Alene Abram |

Alene Abram

Services for Alene Marie James Abram will be conducted Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Abram died Sunday, Jan. 9, at Greenway Manor Nursing Home in Spring Green, Wis. She was 89.

She was born Aug. 6, 1915, in Grass Valley, to Frank and Anne James. She was an only child. As a child, she always wanted to be a teacher and she later tutored summer students. She was valedictorian of both her eighth-grade class and her high-school class. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with highest honors in Spanish and foreign languages from the University of California at Berkeley. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She became a high-school Spanish and Latin teacher and taught in California for 30 years. She married Joseph Tilden Abram on July 3, 1943, in Gadsden, Ala. They lived in southern California and enjoyed numerous trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They were both active in organizations and club work, including 4-H activities with their daughter. She was president of the Ontario American Legion Auxiliary and San Bernardino County Forty and Eight Auxiliary. She also served as secretary of the Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Janice and Bill Mytton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Joseph Tilden Abram, in 1996.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alene James Abram Valedictorian Scholarship for Nevada Union High School in care of Janice Mytton, 856 N. Stillwater Road, Absarokee, Mont. 59001.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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