YARMOUTH — Elsie Viola Erickson Maynard, 89, died peacefully on Oct. 3 at Bay Square at Yarmouth.
She was born July 30, 1925, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The only child of Swedish and Finnish immigrants Joel Erickson and Hulda Back Erickson, she had many wonderful memories of growing up in central Massachusetts.
She studied at Becker Junior College, where she also began working after graduation. There she met a dear friend Rowena (Maynard) Hanson, who introduced her to Ervin “Bud” Maynard, Rowena’s brother. Elsie and Bud were soon married and then moved to Maine, where he worked with the state Department of Transportation.
Maynard was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She was a longtime member of the Wilton Congregational Church and enjoyed volunteering and participating in parish activities. She was also an active member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crafts, reading, a good cup of coffee and her close friendships with Bev Franchetti, Sheila Kane and Clair Hill.
Maynard and her husband enjoyed many good years after his retirement, traveling and taking in theater. They were season ticket-holders at Maine State Music Theatre, and frequently saw shows in New York City. They were also were active in the lives of their grandsons, and especially enjoyed attending their sporting events.
After the death of her husband in 2006, Maynard battled the onset of dementia, but handled it with courage and dignity.
She is survived by two sons and their families, Kurt and Patty (Mudge) Maynard, of Skowhegan, and Steven and Wendy (Day) Maynard, of South Portland. She also leaves three grandsons, E.J. and Amy Maynard, of Baltimore, Maryland, Ben and Kim Maynard of East Windsor, Connecticut, and Michael Maynard of Springfield, Massachusetts.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Harbor Care Unit within Bay Square at Yarmouth, as well as the CHANS hospice staff and volunteers, for their care and compassion.
There will be a small, private service at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.