- 96 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 22, 1917
- Place of birth:
CRAWFORD, Colorado, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 3, 2014
- Place of passing:
OCEANSIDE, California, United States
|Let the memory of Elaine be with us forever|
A memorial service to honor Elaine was held at her home at 370 Doheny Bay Court in Oceanside, CA, at 11 AM on Sunday May 11. About 30 friends and family attended.
Elaine was at peace with daughters and family by her side as she went home to be with God and her eternal family. She was born to Bryan Willis and Sara Francis Cotten in Crawford, Colorado, on April 22, 1917. She was their first child and sister to Chuck Cotten and Norma Berry. The family moved to the small farming community of Compton, California, when she was five. After completing high school in Compton, she met and married Charles W. Lewis of Redondo Beach, California. They had two daughters, Charlaine and Colleen. In 1955, Elaine married her soul mate, Newt Sturtridge. The moment she met Newt she said, “He sure looks like Roy Rogers!” She bought him a cowboy hat and from then on he was her Roy! Elaine enjoyed many years of retirement from Northrop Grumman. She is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Prepared by Charlaine.
"The most central person in my life has moved on to a different spiritual realm. My great grandmother, Elaine G. Cotten-Sturtridge. Words cannot convey what a heartbreaking, bone shattering, soul numbing loss this has been for me. My grandma was the most lovely, hilarious, and comforting person to be around. There was something about her presence that made you feel that warmth and comfort that you feel sitting by a fireplace, drinking hot cocoa, and telling the family stories that make your heart flutter with a sense of warmth, and whole-ness. My grandmother was always the person you could run to, tears streaming, knees weak, emotions broken down, and the sound of her voice, the feel of her touch, and the smell of her "A little sexy" perfume, would surround you with all the love you could ever need in your weakest of times.
Elaine Sturtridge had so much love in her heart of gold. She touched the lives of many with her graceful touch, and ever so loving demeanor. My grandma was, and will continue to be, my strength, my love, my compassion, and my idol. Without her, I would not be even half the person who stands before you today. My grandmother taught me to love, to forgive, and to share the love that fills my heart. I am confidant, without a shadow of doubt, that I will never love, and idolize another human soul...the way I did my grandmother.
Grandma filled my life, heart, and soul with so much blessing that it is beyond fathom. She loved me in a way, that has shaped who I am as a person. I don't think the hurt from this loss will ever subside, but I will never let the memories I've shared with her slip from my grasp.
Grandma, I love you with an intensity that these words could never begin to convey. The way your love surrounds me is something I cannot explain. I know deep in my heart that you always have been, and will forever continue to be, the hand on my shoulder when I feel like giving up. You'll be the spark of love I'll feel at my highest and lowest points of life. You'll be the reminder that there is good in this world. No part of who I am, will ever forget the love and understanding that you brought to this world, and to my life.
You'll always be... My Guardian Angel."
"Rest in Peace Great Grandma Gertie. You would have been 97 years old this month. Thank you for the childhood memories you gave me; thrifty ice cream, chasing April and I around with panty hose on your head, fishing, square dancing, putting curlers in my hair, rocking me in your chair and singing "how much is that doggie in the window" to me. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm am so glad that my kids were able to spend time with you a few months ago and I now have these beautiful pictures that I will cherish forever. Say hi to Grandpa Newt for me."
"We love and miss you so much grandma. Today is my birthday and I remember you calling to sing to me every year. I want you to know what a bright light you were in my life. I have many stories to tell to my children and grandchildren of you singing to me, feeding the birds and squirrels, taking us to Pick Your Nose and Save and It and Sizzler, making cookies and fishing on Lake Gregory. I will hold those memories close to my heart forever <3"
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