Elyn Mary Shenoi
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 17, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Byculla, Mumbai, India
  • Date of passing: May 30, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Trabuco Canyon, California, United States
Let the memory of Elyn be with us forever

Obituary for our dearest Elyn

Elyn Mary Shenoi (nee Coelho) born January 17, 1929, brought up in Byculla, Mumbai, is pre-deceased by her parents the Hon. Marcel A. F. Coelho and Molly (nee Brito), sister Lola Pereira and brother Gerry Coelho.

Elyn is survived by her beloved husband Arthur D’Silva Shenoi, four children Noel (Debbie), Allan (Lalita), Peter (Evelyn) and Ranee (Norse) and nine grandchildren: Lauren, Alexa, Andrew, Erica, Sonia, Anita, Tommy, Christina and Eric.

Guided by her abiding faith in God, Elyn led a joyous, charitable and prodigious life until the very end. At age 86, on May 30, 2015, Elyn returned home to her heavenly Father lifted by the loving prayers of her family and friends.

Throughout, she remained devoted to her husband of 58 years, her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  In everything she did or thought, in India or America, Elyn was a born leader and led by the spirit of love girded on her bedrock values of honesty, hard work, the equality of all human beings, and equal consideration being due to all, regardless of wealth or position.  

In India, Elyn successfully designed and constructed a large upscale apartment building in Chembur, Mumbai aptly named “Shenoi Sadan,” and later spearheaded and led her family's transition from India to the United States, living in Houston from 1979 (except for a two year stint in Saudi Arabia) before retiring to Orange County, California in 1996, where she lived the remainder of her life.

Elyn played classical piano, imparted the gift of music to dozens of students, and dedicated herself to providing children with the best foundation in education by teaching elementary school in Houston for 12 years.

Elyn contributed mightily to and enthusiastically partook in the joys of life: her cooking delights were renowned and included shrimp biryani, Mangalorean chicken curry, pork sorpotel, fish croquettes, masala omelets, and lamb chops. Her striking physical stature and features did not go unnoticed either. She was crowned Esso Queen in 1970.  

Elyn achieved legendary skill in the card game of Bridge, which she assiduously taught her children and grandchildren and used as a model on how to measure or take risk and to learn to play any hand one is dealt with the utmost confidence. Elyn avidly invested in and thrived in the stock market.

Always there for her children and their spouses, Elyn willingly and eagerly helped them when their children were born. In times of adversity or challenges, Elyn provided nurturing and unconditional love to her children and extended family. Elyn did not just serve as an enduring role model for family life and values, she glamorized motherhood, and showed it to be a most-satisfying calling.

We cannot have asked for a better wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend!  Her absence in our lives cannot be filled. We are grateful to God for the 86 wonderful happy fun-filled years of Elyn’s life.  

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Funeral and Reception at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church on 22082 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 on June 6, 2015. Viewing at 10 am, Mass at 11 am and Reception following the Funeral Mass all at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church and Hall.

Pallbearers: Noel Shenoi, Allan Shenoi, Peter DeSilva, Andrew Shenoi, Norse Bear, Michael Pereira, Mario Coelho, Keith Coelho, Lance Lewis, Adrian Lewis, and Naresh Menezes.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 17th January 2016

"Dearest Elyn,

Your birthday today is celebrated with the utmost respect and love that you gave to so many while you were with us. We remember you singing so lively at your 86th birthday. Look down on us from heaven and send us your blessings. We need your strength to carry on.

With all our love,

Ranee, Norse, Christina and Eric"

This tribute was added by Mario and Reisha Coelho on 13th June 2015

"Dear U. Arthur, Noel, Allen, Peter & Ranee,

My mom specifically requested me to communicate her heartfelt sympathies to you. She said that both my dad and she enjoyed seeing and meeting Elyn and Arthur on their trips to California. She remembered their visits and meals at their home and at our house when they came to Southern Cal. She has fond memories of A. Elyn. She will keep you and your families in her prayers.

Regards,

Reisha
(on behalf of Mary Nazareth)"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Hello U. Arthur, Noel, Alan, Peter and Ranee,

I am very sorry to hear about A. Elyn’s passing.  I have very fond memories of A. Elyn from the time I was a little child.  I treasure the phone conversations that I had with her over the past several years.  She was always very happy that the family reunions were going strong.

Thanks,
Sujeet"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Ranee & family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you through these difficult times. May all the loving, happy memories you shared help you through the days ahead.

We're sorry we will not be there with you but will be with you in spirit.

Love,
Adrian & Leela"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, Cousins Noel, Allan, Peter, Ranee, your spouses and children,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing away of our Dear Aunty Elyn.

