Eleanor R. Elliott, 93, of Rosburg, Wash., died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Cathlamet, Wash.
She was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Hazelton, British Columbia, to Robert and Ethel (Collins) Tomlinson.
She was a graduate of the Bellingham, Wash., Normal School, now Western Washington University, where she earned her teaching certificate in 1938.
After graduating, she accepted a position teaching grades one through eight at a one room school house at Elliott Point, Wash., located along the shores of the Columbia River upstream from Altoona, Wash. Boat was the only method of travel in and out of the fishing village for many years.
In 1939, she married Charles G. Elliott. He preceded her in death in 1976. The couple resided at Elliott Point, where she was a homemaker.
For many years Mrs. Elliott was an active member of the Grays River Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer of the Friendship Circle. She was also a 4-H leader in the community.
Family members said she enjoyed gardening, stamp collecting, community events and spending time with her family. She had many vivid memories of her life along the shores of the Columbia, including traveling by boat to Astoria for the delivery of her children.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Darrel Trotter of Rosburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Erin Elliott of Pasco, Wash.; a daughter-in-law, Robbin Elliott of Longview, Wash.; a brother, George Tomlinson of Seattle; five grandchildren Jeff Heitsch, Deborah Disch and Charles, Nicholas and Tyler Elliott; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other members of her extended family.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Elliott Jr. in 1996.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Penttilas Chapel by The Sea, 1515 Pacific Ave. N. in Long Beach, Wash., with a reception following at the chapel.
Private committal will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia View Care Center, 155 Alder St., Cathlamet, WA 98612.
An online guest book is available at penttilaschaopel.com