1930 - March 22, 2012
Elaine Millard Schwalbe was born in Spokane in 1930. She passed away peacefully on March 22, 2012, in Edmonds, Wash. She was surrounded by her family and her very special caregiver, Julie.
Elaine was raised in Walla Walla, where she graduated from Walla Walla High School and later graduated from Holy Names College in Spokane. She moved to Yakima, where she began a very long and successful teaching career. She started at Mountain View Elementary School. As that district grew, so did Elaine's duties throughout the district, with her emphasis on music. Elaine also spent time at Summitview Elementary and at various schools throughout the Yakima School District.
She met William Schwalbe in 1953, and they married in 1956. They made Yakima their home until 1985, when they moved to Seattle to be closer to their only child, Jill, and some of Bill's relatives. Elaine loved music, especially singing, playing the piano and performing. She was active in the Young Republicans and attended St. Timothy's Church, where she was a member of the choir.
Elaine and Bill loved to travel around the state's mountains and wilderness. They often went by jeep or even by horse.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Lena Millard; stepfather, Bill Upton; brother, Donald; brother in-law, Bon; and sister in-law, Rumary.
She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 56 years, Bill; a sister, Barbara (Bud) Pringle of Walla Walla; daughter, Jill (Jim) Henderson; granddaughter, Holly Elaine Henderson of Snohomish, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as by her caring friends, Geralynn and Alfredo.
Elaine will always be remembered for her amazing smile, lovely blue eyes and beautiful singing voice. She maintained her sense of humor in good times and in bad. Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and grandmother, She is greatly missed by those who love her.
"I know mom is singing again! Thank you for showing me how to live my life with grace, dignity and sense of humor. I am so grateful that I had you in my life for 46 years and that I was with you at the end. Be happy and free dear Mother!" your daughter, Jill. xxxx