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Elinor Herries Bristol went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and sweet reunion with her husband of sixty five years, Colonel Matt C. C. Bristol, Jr., on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Born and raised in Victoria, Australia, she met her husband during the war in the Pacific when he was temporarily attached to General MacArthur's staff in Brisbane. The debutante daughter of a banker, Harold Willis, and his wife, Herries, Elinor enthusiastically served as a volunteer in MacArthur's office. Elinor and young Major Matt met; fell in love, and that love never ended. Both travelled the world, served the United States together, and spent the last years of their lives together in the loving care of the staff at the Army Residence Community (the ARC) in San Antonio. Elinor is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters in law, Barbara Willis of Melbourne, Australia and Barbara Carver, the latter over 100 and a fellow resident at the ARC. Elinor's children, Matt C. C. Bristol III, Roger W. Bristol, and Jennifer E. Bristol will honor the wishes of their parents by taking their ashes to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California, to be buried along side those of her husband's parents. Elinor's family and friends will never forget her sweet spirit, her love for family and friends, and her infectious smile. She deeply loved both her native Australia and her adopted country, which her husband and two sons so ably served as career officers in the Army, Air Force and Navy. She was always so grateful to God for the loving care she received from all the staff at the ARC, and especially the nurses and aides in the Health Care Unit. She knew she was richly blessed to be in such loving care, even to the end. Elinor wants all who loved her to wipe away the tears, and join in the celebration of a life well lived and a joyous reunion with her Savior and her husband and countless other family members who went before her.
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Published in Express-News on Nov. 11, 2012