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August 31, 2016
I met Elaine in 1960 at an election party when President John Kennedy was elected at the home of Mary Van and David Finley. I was twenty-five. I will be eighty -one next month. This was in Poughkeepsie, New York. We did not know who won the election until the next day.

Elaine and Bob had a new baby girl.
Elaine had worked at Wappingers Falls Central School the previous year with Many Van Finley.
I was teaching there at the time with Mary Van and rode to school with Mary Van. The three of us were southern girls. There was a connection.

The next period of time is a little foggy. We had the worst Winter in years with over two feet of snow at one time twice. Pictures of the Kennedy
inauguration show one of them. Elaine and Bob
lived way out in Wappingers in a house on a farm they had rented. It seems as if Elaine and
I had become friends as soon as we had met.
I remember visiting Elaine there several times.
She had a beautiful smile and a very soft Southern accent. We enjoyed talking.

The next school year I did not teach. I had a
baby. We moved to Wappingers Falls. Elaine
and Bob moved to De Garmo Hills Road which was very close to where we lived. We visited
in the afternoons when we both got cars. We
each added another child.

Elaine and I were thousands of miles away from home. We had left the girl friends we grew up with. The severe weather in the winter kept you isolated. She was my true friend through this.

As our children grew up we had a lot of time to
go shopping in the afternoons. We would treat
ourselves to nice lunches.

Elaine started substituting on long assignments
in Arlington. I kept Celeste. She eventually got a permanent job in Wappingers. She encouraged me to go to New Paltz and get my
Permanent Teaching certification in New York
State which I did, just in time to move back to
Texas.

Elaine was a very good friend when I had no mother, sister, childhood friend or college friend around.

Elaine was a beautiful person, inside and outside. I am so sorry we did not keep more
in touch after we moved back to Texas 36 years ago.


Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Barbara Schumann
August 30, 2016
A very special member of the Class of '55 at ARC. May she rest in peace.
August 29, 2016
I'm sadden to hear about your loss. I met her through my Aunt Ruth Bunn. She was such a lovely lady. My prayers are with you and your family.
August 29, 2016
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. She was a special Lady and she will be sadly missed. Remember Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. You all are in my prayers.
August 28, 2016
I remember Mrs. Crosby in Fishkill Elementary. Although I did not know her I remember her friendly smile and manner well. Always smiling. A beautiful soul she was. Without a doubt her friendly and kind manner made a better day for many in her lifetime. Rest in peace Mrs. Crosby.
August 28, 2016
Celeste,
My thoughts are with you and your family. I have fond memories spending Christmas Eve with your family, the Powers, and my family.
Dana (Hill) Beckham
August 28, 2016
We had many laughs riding to ARC together.She was a special friend of mine and I hurt at her loss and for her family. Rest in peace, Elaine.
August 28, 2016
My thoughts and prayers for Elaine's family. So sorry for your loss.
August 28, 2016
You moved away from the south, but never left my heart. I'll miss our talks.

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