Elaine Ruth Klassy(1920 - 2014)

ELAINE RUTH KLASSY After a long, full and eventful life, Elaine Klassy, 93, passed away after a stroke, with her steadfast and loyal daughter, Michele Klassy by her side. She was born in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan to Irish parents, Frances and Sherman Clifford. Elaine later moved to California, where she met and married her husband, Raymond L. Klassy, USN in 1940. As a military family, Elaine and Ray moved and traveled the U.S. and beyond for seventeen years with their four children, Michele of Chico, CA, Sigrid (Paul) of Carmichael, CA, Sandra (Gary) of San Antonio, TX and Thomas of El Paso, TX. After Commander Klassy's sudden death in 1958, Elaine and her children settled in Chico, where she eventually returned to school, completed her LVN in the first graduating class at Butte College and began work in the recovery room at Enloe Hospital, she thoroughly enjoyed her new profession. Elaine soon welcomed two grandsons into the world, Michael (Lillian) Coggins of New York and Jacob Rouse of Oregon. Elaine loved dancing, making ceramics, her neighborhood Lunch Group, and in retirement she joined the Dreamers; traveling the world with many Chico friends. Besides her four children and their families, Elaine leaves behind her sister, Shirley Foster of Elk Grove, CA; nieces, Nancy (Jay), Linda (Terry), Claudia (David) and nephew, John (Phyllis) all of whom were part of Elaine's final years and spiritual support and her sister, Bonnie (Don) Lovejoy of New Mexico who cared for Elaine in 2012. Elaine's family would like to thank Country Village, Amber Grove Place and Butte Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful care that Elaine received; they are very grateful for those caring caregivers. As per her wishes, Elaine will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with Ray. A private Celebration of Life will be held in the near future. You may send condolences to Elaine's family at www.affordablemortuary.net

Funeral Home

Affordable Mortuary - Chico
2934 Esplanade  Chico, CA 95973
(530) 893-4292

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 19, 2014