She was known most of her life as "Elaine" to her family and friends until moving to the state of Maine, where she was known as "Lucy."
She married at a young age to William Grant White of Old Fort. Their marriage ended after 22 years, during which time they had one son, Charles Norman White of Chatsworth, Ga.; and one daughter, Lillian Michelle Moore of Windham, Maine.
At the age of 19, she spent three months of her life in a coma after a fatal car accident resulting in the loss of their unborn child of eight months. As the years passed she underwent multiple surgeries and hospitalizations for various reasons. Even though her body was worn out at an early age, her spirit remained strong.
She was a very loving and giving person, and never met a stranger. She loved meeting new people and making new friends. She was also an animal lover who was fond of cats, dogs, birds, etc., and throughout her life she had several pets who were very special to her. She also was somewhat of an artist and decorating was her specialty. She loved nature, trees, flowers, plants, rain, and the white, fluffy snow of Maine winters. But what she loved most was her family.
Unfortunately, the thing that she loved most, she lost. She suffered from a mental disorder known as bipolar. Up until 18 months ago she had been diagnosed with having an anxiety disorder and some depression. And because her mental disorder went undiagnosed and untreated, little by little over the years it gradually took its toll on her, as well as the people she loved. During the last four years her mental illness took her on a never-ending roller coaster ride from apartments, to hospitals, to homeless shelters to hotels, until her suicidal statements wound up admitting her in a psychiatric hospital in Chattanooga.
Eventually, her family and friends came to the conclusion that "she has always been that way" or "she is just playing another game." For years her family and friends tried to help her but no matter what they did, it was never enough. When she moved to Maine, she made dozens of friends; you couldn't help but fall in love with her as she was full of life and charm. But, as quickly as she made friends she lost them, because of her uncontrolled mental illness.
To all those whose lives she touched, please know that buried deep inside her was a kind, caring, loving, giving soul trying to reach out.
A memorial service will be held in the hearts and memories of those who loved her and her ashes will be scattered on the coast of Maine at one of her favorite locations.
Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland Maine 04103, was in charge of arrangements.