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Obituary for Joyce Elaine Porter Peck

Article Date: 
10 December, 2010 - 06:00

Elaine was born on February 24, 1925 in Porterville, Utah to Lawrence A. and Gertrude Alice Florence Porter.  
She passed away December 03, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.
Elaine married Farris W. Peck March 15, 1946.  Farris died May 23, 1978.
She graduated from Beauty School.  Through the years she worked many jobs.  She managed 60 units of apartments for UCLA students for over 20 years.  She had a love for her students and her job.  
She loved a soft sweater, cross word puzzles, ice cream and the colors blue and green.  She loved to make jams and play cards on the computer.  She loved all sports and a good shopping spree at “Trader Joe’s”.   She had a great patience for babies.  Her mornings were spent reading to great-grandchildren.
She lived her younger years when times were hard – you worked hard, you laughed a lot and needed that close-knit family to always be there.  She tried to live her life full of optimism.  She would say on a serious day, “Promise yourself to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  To think only the best and have a peace of mind – to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit trouble.  To wear a smile and make others feel that there is something in them.  To always be happy about the success of others.”
She was born into a family of 13 children – her number was 11.  Does that feel lucky?  Nine   brothers and three sisters.  When Aunt Elaine talked of her brothers, she would say, “They made me tough”.  They never knew I was a delicate flower.  She had a throaty laugh and the best sense of humor.  She loved her phone calls from Utah but the caller always had the last laugh because of that warm feeling that was left.  Aunt Elaine always knew that when she came down that hill into Porterville, saw that old house, heard Russell’s roar - that she was home.  Her life was spent in far away places but Porterville was always home.  She was loved.
After retiring from UCLA she made her home with daughter Shannon and husband Geoff in Seattle, Washington.  
She was much loved and had the time to be the special Mother and Grandmother she was.  Shannon and Geoff were there for her to the end.  When you live in a home with your daughter’s family, there is always a bright light and that light was her granddaughter Camille and grandson Willie.  Willie, Grandma wants you to keep up the good work.  In addition to having those much-needed talks they shared, Camille brought to her Grandmother the special gift of Great-grandchildren – Hayes, Violet and Larry.  
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, one son Larry, eight brothers Clyde, Gilbert, Frank, Russell, Walt, Farrell, Bob and Max; two sisters – Faun and June and her parents.  
Survivors are daughter Shannon Simms (Geoff), Seattle, Wa.  son Mickey (Lisa) of  Alhambra, California, four grandchildren; Camille (Josh Mustard), Willey, Sean and Heather; three great-grandchildren; one brother Jay Porter, of Morgan and one sister Marge P. Porter of Sacramento, California.
Memorial services at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to           shansim@comcast.net
 “Goodnight Maine”!