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 Curator and Art Historian  After a long life filled with love, laughter, friendship and adventures Elena left this life peacefully on November 12, 2017. Elena, known as "Auntie Lane" to her family and "Speedy" to her friends, touched many lives with her wisdom, caring, laughter and compassion. She was adored and loved by all who knew her. Born in Greenwich CT, she attended Greenwich Country Day, Emma Willard and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Art History. She had a long career as an accomplished art historian, starting at the National Gallery of Art moving to the Library of Congress to serve as a Curator in the Poster and Prints Division for more than 3 decades. She collaborated, commentated, forwarded, authored and curated many exhibitions, collections, books and papers including Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel, The Polish Poster and Eyes of the Nation. An active member of many organizations, including 6th Church of Christ Scientist, Sulgrave Club, Evermay, Friends of Stratford Hall, Washington Studies Group, DAR, D.C. Society of Colonial Dames, Evergreen Garden Club and many more, she was beloved by many. In addition to a robust career and active life of service Elena was an avid gardener, reader, world traveler, art expert and wonderful friend to all. She is survived by her sister Lee G. Day, brother Julian C. Gonzalez and devoted nieces and nephews Jonathan, Neva and Julia Day; and Kelemn and Makenna Taylor-Gonzalez. One of her dearest friends sums her up best "a day spent with Elena was a good day". She will be sadly missed and joyfully remembered. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to Lynn House of Potomac Valley.
Published by The Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2017.
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I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you. Your family and friends have my deepest condolences.
December 4, 2017
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. Hosea 13:14*
November 24, 2017
My condolences to the family. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you in your time of need.
November 23, 2017
May the peace of God be with you.
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