Elaine Willis

Obituary
  • "Dear Roy, It was with great sadness that we had the news of..."
    - Margaret and David Stanley
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    - Jean Stokes
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Elaine Willis November 27, 1941 - February 9, 2008 Elaine Willis of State College, and formerly from Cambridge, England, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born Nov. 27, 1941, near Dudley, England, she was the only daughter of the late Nellie Bunch and William Howell. On July 25, 1964, at Saint Marks Church Tipton, West Midlands, she married Roy F. Willis, who survives. They were high school sweethearts, married 43 years, and blessed with two wonderful children: James, who lives in Virginia with his wife, Melissa, and granddaughters, Sophie and Emma; and Kate, who lives in Italy with her husband, Michael, and grandson, Nicolas. Elaine was an elementary school teacher by profession, graduating from Eastbourne College in June 1963. Before emigrating to the U.S. in 1987, she taught children in Cambridge, England and Den Haag, Holland. She was a volunteer with the Mid-State Literacy Program in State College, helping people learn to read and write. Elaine was a gracious lady and loyal friend. All who met her were drawn to her kindness and generosity of spirit. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College, with the Rev. Eric Tober of the Free Evangelical Church of State College officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Breast Care Center at the Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 11, 2008