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ELDRED, Joan H.
Joan H. Eldred passed away on November 4, 2013 at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora at the age of 83.
Joan was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family and was especially passionate about her grandchildren. Joan was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Occidental College in 1952 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She then taught Kindergarten for 3 years in both Palo Alto and Arcadia. She married William D. Eldred in 1951 and resided with him in Glendora where she was a homemaker and raised her three children. Joan was a long time member of Glenkirk Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school and handmade quilting classes. She was an avid quilter and won many first place ribbons in the Los Angeles County Fair for her original quilt designs. Joan was the president of the Occidental College Women's Club which raised scholarship money for students and performed volunteer work as a member of the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary.
Joan doted on her grandchildren and loved to spend time with them. She made them quilts individually designed and tailored to their specific likes and interests. Joan crafted stuffed toys such as soccer balls, doll clothes, and sock monkeys and sewed dresses for her granddaughters. She taught her grandchildren to bake her secret Swedish family recipes for cookies and breads and always showered them with love and attention. Joan offered her beautiful well-kept home for celebrating birthdays, neighborhood parties, and formal get-togethers that made every holiday and occasion special for her family and friends.
Joan is survived by her husband of 62 years, William D. Eldred; her children Karen (Hassan) El-Kara, Kirk (Kimberly) Eldred, and Gretchen (Brian) Eslinger; her grandchildren Leila El-Kara, Claire Eldred, Austin Eslinger, Sophie El-Kara, Jason Eslinger, Tessa Eldred; her brother Thomas (Jenny) Hemborg, and 6 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Joan will be held November 24th, 2013; 2:30pm at Glenkirk Church located at 1700 Palopinto Ave. Glendora, CA 91741 phone number is 626-914-4833.
Donations may be made to the Occidental College Women's Club: 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2013
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