Elaine Howell


SAVONA – Elaine Howell 60, of Savona passed unexpectedly on April 29, 2023. She was the daughter of Elwood T. Hilligus and Joyce Eaves, born on May 1, 1962 in the town of Urbana.

Her dedication to her work ethic had her in the bakery business for the majority of her 45+ working years. Elaine was the hardest working woman you’ve ever met. Starting with babysitting at the age of 13, followed by the old pizza shop in Hammondsport, where she grew up. She started at P&C Foods in 1980, and spent over 30 years at various locations and in many departments. Her favorite department was the bakery, where she had a deep love for her work and she spent the greater part of her career at P&C and finishing as the Bakery Manager at Tops Markets. During the early years of her professional career she worked full and part-time, all while being the best mother anyone could want and providing for her two children as a single mother.

Elaine loved to shop as much as she liked to keep busy. She frequented Mac’s Dairy Bar, Oak Hill and Dutch Kuntry, often with family and friends and penny shopping at the local DG’s. Spending time with her family was always on her to-do list. Her love of family was a trait she possessed beginning in her childhood, always making sure everything and everyone was taken care of and thought about. Elaine had a deep affection for animals, especially her furry son Kenseth, and grandpup Olive. Taking care of her “babies”, the hummingbirds, was her favorite time of year and she always watched for visiting cardinals.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Richard. Her best friend and daughter Kaylie Nichols (Eric Zurlick). Her sons, Kyle Nichols (Jennifer Catron), Kavan Howell (Taylor Dillon), and Tristan Howell. Sisters, Carolyn Hilligus (Steve), Marcia Guiles, Deb DeCamp (Roger), Kari Adams (Todd) and Amy Farrand (Steve). Brothers, Brian Hilligus (Mary), Richard Eaves (Lisa), Bruce Hilligus (Kelli), Gus Hilligus, and Thom Tebo (Mary). Her mother and father-in-law, Peg and Tom Tebo. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Pam Turner. Mom was one of the best humans to grace everyone’s world as well as the best Mother, wife, sister, friend, cornhole champion and smack talker.

To know her was to love her. And in the words of her idol, Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You”.

Elaine was always helping those in need and paying it forward. She had a long time devotion and respect for animals and our country’s Veterans. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to your local SPCA or Veteran related association.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 1p-6p at White Tail Ridge Farm, 9311 West Road Savona, NY.

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport is honored to assist Elaine’s family with the arrangements.

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