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Much-loved friend, mother and grandmother Elaine Pollock, who "always loved being here," passed away Wednesday (Dec. 20, 2017) at her daughter's home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Elaine wanted her obituary to stress "how blessed and lucky I've been to have so many good friends and family."
Originally from Clarksburg, she enjoyed living in Fairmont for many years. She was renowned for her hospitality and for the themed parties and celebrations she held at her home with wonderful decor, good company and great food.
An elementary school teacher, she taught at Barnes, White, Butcher and Watson Elementary schools. She was active in her community as a member of several garden groups, a knitting group, Pierpont Lifelong Learners and was a past president of P.E.O., Chapter R, and a past president of AWS at West Virginia University.
In addition, she was a devoted and active participant in Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Groups of Marion County, Marion County Community of Shalom, Temple Beth El and Tree of Life Congregation. She enjoyed playing Mahjong with friends at the Fairmont Senior Center.
Upon meeting Elaine, you became part of her "family." Your children became her children as she would commemorate their many milestones with special mementos to celebrate their achievement.
Her wonderful smile, sparkling personality, infectious laugh and giving heart were her trademarks, not to mention her melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies. She had a way of taking an ordinary day and making it special for the many families that loved her. For these qualities and so much more, she will be fondly remembered.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Cookie) Kushner and her husband Stuart of Savannah, Georgia; son, Scott Pollock and his wife Marcy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and grandchildren, Jordan Pollock, Michelle Barsanti (Joseph), Brandon Spellman (Lauren); and three great-grandchildren.
Her parents were the late Sara and Sam Markowitz of Clarksburg. She had two brothers, Bob and Jack, both deceased. Also deceased are two of her children, daughters Nancy Wolff and Susan Pollock. Nancy's husband Jerry survives.
A celebration of her life will take place early next year.
Published on December 22, 2017
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