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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