SOUTH PORTLAND - Elaine Millicent Flaherty, 93, formerly of South Portland, died Sunday February 24, 2013 at Falmouth by the Sea surrounded by her family. She was born on January 9, 1920 in Hollis a daughter of Laurence A. and Mildred Johnson Sawyer. Elaine was salutatorian and a 1937 graduate of Samuel D. Hansen High School in Buxton. On October 14, 1941 she married Thomas S. Flaherty at St. Dominic's Church. Over the next 10 years she gave birth to seven children. In 1973 Elaine became a licensed real estate broker. She worked for Harden Reality for 13 years and was the first women in the agency to reach million dollar mark in sales. She later worked part time for Joseph C. Flaherty Insurance Agency for 14 years. Elaine was extremely proud of her family and felt her greatest accomplishments were a happy marriage and 7 devoted children. She was a former member of the St. Dominic's Mothers Club; she sang in the Bishops Choir and had served as the secretary of the Portland Elks Lodge Emblem Club for many years. Elaine was a communicant of Holy Cross Church. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Thomas S. Flaherty, Sr. in 1991; a son, Timothy F. Flaherty on Jan. 20, 2013; a sister June L. Ross; three brothers, Ronald M. Sawyer, Ruel W. Sawyer, Dean L. Sawyer. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Elaine Flaherty of South Portland, Kathleen June Smith and husband Donald of Old Orchard Beach; four sons, Thomas S. Flaherty, Jr. and wife Nancy of Falmouth, Peter L. Flaherty and wife Jayne of Old Orchard Beach, Paul C. Flaherty and wife Sandra of Westbrook, John C Flaherty and Michael R. Poulin of South Portland; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Flaherty of Falmouth; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express its heart-felt gratitude to the staff at Falmouth By The Sea for the wonderful care that they gave to our mother. Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. on Friday followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, corner of Broadway and Cottage Roads, South Portland. Spring burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Road, Casco, Maine 04015.Online condolences may be expressed below.