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Born and raised in Poultney, Vermont, Elaine was Salutatorian of her graduating high school class and later graduated from Green Mountain Junior College. Her first job was with the Proctor Trust Company where she worked during her high school senior year through a program that allowed her to earn credit toward graduation. She continued with the bank while a student at Green Mountain College. Upon leaving work at the bank, she began work at Green Mountain College in the Business Office retiring from the College in 1997 with nearly 30 years of service as Administrative Assistant to the Librarian. While employed there, she enjoyed working with Librarian Douglas Durkee, Reference Librarian Margot McKinney Bouchard and a lot of volunteers in the creation of the Welsh Room collection. She is a 'natural' as a volunteer to the WAGS library through her membership in Retired Senior Volunteer Program and her years of library experience.
Elaine has been interested in genealogy for a number of years, but raising two daughters kept it aside in her life until her retirement. A cousin of her father provided to her beginning research in her family's tree. She notes that in the 1860s, her great grandfather, Griffith Howell Morris, came to America with his brother Thomas leaving his two children behind in Wales with his mother and two sisters. His wife, Ann William Parry, had previously died. When his mother passed away, his two sisters, Margaret and Ellen came over to the US and brought his two children, Ellen and William Morris. Griffith married Mrs. Richard Williams (Margaret Thomas), a widow with two children, John and Morris Williams, on September 14, 1872. Griffith was one of the three first deacons of the Welsh Church in South Poultney, Vermont and was the Church Treasurer.
Elaine has been an active volunteer in the Slate Valley region of Vermont/New York often volunteering time to: the Poultney Woman's Club, the United Methodist Church and its Women's club, American Legion Auxiliary, the Young-At-Heart Senior Center, Poultney Area St. David's Society (secretary and past treasurer), Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Green Mountain College, Slate Valley Museum Foundation, and the Poultney Historical Society. She is also a Life member of the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association.
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UPDATED: 1 January, 2011