Editors Note: Over the last year I had the good fortune to work closely with Elaine on the Plymouth Memory Tree to help Plymouth residents recover from Tropical Storm Irene. Our community benefited in so many ways thanks to Elaine’s dedication, even while facing her illness. I will also miss the whimsical photos she always provided to the Plymouth Press.
-Jen Flaster, Plymouth Press Editor
Below is the obituary which appears this week in The Vermont Standard.
A memorial service for Elaine Gambone, 60, who died at home after a long illness, will be held at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Bridgewater Corners on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.
Elaine was born Sept. 11, 1952 in Boston, Mass., daughter of Salvatore and Heloise (Lucier) Gambone.
She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1970. She attended University of Vermont and Castleton State College before graduating from Community College of Vermont in 1989 and Johnson State College in 1995. Elaine studied herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar. Elaine loved to sing and studied voice for many years and sang in area churches.
Elaine and Eric Johnsen married on September 13, 1972 and have lived in Plymouth since 1974.
They operated E&E Tree Service from 1974 to 1986 and E&E Horticultural Services from 1991 to the present.
Elaine loved to garden and created many gardens in the Plymouth-Woodstock area. Her perennial and vegetable gardens at her home on Messer Hill delighted both her and visitors alike.
Another passion was cooking, from soups to desserts. She was a master in the kitchen. She also loved to swim, hike, camp, travel and walk her dogs. Her two constant companions were Mason and Oscar, rescued racing greyhounds.
Elaine is survived by her loving husband, Eric, two brothers, Steven and Gerald, and a sister, Denise; also four nephews, Philip, Jacob, Noel and Nicholas.
The community will miss Elaine’s dedication to Green Up Vermont; she was the Plymouth coordinator for over 10 years. She resurrected the Plymouth Memory Tree Fund, a community fund that helps Plymouth residents in need. After Tropical Storm Irene, the fund morphed into Plymouth Memory Tree Community Fund, Inc. Elaine was a leading force within this organization and served as treasurer.
Donations in Elaine’s name may be made to Plymouth Memory Tree Community Fund, PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056.