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MARY ELLEN ELIA


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
MARY ELLEN ELIA Obituary
Elia, Mary Ellen

September 10, 1921 - January 22, 2014

Mary Elia, age 92, beloved mother of five sons; husband Lewis for 67 years; and a recent great grandmother. She died peacefully January 22, 2014 in San Clemente, California.

Mary was born in Lake County, Sauble Township, Michigan to Peter and Josephine Spurgis. Her parents were Lithuanian, then under Russian dominance, which had fled to America to achieve freedom. She attended a small county school with the two rooms and was two years younger than her classmates. A voracious reader, she excelled academically through high school, with a keen interest in writing and journalism. She moved to California to attend UCLA. She became a lifelong residence living many years in Pasadena where she met her future husband. As her family grew up, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of LaVerne.

A prolific letter writer, Mary corresponded frequently with an Australian friend for over 70 years. Both had brothers killed in the South Pacific during World War II. She also corresponded with many friends regularly who frequently commented on her unique and always interesting literary style.

She is survived by her husband; her sons, Brian of Long Beach, twins, Craig and Curtis of Fresno, Jeffery of Rapid City, S.D., and Eric of Glendora, CA. Also included are seven grandchildren, and a newly born great-grandson who was her latest joy.

A memorial service is pending. Further information will be available from Lesneski Mortuary (949-452-1717) as plans are finalized.


Published in Orange County Register from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014
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