Ellen Tapley Berrie, 82

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HARPSWELL – Ellen Tapley Berrie, 82, died at home on May 13 with her family by her side.

A longtime resident of Harpswell, she was born in Belfast on June 22, 1929, the only child of Dr. Eugene Tapley and his wife, Alice Collicott. She attended Oak Grove School in Vassalboro and Bates College, graduating in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in geology.

Berrie loved literature, art and stamp collecting. For more than 20 years, she was an elementary school librarian with SAD #75, spending most of her time in the Harpswell schools. Her love of books was her driving passion and in her retirement she volunteered as a reading tutor at the West Harpswell School.

She was a member of the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell where she was active as a Sunday school teacher and congregant.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Buggia and Karen Pierce; and grandsons Adam Buggia and Nathan Buggia.

A memorial service was held on May 17 at the Elijah Kellogg Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 8, Harpswell, ME 04079 or to Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick ME 04011

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