Sixth Generation


351. Almond Eugene Jellison was born on 21 April 1926 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Delivered by Dr. F. J. Murphy. He was educated in 1951 in Colby College. He died pancreatic cancer on 8 March 2012 at the age of 85 in Machias, Washington County, Maine, USA. SWAN’S ISLAND and MACHIAS — A. Eugene “Gene” Jellison, 85, died March 8, 2012. Gene was born April 21, 1926, the son of Almond E. and Rilla (Hennigar) Jellison Sr.
An active member of the theater community, Gene participated in multiple theater groups and projects throughout his life. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Colby College in Waterville and a Master of Arts degree from UCLA. He received multiple awards during his time at Colby College and after graduating served as director of the college’s drama department. It was also at Colby College where Gene met his wife, Carolyn Bruning of Scarsdale, N.Y. Before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, Gene was widely known for his work with the Knox County Theatre Guild and the Waterville and Rockland community theater groups. After moving to the West Coast, Gene became a member of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild, through which he directed many plays and won the Geoffrey Award four times. Gene served on the Guild’s board of directors for six years. Gene’s capacity for dramatic talent also enriched the lives of students at Santa Monica High School, where he taught for many years and greatly expanded the school’s drama department. After retirement, Gene and Carolyn moved permanently to Maine where their passion for the dramatic arts continued. Gene will be remembered by residents of Swan’s Island and Machias for his great contributions to community theater. On Swan’s Island, Gene founded the Hockamock Players, a theater group that provided island residents and visitors with many memorable evenings of summer entertainment.
Gene is survived by daughters, Katherine Rosenfeld, Rilla, Robin, and Francesca Jellison; son, Paul Jellison; grandson, Benjamin Rosenfeld; and niece Candis Joyce. Gene’s death followed not long after the deaths of his brother, Richard, and wife, Carolyn, who died Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 3, 2012, respectively
A service of remembrance and family gathering commemorating, Carolyn and Gene’s lives will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at their summer cottage, Swan’s Island. The ferry leaves the dock in Bass Harbor at 10:30 a.m. The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions to the Hockamock Players, P.O. Box 372, Swan’s Island, ME 04685. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com. Almond was buried on 10 June 2012 in Rose Hill cemetery, Atlantic. Lived in Califormia.

Almond Eugene Jellison and Carolyn Eugenie Bruning were married in March 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA. Carolyn Eugenie Bruning, daughter of Paul J. Bruhning and Vashti Cope, was born on 20 February 1932 in Scarsdale, New York, USA. She was educated in 1951 in Colby College. She died on 3 January 2012 at the age of 79 in Machias, Washington County, Maine, USA. SWAN’S ISLAND and MACHIAS — Carolyn E.Jellison, 79, died Jan. 3, 2012, at the Down East Community Hospital, Machias, from complication from advanced stages of pancreatic cancer. Her husband, Eugene “Gene” A. Jellison, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade, died March 8, 2012. She was born Feb. 20, 1932, the daughter of Paul J. and Vashti (Cope) Bruning in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Carolyn’s childhood and formative years were spent living in that suburban New York community, where she attended the Scarsdale public schools. It was during these early years that she discovered a deep and abiding affection for music and the theater. As a teenager she showed considerable talent as a pianist and, although she never studied voice professionally, had a natural singing talent, a good ear and a pure soprano voice. She performed as a soloist in numerous high school musical productions, including Handel’s “Messiah.” Upon her graduation from high school in 1950, Carolyn attended Colby College in Waterville, where her artistic interests broadened to include drama. She performed in many college dramatic productions and it was while attending Colby that she met and fell in love with Gene Jellison, who was a teaching assistant in the drama department. The two were married in March 1955 in Los Angeles, Calif. After their wedding the Jellisons moved back to New York for two years, where Gene pursued a course of graduate study at Columbia University. They were drawn back to the West Coast in the late 1950s, however, where Gene taught English and drama at Santa Monica High School and Carolyn and Gene raised their family. Each summer,during the long school vacation, the family made the long cross-country trek from their home in bustling Los Angeles to spend the summer holiday in the bucolic and peaceful setting of Swan’s Island, where Gene had spent his boyhood. Throughout these many years the Jellisons were active in community theater productions, Gene as a director, Carolyn as an actress. Even after retirement the couple organized and were instrumental in maintaining active community theater groups, both on Swan’s Island and in Machias, the community they adopted after returning to the East Coast.
She is survived by her five children, Katherine Rosenfeld of Arlington, Mass., Robin Jellison of Bangor, Christina “Rilla” Jellison of Voorhees, N.J., Francesca Jellison of Portland,and Paul Jellison of Machias and Swan’s Island; one grandson, Benjamin Rosenfeld, of Cambridge, Mass.
A service of remembrance and family gathering commemorating, Carolyn and Gene’s lives will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at their summer cottage, Swan’s Island. The ferry leaves the dock in Bass Harbor at 10:30 a.m.Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com. Carolyn was buried on 10 June 2012 in Rose Hill cemetery, Atlantic.

Almond Eugene Jellison-4240 and Carolyn Eugenie Bruning-32276 had the following children:

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Robin Jellison was born (date unknown).

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Christina "Rilla" Jellison was born (date unknown).

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Katherine Jellison-32279.

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Francesca Jellison was born (date unknown).

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Paul Milton Jellison was born (date unknown).