Elinor Jelovich


On August 12, 2012, Elinor Jelovich passed away in Oregon City, Oregon, with her sister, Eileen Jelovich; niece, Cathy, and friend, Betty Mehlhoff at her side.

Elinor was number nine of ten children born to William and Rose Tibbits. She was delivered by her father at the family home in Manderson, South Dakota on May 29, 1927.

Elinor graduated from Holy Rosary Mission on the Oglala Sioux Reservation. She then landed on the Harbor in 1947, where she became a telephone operator and met the love of her life, John Jelovich, in which they were married a short 38 years.

Elinor was preceded in death by her husband, John; her daughters, Teresa Mae, Julie Ann, Jo Ann; and nephew, Ed Jelovich.

She is survived by her sister, Eileen Jelovich; nieces, Billie Elms, Sandy Skoog, Cathy Torgerson, and Toni Jelovich; nephews, Sam Jelovich, John Jelovich; and numerous nieces and nephews in South Dakota.

Elinor’s courage allowed her to construct her own obituary. She will forever live on in our hearts.

If Elinor could speak, this would be her final words to us this day:

“If you bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses, and all my prejudices. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. Give them the gift of your smile and the sound of your laughter. If you do that, I will live forever.” “Author unknown”

A Rosary led by Sister Angela McCarthy will be recited at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church located at 200 “L” St in Hoquiam, with a reception following in the parish hall.

To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle, please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.