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In Memory of

Elaine Laverne LINNČ

January 8, 1924 - August 3, 2017

Obituary


Elaine Laverne Linné was born to Carolyn and Elmer Larson on January 8, 1924 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Elaine graduated from Vestal Grammar School and Washington High School. She graduated nursing in Independence, Missouri and became a Registered Nurse.
She enjoyed Roller skating and tumbling as a youngster. She belonged to Camp Fire Girls and the Church's Blue Birds.
When Elaine was ten years old she began studying piano with a concert pianist, Eula Mitchell Carroll, who had studied with an eminent teacher by the name of Theodor Leschetizky in Austria....

Elaine Laverne Linné was born to Carolyn and Elmer Larson on January 8, 1924 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Elaine graduated from Vestal Grammar School and Washington High School. She graduated nursing in Independence, Missouri and became a Registered Nurse.
She enjoyed Roller skating and tumbling as a youngster. She belonged to Camp Fire Girls and the Church's Blue Birds.
When Elaine was ten years old she began studying piano with a concert pianist, Eula Mitchell Carroll, who had studied with an eminent teacher by the name of Theodor Leschetizky in Austria. It was during the depression, and Elaine had four years of lessons. Although never an accomplished pianist, Elaine thought she had received a goof basic training.
While enrolled in high school, she became an active member of the Latin Club. She found that the study of Latin was helpful in a better understanding of English grammar.
During World War II graduate nurses were being conscripted into the Army and Navy. Hospitals needed student nurses. Elaine decided to become a registered nurse. During World War II, student nurses became Cadet Core Nurses with classy uniforms, furnished by the federal government.
Elaine was enrolled in nursing at her church's hospital in Independence, Missouri, when Harry Truman was president. Independence became famous because it was the site of the summer White House. it was President Truman's home town. Bess Truman, wife of President Truman, was not comfortable with the social life in Washington, DC; so she often made trips to her home in Independence. Since Elaine was president of her class in 1945, she was instructed to take a bouquet of flowers to the train depot and present it to Bess Truman when she arrived from Washington, DC that day.
This occurrence was photographer and circulated nationwide. Elaine's parents and Portland were pleased at the fame. The Portland newspapers and radio revealed that Elaine was from Portland and graduated from Washington High School.
A few months later, "The Herald" (the church's monthly publication) requested a photo of a Cadet Core nurse for the front page of their publication. Probably because she was class president, Elaine was sent to a photographer wearing her Cadet Core uniform. It was a great honor to have her picture on the national publication.
In 1946, Elaine worked for one year at a sugar plantation hospital in Oahu, Hawaii. It was a year filled with interesting experiences. One day a patient gave her a live chicken. It was a unique event for this "city slicker" to decapitate, de-feather, clean and cook that chicken for company dinner.
She was a third generation member of the Community of Christ. Both parents and all four of her grandparents were members.
Elaine developed a passion for organ music. Elaine started organ lessons early in the 1960s with Charles Gray. She obtained a good basic training. She joined the Organ Guild. She enjoyed playing for church services and the choir.
When Elaine returned to Portland, she worked thirteen years at Emanuel Hospital. Before retiring, she was one of the night supervisors. She continued friendships with some nursing friend through the years.
She loved to paint and do interior decorating. She enjoyed painting cabins inside and out or sewing curtains for the church's campground.
She loved entertaining dinner guests in her home before she became handicapped.
Survivors include her sister, Donna, and brother-in-law, Fred Gaulter of Independence, Missouri; Children, Carol Fender of Amboy, Washington, Craig Barber of Portland, Charles Linné of Portland, Sue and son-in-law Gordon Oviatt of Portland, Denise and son-in-law Steven Prince of Sherwood, Oregon, Sharon Linné of West Linn, Karen and son-in-law Dennis Yandle of West Linn as well as her daughter-in-law, Cathy Barber. There are twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Preceding her death include her beloved husband, Carl Linné, sons Mark Barber and Lance Barber, her son-in-law Leo Fender, her daughter-in-law Karen Barber, her parents and her brother, Wayne Howell Larson.