Ellena W. (Washer) Adcock, age 94, died peacefully on March 14th while surrounded by her family. She was the loving daughter of the late Floyd and Mildred (Jenney) Washer and grew up in Keene NH. She was a graduate of Keene High School, Class of 1944 and later attended Boston University and Keene State. She studied music and education until the untimely death of her father.
She met a charming Navy Officer, John H. Adcock while on a blind date with his friend. Ellena and John began dating and corresponded through letters during John’s time in the Navy. They courted when he returned from the service and were married June 16, 1951.They moved to Somerville and started their life together and a family. John took a job in Brockton moving Ellena, daughter, and new baby to Brockton. Later they moved to East Bridgewater where Ellena has resided since.
Ellena began a lifelong love for music and piano when she received her first piano at age ten. The home was filled with music. John had played sax and clarinet and they had an extensive record collection. Ellena played piano at night to lull her two daughters to sleep.
Later she taught piano lessons in her home and directed the Junior Choir at her church. She began a lengthy career teaching in Pre School and nursery school. She taught at East Bridgewater Kindergarten, Coop Nursery, and EB Learning Express all housed at the Union Congregational Church in East Bridgewater. She was an active member of the church and served on many committees. After John’s passing she became the organist for 31 years at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Easton. She eventually became a member and was actively involved in committees and activities at the church.
Ellena never was able to drive a car and laughingly always said, “If I ever win the lottery I’ll buy a chauffer”. However she never had to look far for a ride. She was a kind, giving woman and her sweet personality encouraged people to want to drive her. When she moved to her own East Bridgewater Housing for the Eldery apartment, she loved the freedom of going on the little bus to do her shopping and errands.
Later in life she became “Super Gramma” to her three grandchildren. She would take care of them, read an extra story, sing them a song or “scratch their back”. She attended the sports practices, games, and all events they were involved in. She continued this with her great grandchildren, who called her “G G”.
She was a member of Rainbow Girls, Grand Worthy Advisers and later a member of Eastern Star. She was an avid reader, loved all kinds of music, shopping, sewing, and knitting. She pursued adult classes at Bridgewater State and was a member of their recorder group. She later joined Melodians where she played piano and sang.
Ellena was the loving wife of the late John H. Adcock. Devoted mother of Ellena L. Hooker “Lainie” and partner Mark Peterson of East Bridgewater, Stephanie J. Cruz and her husband Michael of East Bridgewater. Proud “Gramma” to Justin Cruz and his wife Joanna of Jamaica Plain, Amanda Hill and her husband Roger of East Bridgewater, and Jonathan (Jon) C. Hooker of RI. Loving “GG” to Brayden and Colin Cruz, Wyatt and Wynnie Hill.
Due to the Coronavirus, all services for Ellena will be held privately.
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