Elaine Van Notric, known as Elaine to most and as “Queenie” to her beloved husband, Norvie, went to be with the Lord peacefully on September 24th, 2016, at the age of 102, at Prestige Care Center in Burlington, Washington.
Dorothy Elaine Nelson was born on July 13th, 1914, in Bremerton, Washington to her parents, Celia M. Johnson and Anders Gustaf “Gust” Nelson. Raised in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, she lived in a house on Ferry Street, where they rented cabins on her property. Her father, Gust, operated a small grocery and tire store, named “Sedro Tire”, on the corner of State and Metcalf. Elaine attended Union High School (now Sedro-Woolley High School) and graduated May 31st, 1934. Elaine met her husband, Norval Otis – Norvie, to friends and family- when he and his family rented one of the cabins at their Ferry Street property. Norvie and his father worked in road construction and were working on a job nearby. Elaine and Norvie fell in love, and were married on June 16th, 1934 at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Sedro-Woolley.
In 1935, Elaine and Norvie welcomed a daughter, Joy Noreene. Their son, Daniel Bruce was born in 1945. After moving to Seattle, Elaine worked at the family gas station, “Van’s Chevron” for a few years, before getting a job at the Everett Boeing plant. She worked there until 1976, when she retired at the age of 62.
Playing piano and organ was a passion for Elaine. She loved playing in church, as well as the prison ministry she and Norvie participated in. Elaine loved to play for the residents in local nursing homes, or as she called them, the “old folks in the nursing homes”. Some of Elaine’s favorite hymns included “Just As I Am” and “I Surrender All”, both of which were played at the grand opening (1st event) of the Billy Graham Crusade at the King Dome in Seattle.
Elaine was preceded into heaven by her daughter, Noreene (August 1963), her husband, Norvie (May 1997); her sister, Zetha “Tudy” (January 2015) and her younger brother, George (July 2015).
Elaine leaves behind a family that was privileged to know her and the evidence of a life well lived: her son, Dan and his wife, Diana Van Notric, of Sedro-Woolley, WA; her first Granddaughter, Cheri (Noreene’s daughter) of Jackson, California; Grandson, Joseph and Deanna Van Notric of Mount Vernon, WA; Grandson, Jonathan and Kristine Van Notric of Sedro-Woolley, WA; Granddaughter Heather and Michael Hoffman, of Mount Vernon, WA; Granddaughter, Holly and Allen Grenz, of Mount Vernon, WA. She leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren: Matt Jaussaud of Folsom, California (Cheri); Collin, Cameron, and Chloe Van Notric of Mount Vernon (Joe and Deanna); Jozalyn, Izabella, Elianai, Jubilee, and Gabriel Van Notric of Sedro-Woolley (Jon and Kristine); Katie and Amy Hoffman (Heather and Michael); and Jaeden Grenz of Mount Vernon (Holly and Allen). She also leaves behind two great great-granddaughters: Natalie and Emily Jaussaud, of Folsom, California.
Elaine is dearly missed, but we rejoice knowing she is in the arms of our Savior, where she no doubt was told, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 15th at Day Creek Chapel, 31438 South Skagit Highway, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. Please join the family afterwards for coffee and refreshments.