Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend left this world suddenly and quietly on November 23, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband Stanton in 2015, and survived by her children David (Chantelle), and Samantha (Cory) Jerace; her grandchildren Brynlynn and Leah Morris, Arya Jerace, and Katie and Emma (Judith and Larry Mizzau-McNinch); 16 siblings; and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, the seventh daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (McPhee) McMullin. Her twin brother passed away in infancy. She was a student at Mount Carmel School before she migrated to Alberta in 1967. She finished high school at Saint Francis, went on to obtain a diploma in Residential Child Care at Mount Royal College and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary.
Elaine’s love of children was very evident in every aspect of her life. Her first job was at William Roper Hull Home in Calgary. From there, and very much to her credit, she established the first non-profit After-School Program at Mount Pleasant. As it’s Director, she became a children’s advocate, an adept fund raiser and a top-notch scrounger for every program need or for anything that could be sold to fill such need. Her family and friends disposed of nothing without first checking with Elaine. Notwithstanding all other accomplishments, Elaine fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher, which she accomplished through studying at every spare moment, and working for several years every weekend well into the morning hours at special catering events. She was then employed by the Calgary Separate School Board for 10 years until an injury dictated her early retirement from all her favourite activities, not the least of which was her desire to be the Garden Queen of Edgemont.
Elaine married Stanton Morris, a former co-worker at Hull Home who predeceased her in 2015. Together, they were blessed with two children, David and Samantha, both of whom reside in Calgary. David and his wife, Chantelle, are parents of Brynlynn and Leah. Samantha and her husband, Cory Jerace, are the parents of Arya. Elaine was a doting grandmother. In addition to Brynlynn, Leah and Arya, she was privileged to be able to grandparent Emma and Katie Mizzau-McNinch, whose parents, Judith and Larry became an integral part of Elaine and Stan’s family.
Elaine’s birth family led to her having a total of 16 siblings—nine sisters and seven brothers, who all survive her passing. They are Betty Flemming, Marie Mont, Pat Gert, Geralyn McMullin, Andrea MacEachreon and Kathy Moore, all of whom reside in the Calgary area; Rose McLellan and Mary Chaisson in Nova Scotia and Agnes Frederickson in British Columbia. Of her brothers, Don resides in Alberta, Vince, Gerard and Kenneth in the United States, John and Peter in Nova Scotia and Michael in Quebec.
Elaine used her beautiful singing voice to participate with Stan, a music teacher, in the St. Pius X Church Choir where Stan was the Director. With some talented friends, they formed a musical group which became known as “The Pius Few” initially to perform monthly concerts as a church fundraiser. Even Streisand would have been impressed with Elaine’s interpretation of “Second Hand Rose” and one year she wowed the Teachers’ Convention attendees with her “Hard Hearted Hannah” offering.
Elaine went to heaven in time to practise with the other angels for the 2018 Christmas Choir.