AUGUSTA - Elaine Ruth Leighton-Badershall, daughter of Georgia and Everett Leighton, passed away at her home in Augusta Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2013, with her husband and son at her bedside after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Guest Book is expired.
Elaine was born in Jamaica Plain, Mass., Jan. 30, 1935, but soon after moved to North Wayne and then to Kents Hill. She was educated and attend the school in North Wayne and Readfield, then on to Kents Hill. She graduated in the class of '53. She continued with a business degree obtained at Gates College in Augusta.
While at Kents Hill her four years, she enjoyed field hockey and tennis, where she earned her jacket and letter along with a state title in women's single tennis.
As a young girl she found a love for music with the violin and piano. With this love of music she provided her son the same gift. She was a member of her local church and the North Wayne Rainbow Girls Club, a 60-year member of the Readfield Grange, and the Readfield Historical Society.
Elaine met her husband of 58 years on the very street they have called home since they married. Roger C. was changing a tire on his car in the fall of '54 as Elaine and her friend walked by. Elaine teased and questioned Roger of his ability to change a tire in the dark. This only made Roger work at a much quicker pace so he could catch up with these two ladies on foot. He caught up to them, the rest is history.
They soon married on Roger's mother's birthday of Jan. 17, 1955. Elaine was employed by the state of Maine for 25 years, June 1, 1954-March 14, 1980, as a secretary. She worked for many departments for the state such as State Highway Garage, Department of Transportation, Treasury Department, Electricians License Exam Board, Banks and Banking Department, just to name a few. The state assisted her education by flying her to Smithfield, R.I., for many weekends so she could attend accounting and professional secretary seminars at Bryant College. She would earn her Class 3 Stenographer title there.
While married she enjoyed and loved to ride their motorcycles starting in the mid '60s till the late '80s. Supporting her son's dream of racing motorcycles, she loved to attend motocross races and as a family drove many miles to race with bike in tow. She made it all happen. Elaine and her husband traveled the United States with their motorcycle club, the Tri-City Cycle Club & the International Retreads (over 40) Motorcycle Club. She loved to travel the Amish country of Lancaster, Pa., to enjoy the food, people and the handwork they do. Her many hobbies included sewing all those patches on her son's Levi, knitting all those hats, sweaters, scarfs, mittens, slippers and earmuff headbands. Her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking, baking all those breads, muffins and cookies. Canning her favorites like tomatoes, dillybeans and her much missed green tomato relish. She enjoyed her time on the CB Radio with the Kennebec River CB'ers Club in the '70s. She went by "Dynamite" as an ID on air. She enjoyed the many trips down the mighty Kennebec River on her boat the "Don't Matter" to Boothbay where friends and fellow boaters would meet on the deck of McSeagulls for Mudslides and shrimp.
Elaine was active with her husband in the American Legion Post No. 2 and was a past president of the Women's Auxillary. She enjoyed her friends during the week at the post with her "2 O'Clock Club" buddies. She assisted in the kitchen there whenever called upon.
Cancer never slowed Elaine. She remained highly active around the house with great inner strength. She greeted each day and all with a smile no matter the struggle she endured for so long. She will be remembered as the foundation of her family that she loved so much.
Elaine is predeceased by her mother and father; and her one sister, Geniva Leighton-Bittues. She is survived by her one and only husband, Roger C.; and her only son, Roger E. "Rody"; many nieces and nephews and countless number of dear friends she cherished.
Elaine requested and therefore will be no funeral service or visitation as her wish was to be cremated. A burial will take place in the spring on Riverside Drive in Augusta.
The family would like to thank the following for their love, support and caring, as you humble us with your show of affection for our Elaine. To Dr. Richard Polkinhorn and his compassionate staff at the Alfond Center for Cancer Care, the entire staff of the Gibson Pavillion at Maine-Med of Portland whom showed care above and beyond all expectations. A special thank-you to Maine Medical's Dr. Douglas Howell for his expertise in his field, Dr. Baggett, Dr. Colman, the amazing staff of MaineGeneral Hospice-Gardiner Unit. If not for your assitance, her wish to pass at home would not have been possible.
The following friends went out of the way so many times, words cannot express the gratitude we have for you all. Rose Ellen England, Larry and Cathy Horne, Heidi and Joanne Dunn, Gary Knight, Lisa Bittues-Steevs, Jason Turcotte, Doug Wheelock, Peter Lagace, John Mulholland, Bob Morrisette, Rob Payson, Nate Jovin, Staci Grazioso, Jeremy Badershall and the staff of Osco Drug at Shaws. If we left anyone out it was not intentional, we love you all for all you have shown this family.
A celebration of her life will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at the American Legion Post No. 2 on Capital Street Extension, Augusta.
Published in Kennebec Journal on Dec. 7, 2013