OAKLAND, ME--Elva Emeline S. Bard was born on May 26, 1925, the youngest daughter of Lloyd E. C. Sawtelle and Elva E. (Rushton) Sawtelle. She passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.\r\n\r\nShe graduated from Milton LaForest Williams High School, June 9, 1943, where she was active in the Glee Club, Prize Speaking Contests, and Class Plays. She worked in the school office under the N. Y. A.\r\n \r\nDuring World War II she assisted Mildred Libby in preparing the Oakland Banner- a paper sent to Oakland Residents in the service of our country. She attended the All Souls Universalists Church and joined the church at the age of sixteen. She attended the Ferry Beach Institute in Saco twice for study in the Universalists teachings. She taught Sunday school, serving in several different age groups. She was the Primary Superintendent for two years and sang in the choir for most of her life. She was also a member of the Ladies Society Circle, which she served as President for many years. She also served as a church clear for two years.\r\n\r\nIn May 1944, she became a member of Acme Rebekah Lodge and held offices from Outside Guardian to Noble Grand and served two years as treasurer. She held the office of Noble Grand off and on for twelve years. Through the years she served as soloist many times. In 1973-74 she served as Deputy President. She became a member of the Rebekah assembly of Maine in October 1955, and served in several different offices and committees through the years: outside Guardian in 1994-95. She was a member of the Decker-Simmons American legion auxiliary and the Ernest Rutter veteran of foreign wars auxiliary until they gave up their charter when she became a member of the Waterville V.F.W Auxiliary. \r\n\r\nShe was appointed as the Maine department soloist for two years. She was a member of the Miriam Past Noble Grand and served as secretary and president. She received the degree of chivalry and was a member of the Canton Halifax Ladies auxiliary patriarchs militant. She was a member of the Past District deputies association and served as treasurer, secretary, and vice president and held the office of president from 1993-94. In 1990, she attended the international association of Rebekah assemblies in Nashville, Tenn. In 1993, attended sessions held in Chicago, Illinois, and in 1995, attended sessions in Denver, Colorado. In 1996, attended sessions held in Tennessee and in 1997, attended sessions held in Kansas City, MO. \r\n\r\nHer father, mother, sister Lucy Clark and two biological sons, Noel Joseph Bard II of Oakland, ME, and Maine Wilfred Trepanier of Dayton, Ohio died previously.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her husband, Noel Bard of Oakland, ME; her two daughters in-law, Shannon Bard (Noel) of Oakland, ME and Ann Trepanier (Wilfred) of Ohio; her grandchildren, Derek Bard and wife, Sheri of Oakland, ME, and Zoey Hickey and husband, Gary of West Gardiner, ME; three step-sons by her first marriage, Paul A. Trepanier of Connecticut, Oliver D. Trepanier and wife, Georgia of Georgia, and Leo G. Trepanier and wife, Suzanne of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Scott Trepanier and wife, Kelleigh of Georgia, Richard Trepanier of Kentucky, Anita Trepanier, and Matthew Trepanier and wife, Sara all of Ohio; and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Noel Joseph Bard, P.O. Box 93, Oakland, ME 04963 to help defray funeral expenses.\r\n\r\nA memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 2 at the Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, West School Street in Oakland, ME.