Elaine Flagg Wilson Braman

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chelsea, Vt. — Elaine Flagg Wilson Braman, 90, of Chelsea died on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield, Vt.

She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Stamford, Conn., the eldest of four children born to Earle E. and Carrie M. Wilson.

She married Wallace P. Braman on May 11, 1947, who predeceased her on Oct. 15, 1992.

Elaine graduated from the Stamford High School and attended University of Connecticut. Her formal educational process was cut short by the deaths of both parents in 1946, leaving her the care of her three siblings. Settling in Chelsea, she met and married Wallace. Her brothers and sister moved to Fairlee under the guardianship of their uncle, Fred Washburn.

From that time on, she was engaged with the duties of farm wife and mother. Her life was characterized by industry, raising and preserving food from the garden, keeping a neat home and cooking endless tasty meals for her family of five children, husband and whoever was helping out or happening through at the time. She held several different jobs using her bookkeeper skills. In the community, she worked on the school hot lunch program several years, and was a leader in the United Church of Chelsea Flea markets. As a member of that church she was active on committees.

She maintained a lifelong interest in her family. During the 1970s and 1980s she and Wallace hosted several family reunions in their spacious dooryard. Pop-up trailers sprouted several times in the nearby field behind the house for the overflowing crowd of family visitors. She was the “keeper” of family memorabilia, having attic space and stability of place, and persistently nudged all of us to pay attention to the old letters and pictures from both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Starting from her childhood experiences at the old Wilson farm in Corinth, she had a sustained delight in casual birding, and love of nature; from raising chickens and selling eggs, to planting flowers and enjoying the outdoors, or spotting deer on a hillside, these God given pleasures lifted her spirits.

She leaves three sons: Dwayne and wife, Peggy, Kevin and wife, Laurie, and Daniel; and two daughters, Valerie and husband, Garry Tobin, and Candace and husband, John Boyd; grandsons, Lucas and wife, Nikki, Spencer and wife, Monique, Adam and Emily Bixby, Ethan, Kyle and wife, Jennifer; and granddaughters, Katelyn, Jasmine, Hannah, Ashley and husband, Zach Grote, Michelle and husband, Eric Pringle, Lindsey and husband, Whitt Bissell, Bethany and husband, Brian Foster, Kelly and Mark LaRocque, Melissa and husband, Zack Laurie, Ashley and husband, Alex Hodgetts; brother, Elwin and wife, Shirley; and sister, Lois Young; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on March 4, 2018, at 1 p.m. at The United Church of Chelsea. The funeral will be held following the calling hour at 2 p.m. with the Pastors Caroline Peake and Darlene (Sherry) Baer officiating.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse and American Missionary Fellowship.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.boardwayandcilley.com.

The Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.