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Elsa E. Barton

1919 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Elsa E. Barton Obituary
ELSA E. BARTON was born in Winchester, CA December 13, 1919. Even though she was 96 years young when she left us on October 20, 2016, it was still too soon. As it was her lifelong desire, she was still living in her home of 68 years, at the time of her passing. Elsa was the youngest of 5 children born at the family home in Winchester to Antonio and Domenica Domenigoni. She attended school at Winchester Elementary School for 8 years. She always enjoyed telling us about riding her horse "Roddy" to school with her friend Jean since there were no school buses back in those early days. She would point out where she and Jean would stash snacks under an old wash tub on a hill on their way to school so the two of them could have a treat on the way home! The next 4 years she went to Perris Union High School, graduating in 1937. After graduation she went to Riverside Secretarial School for 9 months, then went to work for the Riverside County Welfare Department as a secretary for 5 years (3 years in Perris and Elsinore; 2 years in the Hemet office). It was in 1941 that Elsa met Harry Barton who owned the Shell Service Station at the SE corner of Harvard Street and Florida Avenue in Hemet. In the fall of 1942 Harry's mother passed away, World War II was on and he was to be drafted. Harry sold his service station and joined the Navy. After 6 months of training at various bases, he was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia. When Harry came home on leave in late January, he and Elsa were married on February 2, 1943. Elsa returned to Norfolk with Harry for 6 months before he was shipped overseas. Elsa came home in September 1943 and went to work at Ryan Field for the Army as a civilian in the Engineering Office of the Ryan School of Aeronautics, a Cadet Training School. This is funny, because in all her 96 years, she never set foot on an airplane! After Ryan Field closed, she was transferred to March Air Force Base in the Statistical Control Office. In September 1945, Harry returned home from overseas and Elsa went to work for the Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce under Daryl Smith. When Daryl retired and started a real estate and insurance business as Brubaker & Smith she went to work for him until 1950. At that time she went to work for Welch and Wadsworth Insurance until December 1951 when daughter, DeeAnn was born. At that time she retired to become a full time homemaker. Through DeeAnn's school years, Elsa was involved with Brownies, Girl Scouts, school band activities, Job's Daughters, dancing lessons, and various other school activities! She was also a member of Hemet Community Builders, and San Jacinto Community Builders where she was still active until the last several months. She spent 11 years on the council for Job's Daughters Bethel #145; as well as 50 years on the board of the Ramona Bowl Music Association. She served on the Election Board for 25 years; and was a Hostess for the Ramona Pageant for many years. She could always be seen at the Bowl entrance in her beautiful green Spanish gown and lace mantilla, always ready to lend a hand or pose for a photo! In more recent years Elsa also enjoyed monthly lunch outings with her WAGG (Winchester Aging Golden Girls) friends and weekly outings with her loving caregivers, Myrna and Jen. Elsa was a great lady who loved life and enjoyed having fun. She was loved for her terrific smile and sense of humor; service to her lifelong community; humble pioneer down-to-earth independence; and her loving ways to family and friends Elsa is survived by her loving, daughter DeeAnn, son-in-law, David A. Stanton of Chula Vista, CA; and her beloved grandson, David A. Stanton Jr. of Winchester. She also has a host of nephews and nieces as well as great and great-great nephews and nieces, many who still live in the area. Viewing will be 9:00-10:30 am with funeral service at 10:30am on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Inland Memorial Harford Chapel in Hemet. Graveside service will follow at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, San Jacinto, California. A reception will follow graveside service at Inland Memorial Harford Chapel, Hemet.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 26, 2016
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