Evelyn W. Elems

Elms, web picJuly 1934 ~ Sept 2015

Evelyn Elems, 81, of Modesto, passed away at Alexander Cohen Hospice House after a long battle with ALS. Evelyn was born in Raymond, California to John and Melba Westfall. She attended school at Bailey Flats in Madera County. Junior High & High School were at Roosevelt School in Fresno. She earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Medical Technology at Fresno State College. Evelyn met the love of her life, Stan Elems, while they were students at FSC. They were married at Mission San Juan Bautista in December 1956. She worked in clinics and hospitals in Fresno, Minnesota, and Modesto. She enjoyed sewing and embroidery as hobbies. She delighted in sewing “Pill Box” caps for the preschoolers at Orville Wright School in Modesto. Turtles were her pets. The young Elems family returned to California and settled in Modesto in the fall of 1962 and have resided here continuously since then. Also while here she was active in the League of Women Voters helping with elections at Stanislaus State University.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and by 2 daughters: Kathy died as an infant and Karen, who died in 1980 at age 20. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stan Elems of Modesto, son Gregory (Glada) Elems of Reno, NV, 2 grandsons Matthew and David Elems, and her brother Stanley Westfall, of Madera County.

Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 25th starting at 10:00 at All Saints Catholic Church, 4040 McKenna Drive in Turlock. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested for the Great Valley Museum at MJC, Community Hospice in Modesto, or the Disabled American Veterans.

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