Our beloved Elaine Virginia Ambagis McBride traversed "The Rainbow Bridge" during the late afternoon of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, when she calmly, peacefully, and with supreme dignity ended her valiant battle against leukemia. Her quietus and passing to the other side of life's journey via that mystical span, whereby she will be forever in the company of departed friends, family and pets, was attended by her immediate family: husband Bob; sons Christopher, Frank and Paul; and daughter-in-law Shannon.
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Born Jan. 2, 1931, as the youngest of three first-generation daughters to Greek and Italian immigrant parents in New Haven, Conn., Elaine lived a long and fulfilling life, during which she graduated from Quinnipiac College and worked at Yale University prior to moving to New York City to become a United Air Lines "stewardess" on transcontinental DC-7s. During those elegant, glamour-infused flying days of the late 1950s, she attended to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and the outrageous Tallulah Bankhead, encounters that provided her family and friends with numerous amusing stories over the years.
While living in New York, she met and married Bob at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1957. The couple then relocated to Chicago, where her three sons were born and the family enjoyed many happy times in the idyllic setting of Tower Lakes. The year 1973 saw a move farther west as the McBrides took up residence in Evergreen, where they have now lived for 40 years.
Though she circumnavigated the globe throughout a lifetime of travels, in her latter years Elaine's most favored location was the flower-laden deck of her home in Evergreen overlooking Bear Mountain, accompanied by her cats, Mandalay and Sulu. Possessed of a bit of a maverick streak, she penned her own epitaph as an economic description of a fruitful life as she saw it: "I was born, I died, and in between I went to the prom." All who knew her are blessed with lives that are better, richer and more fulfilled for having been in her orbit. To say that she will be missed every minute of every day is a vast understatement. A uniquely beautiful and selflessly giving mother and wife, there will never be another quite like her, and to know her was to love her.
A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Christ the King Church in Evergreen.
Everyone Elaine touched knows that in lieu of flowers or other tribute she would vastly prefer that a donation be made to the Evergreen Animal Protective League, 27888 Meadow Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439.
Aloha, our dear, sweet angel; forever aloha and eternally mahalo.
Published in Canyon Courier from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2013