Joan L. (Riley) Elwell

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Dolby, Blais & Segee - Windham Chapel
434 River Road
Windham, ME

GORHAM - Joan L. (Riley) Elwell, 78, of Gorham passed away on Nov. 6, 2018 at the Springbrook Center in Westbrook.  The daughter of Martin and Mildred (Winter) Riley, she was born on February 24, 1940 in Windham. She attended school in Gorham. On May 8, 1963, she married Bob Elwell of Westbrook. They settled in Westbrook to raise their three children. Joan drove school buses for Westbrook and Windham for 18 years. She loved all the children she carried on her buses.  For the last 32 years, Joan and Bob lived in Patio Park in Gorham. Joan loved to dance at Highland Grove where she and Bob first met. Joan enjoyed painting, yard sales, and playing beano.  Joan laughed easy.  Joan and Bob truly loved each other and went everywhere together.  She was predeceased by her sisters Ellen, Diddy and Donna, and her brothers Philip, Raymond, Bud and Ronald.  Joan is survived by her husband Bob, of 55 years; her children, Tammy Johnson of Gorham, Susan Collins of Virginia, and Robbie Elwell Jr. and his wife, Mary of Standish; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Joan's family wishes to thank the nurses, Randy, Ellen, Kim and Jasmine and the staff on the third floor of Compassus Hospice Care for the loving care that they gave to her.  Joan's desire was that services be private for her family. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook. Arrangements are under the care of the Windham Chapel of Dolby, Blais & Segee.  Please visit to view Joan's tribute page and to sign her online guestbook.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan's memory to the Activities Fund Attn: Miriam Haley Springbrook Center 300 Spring St. Westbrook ME 04092  

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 8, 2018
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