October 31, 1913November 27, 2017

Leola M. Roberts, 104

Winslow – Leola M. Roberts, 104, a lifetime resident of Winslow passed away on Monday November 27, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Oakland. She was born in Winslow on Halloween October 31, 1913, the daughter of Flora (Ellis) and William McCaslin. She attended Winslow schools and graduated from Winslow High School, Class of 1932.

Leola first worked at The Green Lantern Inn on the Augusta Road as a short order cook. She then graduated from the Thayer School for Nurse’s Aide in 1942 and during WWII volunteered many hours with the American Red Cross. She then worked for Diamond International in Oakland for 14 years and retired in 1962.

Leola married Ralph W. Roberts on August 27, 1937 and together they had a daughter, Charlene. She was active member of the First Baptist Church in Waterville, serving as a Life Deacon, past president for the Ida M. Whittemore Philathea Class and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the Winslow Sunshine Club for the Blind.

Through the years Leola had many interests with genealogy being especially important; she self-published two books entitled, “McCaslins of Maine” and “The Ellis Family from Massachusetts into Maine”. She also wrote poetry and short stories and self-published five of these, most noteworthy being “Echoes of the Past” which can be found in the Winslow and Waterville public libraries. Other interests were oil painting, an extensive doll collection and making doll clothes for them, arts and crafts, as well as crocheting afghans.

She is survived by her daughter Charlene Ellis of Oakland; her grandchildren: Michael Ellis and his wife Jodi of Oakland; Lisa Moulton and her husband John of Winslow; eight great-grandchildren: Tasha, Sara, Christopher, Ryan, Jessie, Michael, Matthew, Andrew and Lindsay; five great-great-grandchildren: Camdyn, Colin, Blaine, Colby and Reese; and several nieces and nephews. Leola was predeceased by her beloved son-in-law Blaine Ellis in 2015.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to: Bruce McCaslin, Barbara Lambert, Jeff McCaslin and Paulette Chapman for their love and support of Leola.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 1 Park Street, Waterville. Burial will follow in McClintock Cemetery, Nowell Road, Winslow. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Leola’s family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Leola’s memory to: First Baptist Church, 1 Park Street, Waterville, ME 04901.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Burial Saturday, December 2, 2017


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December 21, 2017

Mrs Ellis, Mike and Lisa...

I'm so sorry for this loss. I'm sending you love and peace at this oh so difficult time

Tina Trask Boag Oakland

Ronda Karr Sandoval

December 3, 2017

May you dance with the Angels. Rest in Paradise precious lady. Ronda Karr Sandoval

Mark McPheters

December 2, 2017

Leola was a good friend and she and Bill did a lot for the Waterville first Baptist church for many years.

Russ LaFlamme

December 1, 2017

Leola was a great visit always willing to tell you a story and share laughs. She was a wonderful person whom I was glad I had time to get to know. She loved God and loved others; well done, thy faithful servant of the living God. Russ LaFlamme, Pastor First Baptist Church, Waterville

Kitten & Richard

December 1, 2017

Is it everything you thought it'd be...
Or is it so much more than even you could dream..
Rest in peace lovely lady, and know how much you will be missed.
Condolences to Charlene, Lisa, and the family.

Anne Soucy (Lizotte)

November 30, 2017

To Leola's Family...may your memories of this awesome lady be of comfort to you at this time. I was her neighbor growing up and still remember the Halloween party I attended at her house. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with her a couple years ago when I went to see her at the nursing home. Impressive lady! May she rest in peace with her dear husband Ralph.