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Ellen Jacobson Loring

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LORING, Ellen Jacobson 87, died December 11, 2010, at her home in Naples, Florida after a long illness. She was born July 11, 1923, in Rotterdam, Holland, and emigrated to the United States with her parents in 1939. She is predeceased by her parents Henriette and Joseph Jacobson of Paris, France and New York City; her husband Allison Loring formerly of Brooklyn, New York, Eastport, Maine, Southport, Maine, and Naples, Florida; and by her son, Roland Loring. Together with Ellen's parents, Allison and Ellen built Argenta Products Company in Eastport, Maine and New Jersey, which manufactured Pearlescence, also known as "pearl essence". During her life in Eastport, Ellen served on numerous boards for education and health facilities. Ellen was also an artist specializing in textile and stenciling. She was a member of American Decorative Art Society and today her work can be viewed at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. In Naples, she opened one of the first Needlepoint shops ("Outlook too") where she shared her love of textiles with young and old. Ellen and her late husband, Allison gave many scholarships to students from Maine in order to help them continue their studies in the arts at the University of Maine. Ellen and Allison, also supported the Naples symphony and hospital. Ellen will be remembered for her sophistication, elegance, and loyalty. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, and grandmother. She leaves her cherished daughter, Joan and son-in-law, Bill Alfond from Boston, MA; three loving grandchildren, State Senator Justin Alfond and his wife Rachael from Portland, ME, Kenden Alfond and her husband Charles Vincent and great-granddaughter Yael Chava from Geneva, Switzerland; and Reis Alfond and his wife Stefanie Alfond of New York City, NY. Funeral services will be held 12 PM, Noon, Thursday, Dec. 16, at Beth Israel Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Loring/Jacobson Scholarship, University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469- 5792, or to www.umainefoundation.org. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor, Maine.

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 14, 2010
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