HARPSWELL — Lee K. Elliot, 86, died on April 26 at her home with her husband and children by her side.
She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Feb., 1, 1926, to Gail G. Peppers and Virginia Peppers. She attended school in Parkersburg and Charleston, where she graduated from high school.
She was awarded a writing scholarship at Northwestern University, where she graduated before moving to New York to pursue a modeling career.
As a model, she worked at the Grace Downs Agency and for the Richard Hudnut and Elizabeth Arden Salons. As Lee Peppers, she was runner-up to Bess Meyerson in the “Miss New York City” contest in 1945.
Her first marriage was to the writer and comedian Raymond Knight. They had two daughters, Colony and Shannon, before his death in 1953.
Elliot went on to join NBC as an assistant TV director, working with Jim Elson and Dwight Hemion.
In 1954 she married radio and TV personality Bob Elliot. Together they had three children, Amy, Bob Jr. and Chris.
Her family and friends will miss her warm smile and razor-sharp sense of humor.
Elliot is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bob; children Colony, Shannon, Amy, Bob Jr. and Chris; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A family memorial will take place later this summer.
The family would like to thank CHANS. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to CHANS, 60 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011.