We share your grief and pray that God gives her soul eternal rest. May God also bestow all of you with strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss.

It has been quite a few years since we have kept in touch but the time we spent together will ever remain etched in my memory never to be deleted. I can still very vividly remember Aunty Elyn’s fingers flying on the keys of her piano while the rest of us sang along. Many more of these golden memories keep coming often to my mind and I share them with my family. Even though they may not have met any of you, I am sure that I have been able to paint a wonderful picture of all of you in their hearts and minds.

Today, we are all saddened but are sure that our Dear Aunt is at the right hand side of God from where she will become one more intercessor for all of us.

I do hope that we meet someday and in the interim I assure you of our constant prayers and best wishes.

Love,

Prema, Nelson and Children (Ashwin, Sachin and Zahrin)"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Ranee, Norse and family, thinking of you in the loss of your dear mother/ grandmother, and letting you know our heart goes out to you
at this time of sadness.

She was a great lady and i loved her in my own way.

She will be missed.

with love and sympathy
Barbara, Alex and all the Devaraj families"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Ranee,
My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. I know she had been sick for quite some time and she suffers no more. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love & Hugs,
Syl & Jeff"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"We sent a lantern to the heavens in memory of Ranee's mom.  Love you all dearly!

Meg"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Ranee,

So saddened to hear of the passing away of your mum and our dear Aunty Elyn.  I have fond cheerful memories of her Esso parties, and also the wonderful Chembur visits and our stay-overs at Shenoi Sadan.

We pray that her soul rest in peace, and will continue to keep her in our memories, especially in our prayers.

Wishing you and your family courage to stay strong during this sorrowful phase.

Rohan"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"It is with a lot of fond memories that we say goodbye to dear Aunt Elyn, my godmother. She and my Mom and Dad are sure catching up with all the latest "Khobars" in heaven. I can see Dad sipping his whisky while the sister's in law are happily chatting away.

We want to wish the entire Shenoi family our heartfelt sympathies and will keep you in our prayers.

Can I have details of the funeral arrangements please?

Love,
Naresh with Lakshmi and Sunil and Neha"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, Cousins Noel, Allan, Peter, Ranee, your spouses and children,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing away of our Dear Aunty Elyn.

We share your grief and pray that God gives her soul eternal rest. May God also bestow all of you with strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss.

It has been quite a few years since we have kept in touch but the time we spent together will ever remain etched in my memory never to be deleted. I can still very vividly remember Aunty Elyn’s fingers flying on the keys of her piano while the rest of us sang along. Many more of these golden memories keep coming often to my mind and I share them with my family. Even though they may not have met any of you, I am sure that I have been able to paint a wonderful picture of all of you in their hearts and minds.

Today, we are all saddened but are sure that our Dear Aunt is at the right hand side of God from where she will become one more intercessor for all of us.

I do hope that we meet someday and in the interim I assure you of our constant prayers and best wishes.

Love,

Prema, Nelson and Children (Ashwin, Sachin and Zahrin)."

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dearest Ranee, Norsie, Christina, and Eric,

I just want you to know how much I am thinking of you, and how deeply I feel for you in your sorrow You were so very close to your mother, and I can easily imagine the void her absence will leave..

It had been so touch and go for a while, and I am so glad  that you were able to go and spend some precious time with her recently.

You are a very close knit family, so at least you will all be able to derive the greatest support from one another in this difficult time.

I pray that God will help you to overcome your grief.

Lots of love to you all and all my empathy, and my thoughts go to your Dad at this time.
  
Monique"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Hi Peter,

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was an awesome person in my eyes and raised caring and successful children and grandchildren.

These are difficult times for you and your family, if there is anything I
can do to help with any form of support, please don't hesitate to ask - I am there for you.

Heartfelt Sympathies,

Gerald"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dearest Arthur, Peter, Allan, Noel and Ranee,

We are praying for peace and comfort for you during this difficult time. We are very sorry to hear about your dear wife Elyn and mom.  God bless you.

Love and big hugs,
Sheryin & Vinod"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, Noel & Debbie, Allan & Lalita, Peter & Evelyn, Ranee & Norse and all the family,

I was saddened to hear this morning that Aunt Elyn had passed early yesterday, and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

I was in touch with Keith and Roy, who also send their deepest condolences.

May God Bless and give you the strength to deal with this heavy loss.

Love and Blessings,
Eugene"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dearest Uncle Arthur, Ranee, Noel, Allan and Peter,

Our heartfelt condolences on dear Aunt Elyn's passing. Chris, Kiera Beth and I send our love to you and your families as you go through this difficult time. We've all been touched by her vivacious and loving spirit and I remember envying Eugene for having such a sweet and beautiful godmother!

