City, Richard Goduti and wife, Shannon, of Falmouth and their children, Ian, Lex, Matt and Neil; and James Goduti and wife, Beth, of Cape Elizabeth and their sons, Nicholas and William; her brother, Lawrence Charles Johnston and wife, Carolyn, of Ellsworth; close cousins, Frances Dean, of Mill Valley, Calif., and Barbara Williams, of East Booth Bay Harbor; and seven nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Pat Lyons, her primary care person and friend.
The family held a private memorial service for Goduti. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Eleanor’s honor to the Good Shepard Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807.