Elaine Urquhart


Elaine Urquhart, after 97 full years, entered peacefully into rest held in the loving arms of her family on the evening of March 6, 2013, at Hindbaugh House in Montesano.

Elaine was born in 1915 in her life-long hometown Montesano. Graduating from Montesano High School as Salutatorian in 1933, Elaine was conscientious, enthusiastic and loving throughout her long life. She worked for 70 years, beginning as a legal secretary at age 16 and continuing as court recorder and Law Librarian for Grays Harbor County retiring in 2001 at the age of 86.

Elaine loved her family, home and town, walking to work every day, she never drove a car and stayed local her whole life. She loved to cook, knit and garden and was known for giving generous gifts to friends and neighbors; pies, sweaters, afghans and dahlias were among her specialties.

Elaine is survived by two sons, Gary K. and Neil B. Leonard; 5 grandsons, Hal J., Alan C., Stephen K., David S. and Erin S. Leonard; and 3 great-grandchildren, Freeman, Avienda, and Emmett Leonard. She is preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, Harold Vernon Leonard (Veteran World War II USCG), they were married in 1940, he passed in 1965, and Irvin Alexander Urquhart, (Veteran World War II U.S. Army), her beloved second husband from 1966 until his passing in 1996; 4 sisters, Mary, Leone, Sybil, Eva; her brother, Lyle; and her parents, Leon and Evelyn Veysey (Hannah).

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Montesano Cemetery for family and those wishing to offer final respects followed by a reception at 4:00 at Elaine’s home of 75 years, 726 N 1st St. in Montesano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests people plant a tree in Elaine’s honor. Further gifts of sympathy and honoring may be made directly to the family.