A big hug to you Uncle Arthur and hugs to each of Aunt Elyn's darling
children and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

May Aunt Elyn rest peacefully.
Rosemary, Chris and Kiera Beth"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"A message from Amanda & Ashley Toscano

We hope you find comfort in all the special memories with your mum. May Elyn's soul rest in peace.

Our Deepest Sympathy,
Amanda.Ashley & Aidan"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear All,

I was extremely saddened to hear about the sad demise of our dear aunt Elyn. It feels like only yesterday that she dressed me up for my job interview at Hermes. Though I haven't seen her in years, fond memories of her will live in my heart always.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. We hope that you may have the strength to deal with this difficult time and pray for her soul to rest in peace.

Love,
Shalini and Avy"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear U.Arthur,Noel, Allan, Peter and Ranee and families,

Our heartfelt condolences are with you.
Can't imagine what you must be feeling.
May God give you the strength during this difficult time.

A.Elyn was a strong and amazing woman of substance and made an impression on all that knew her.

Hope it comforts you to know that she continues her journey to a new life as she wished.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers,

Andre, Naomi, John and Maryann
PS: We will be there for the funeral mass."

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Ranee,

We were sorry to hear the sad news about your mom.   Our deepest sympathies to you and the family.

I telephoned Evelyn and she gave me your email address.

Cedric and I just called and spoke to your dad.

We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow.

Charmayne, Cedric and Ian Pereira"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, cousins - Noel, Allan, Peter, Ranee ( spouses and children):

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of aunt Elyn. May our Lord bless and comfort your family during this time of grief and may her soul rest in peace.

I look back on all my childhood memories with aunt Elyn. She made our holidays enjoyable with fun activities and taught us to sing - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

We were happy to attend the golden jubilee of uncle Arthur and aunt Elyn and reunite with the Shenoi family watching beautiful video clips of aunt Elyn crowned as Esso queen.

We will miss aunt Elyn dearly, but her memories will last forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please accept our condolences.

Love and prayers
Al, Nandita, Karina, Nikita and Jeevan"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, Peter, Noel and Ranee

We are very sad to hear of the passing away of Aunty Elyn. She was very much loved and respected and we will definitely miss her greatly. I was heartened to hear from Noel and Uncle Arthur that she died a peaceful death surrounded by her near and dear ones.

I know it is a sad moment for all us. However, we need to celebrate and thank God that he gave Aunty Elyn to us for 86 years of which I certainly enjoyed 59 of those years. Meanwhile all our prayers and thoughts are with you.

With the greatest sympathies,

Lionel, Aneta, Ania, Ashley, Kieran and Oscar"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"My dearest Peter/Evie, U. Arthur, Ranee/Norse, Noel/Debbie, and Allan/Lalita

Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a wife and mother.

I know how deep the loss will be, I pray that each of you finds courage and peace at this extremely difficult time.

I have lovely memories of Elyn from our youthful days in Chembur.  I can see her standing outside bungalow # 7 waiting for her boys to get home from school, I can see her bringing Ranee to the swimming pool for early poolside fun and swimming lessons, I can see her and U Arthur coming over to our home for dinner, and taking walks around the 'colony' on the only road that ran through that estate. … and,  of course, being the only 'catholics' in a small tight community, we bonded in friendship and in faith.  

In recent times, thanks to Peter & Evie, I have been updated with photographs and snippets of family news.  

Our deepest condolences to each of you.  We will keep Elyn and her family in our prayers in an extra special way as we hear mass today .

Much love,
Louella & Kevin."

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Ranee,

Just heard that you Mum passed away peacefully.

I am not sure that I have any email addresses for the rest of you family.  Of course, I will have a Mass said for your Mum and write to your Dad.

We will always remember Aunt Elyn with love.  

Our love and heartfelt condolences to you and all the family.

Marguerite"

This tribute was added by Ranee Shenoi on 13th June 2015

"Dear Uncle Arthur, Ranee, Noel, Allan, Peter.

Very sorry to hear about the passing away of our dear Aunty Elyn.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May the good Lord take care of dear Aunty Elyn.

Glad to know that she was surrounded by her loved ones till the very end.

Immediately on hearing of the sad demise we said a prayer for her soul to rest in peace and will be offering mass for her tomorrow.
We will also be praying to the Lord Almighty to give the family the strength to bear this great loss.

Since we are miles apart sorry we cannot make it for the funeral on Saturday .

Yours in grief,

Frank, Ruby, Pearl and Emerald."


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