(Iris) Elaine W. Purington

Gray, ME - (Iris) Elaine Whitten Purington, was born in Boston on June 28, 1927, daughter of Ralph and Margaret Whitten.  Elaine moved to Portland at the age of 12 and went to the Cummings School and then Deering High School graduating in 1943.  She married Donald Purington in 1949 and raised four children in the house they built in her father’s vegetable garden on Jackson St.   

They summered in the camp they built on Little Sebago Lake in Gray. She worked as a secretary for Union Mutual (UNUM), Travelers Insurance, Nelson & Small, and the Portland Water District. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years. She was a long time member of the North Deering Congregational Church.  

Elaine was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Ralph Henry Whitten, Jr. and Carl Ernest Whitten, as well as her husband, Donald Purington.  

She is survived by her brothers, David “Pete” Whitten and his wife Cheryl of Florida and Richard Whitten and his wife Mary Ellen of Oregon. She also leaves her four children; Stephen Purington and his wife, Alice, Karen White and her partner Ed Getty, Lisa Jordan and her husband Wayne and Susan Marean and her husband Steve; as well as six grandchildren; Jim and Joe White, Andrea Laskey and Kim Bickford, and Wesley and Chase Marean, three great grandchildren, Emily White, Forrest and Iris Laskey and many nieces and nephews across the country.


Friends & family are invited to camp on August 3, 2018 at 4 p.m. for a celebration of Elaine’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:

Little Sebago Lake Association

PO Box 912

Windham, ME 04062-0912


0 #2 Carol Barker 2018-07-21 19:30
Karen and family, my condolences for the passing of your mother. I will always remember how gracious she was as the "hostess" at camp and how she welcomed all who went there. She was happy at camp and it is fitting that her memorial service will be there.
Carol Barker
0 #1 Rita Weisberg 2018-07-17 13:00
II was very sad to read of Elaine's passing. I enjoyed working with her at the Portland Water District. She was a lovely lady and we shared many happy memories working together there. My deepest sympathy to the family.

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