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Ellen Marie Gibson

February 25, 1961 — June 19, 2022

Calais - Our beloved daughter, sister and mother Ellen Marie (Benner) Gibson 61 passed away tragically in a home fire on June 19, 2022. Ellen was born on February 25, 1961, in Long Beach, California to Robert Benner and Eva (Trott) Benner.

After graduating high school in Augusta, GA, Class 1980, Ellen returned to the Calais area where she attended Washington County Community College, earning her CNA. In the early 90’s, she was employed for both Downeast Community Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital emergency departments. Ellen raised two amazing young men who she was extremely proud of and loved dearly.

Ellen was a pretty, blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who could sing country and gospel music better than anyone else we knew. The next Tonya Tucker or Reba was how her family always described her talent. She was fun and funny (our own Goldie Hawn, or Mrs. A Wiggins). She was the life of family gatherings, always wearing her crown and maintaining the queen’s wave with style even while floating down the stream in Grand Lake. Ellen will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her and especially those of us who loved her. Ellen loved the children in her neighborhood and was known as the” Popsicle Lady”.

Ellen was predeceased by her father, Robert L. Benner; and a brother, John M. Benner. She is survived by her mother, Eva Benner of Calais; two sons, Robert E. Benner and companion Toshia Day of East Machias; and Colby K. Ryan of Calais; two grandchildren, Robert Carter Benner and Philip Benner; sisters, Becky (Andrew) Ramsdell of Baileyville and April (Joe) Wentworth of Arcadia, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will take place at Leland Cemetery in Perry, Maine. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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