Estella Lillian Elliott, 86, of Grove Street, Venice, Fla., (and formerly of Billerica and Medford, Mass.) died unexpectedly at Venice Regional Bayfront Health Friday, June 27, 2014, of an undiagnosed heart condition.
Known as “Stella,” “Auntie,” “Mrs. E.” and “Nana” to her large group of friends and family, Stella was loved and adored for her positive outlook and sense of humor and for having an indefatigable spirit of care-giving. She had lived in Venice the past two years to be closer to family here, after living the majority of her life in Massachusetts.
Stella is 14 years predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, William (Bill) Lawrence Elliott, with whom she shared an open and loving home. Stella and Bill raised their three children, Stella, William Jr. and Thomas in Medford, Mass., and then Billerica, Mass., sharing a duplex with Estella’s surviving brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vera Forsyth, and their three children (Stella’s nieces Robin and Terry, and nephew Robert Jr.)
Stella and Bill were virtually inseparable and enjoyed many vacations together to the Maine coast and to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Stella was a fierce fan of Boston sports, particularly the Red Sox and Patriots.
For many years she managed a sizable vegetable garden and greatly enjoyed cooking for her extended family, especially when hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
An avid reader and fan of mystery novels, Stella enjoyed going to lunch with friends and family, particularly for pasta dishes, as her upbringing in a mostly Italian neighborhood had made her a huge fan of carbohydrate and tomato combinations.
Upon moving to Venice, she had begun to develop a wide social network of friends, and was a valued member of her community for looking in on and supporting others.
Stella was also particularly spiritual and possessed an unequivocal faith in God’s plan for her. This belief was particularly strong toward the end of her life as she welcomed the opportunity to transcend into Heaven to reunite with her husband, her deceased siblings (Al Forsythe and Roberta Forsythe Mahaffey,) her daughter-in-law (Sandra Haroth Elliott,) and her granddaughter (Melissa Fraize Morris.)
Stella will be sorely missed by her daughter, Stella (Elliott) Fraize, and her son-in-law, Fred Fraize (both of Venice, Fla.) and by her sons, William Jr. (Lowell, Mass.) and Thomas Elliott (Venice, Fla.); her brother, Robert Forsythe, and sister-in-law, Vera (McKay) Forsythe (Methuen, Mass.); and her sisters-in-law Beverly Forsythe (New Hampshire) and Carol Elliott Moore (Reading, Mass.)
She is also survived by her grandchildren and in-laws, Darrell Fraize and his wife, Tracy Bailey, Lisa Elliott, Christine Elliott, Brent Elliott and his wife, Brie Elliott, and Melissa’s surviving husband, Craig Morris; seven great-grandchildren (Dylan, Holli, Ali, Ben, Olivia, Logan and Bria); many nieces and nephews’ members of her beloved “Dirty Dozen,” her retirement friends at Aston Gardens and Venetian Walk; and numerous “northern friends.”
Services: In keeping with her wishes, Stella will be cremated and joined with her husband’s ashes. Her family plans for a celebration of her life in New England in the summer of 2015. Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is handling the arrangements. To send condolences, visit: FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers or donations, Stella would wish that you find your own way to celebrate her life surrounded by loved ones.