Elinor Lundgren Matter Eis passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at the age of 79.
She was born on July 6, 1924 in Eagle Bend, Minnesota. Her parents were the late Elmer Lundgren and Vandela Peterson Lundgren. She was raised in Eagle Bend where she graduated from high school. The past forty-nine years she resided in Woodland, California. Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1962, Elinor persevered by furthering her education earning her Associate of Arts degree in business management, working full time and raising her family. She retired from Social Services in 1992 to play bridge, travel and volunteer her time. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, was a long-time member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization and was named Woman of the Year in 1990, and was a member of the Woodland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Yolo County Historical Society. She enjoyed music and especially enjoyed the "old time fiddlers" that frequented the local mall.
Elinor was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Vandela, sister Geneva and husband Bill Einerwold. Survivors include her daughters Cheryl Fowler and husband Michael of Vacaville, Michele Timko and husband Larry and son Barry Matter and wife Elizabeth, all of Woodland; grandchildren Tom Lytle of Dixon, Traci Shera and husband Steve of Guinda, Ryan Fowler of Tahoe City, Laura Matter of Daly City, Staci Gonzales and husband Steve, Andrew Timko and wife Shelly, Lenore Timko, Sarah, Scott and Michael Matter, all of Woodland; great-grandchildren, Ashley Olstad, Brandon and Austin Lytle, Lizanne and Makayla Shera, Connor Gonzales, and Mason and Kayla Timko. Also surviving is her sister Maybelle Wheeler and husband Lloyd of Grand Island, Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials to be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 23664, Oakland, Ca. 94623-0664, or the charity of the donor's choice.
It was Elinor's wishes that her remains be donated to the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis for purposes of medical education and research. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ at 434 Cleveland Street, Woodland, Ca.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, February 06, 2004, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695. <http://www.dailydemocrat.com/>
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