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Sponsored obituary: Elaine Channel 1928 – 2006

Elaine Channel slipped away on Saturday, January 6, 2006, after a long illness. She fought hard until the very end, and the world is a very different place because of her good and generous life. Elaine was born in Montrose, Colorado, on January 1, 1928. She was the third child of Clement and Vinnie Leech who would have five additional children after her. The family moved to Pasadena in 1936. She received her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics at Pasadena College, teaching credential at UCLA and Masters in Education from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She married Larry Channel on August 31, 1947 in Pasadena.

Elaine was wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and long term

library volunteer. Her first teaching job was at Mark Keppel High



School in Alhambra. In 1955, Larry and Elaine had their first child,

and Elaine became a fulltime wife and mother. She raised five




children and moved the family several times between California and

Washington D.C. Elaine eventually went back to work, teaching math

at Marshall High School in Pasadena, and later in Maryland high

schools. She accepted a position as Professor of Mathematics at

Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. In 1990 Elaine and

Larry retired and moved to Nevada City.

Elaine soon became very involved in Nevada County public

libraries. She served as President of Friends of the Library and

worked on Measures B and C for tax support for the libraries. She

served on the Library Foundation and the Oversight Committee. She

was webmaster and newsletter editor for the Friends. Elaine was also active in California Retired Teachers Association, service clubs, and church and social organizations. She enjoyed travel, computer

games, solving puzzles, rugmaking and knitting. She was an

excellent writer and had a keen analytical mind.

Elaine is survived by her husband Larry and five children, Robert

Channel of Pacifica, Susan Channel of South Lake Tahoe, Cheryl

Matern of Spokane, WA, Timothy Channel of Huntington Beach, and

Janet Tajii of Torrance. She saw all of her children receive college

degrees. She has seven grandchildren: Christopher, Kevin and Brian

Tajii, Ryan and James Matern, and Heather and Bryce Channel. Her

surviving siblings are brothers Richard of Parker Arizona, Ralph of

Monrovia, David of Loveland, Colorado, and Ronald of Hurricane,

Utah, and sister Ruth Feldman of Glendale, CA. She was predeceased by a brother Robert in 1943 and a sister Marilyn in 1967.

Elaine was a loving, caring woman who grew more wise and

beautiful with each passing year. Family, friends, and acquaintances

were moved by her sensitivity and acceptance. Throughout her

illness, and even into her last hours, she touched those around her

with her dignity and courage.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Aid – Thrift

Shop, 317 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The memorial service will be on Saturday, January 14 at 11 AM,

Hooper and Weaver Chapel, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

Reception will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver, Nevada City.


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