Elinor, 92, went to her final rest Monday, Oct. 7, 2013,surrounded by her family at her home in San Luis Obispo. Born in Huntington, Ind., she entered college at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1939, where she met her husband-to-be, Alcide. They married in 1940 and moved to San Luis Obispo after World War II. They resided in the Santa Rosa Park Homes, where they made many lifelong friends. Elinor was a kind, generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for the unconditional love and support she gave, and for the warmth she provided to all who knew her. She was an independent and strong soul, whose greatest joy in life was her children. Elinor was recognized as a respected businesswoman, having stood side-by-side with her husband as they built and managed three homes and 24 apartment units. She graduated from Cal Poly, then held several civil service positions. She supervised the U.S. census in San Luis Obispo County in 1960, and later became a successful real estate broker and handled commercial and residential sales for over 40 years. Elinor had been active in many clubs and organizations. As one of the founders of the Hot Line SLO, she volunteered her time with them for over 20 years. Along with volunteering for Rape Crisis and the Women's Shelter, she was active in the Monday Club, Junior Matrons, two garden clubs, PG&E Retirees Club and the Republican Women. Elinor had a positive effect on everyone with whom she had contact. We all love her and will miss her dearly. We will carry on her values and lessons of love. A special thank you to Pam King for her loving care. Elinor is survived by her husband of 73 years, Alcide; daughters Brenda Batali (Gene) of Oceanside, Calif.; and Janice Smith (Jim) and Deanna Bonin of San Luis Obispo; grandchildren Gina Batali-Brooks, Brent Batali, Steve Jones and Kimberly Williams Gabriele; and great-grandchildren Breanna Jones, Cicely Jones, Tiana Batali, Serena Batali, Bryson Brooks, Landen Williams and Gage Williams. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elinor's memory to Hotline of SLO/ Transitions Mental Health Association, P.O. Box 15408, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406. "Love is patient and love is kind, It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Reis Family Mortuary 544-7400 San Luis Obispo
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Oct. 13, 2013