Elaine French

16-Aug-1922 - 06-Jul-2020

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory


Elaine French passed peacefully on July 6, 2020 in her 98th year. She was born in Milestone, SK, daughter of Matthew Elliot and Margaret Glenn Elliot. She maintained her friendships from her Milestone days all her life. 

Elaine worked as a stenographer in Regina until 1946 when, on a visit to Calgary, she met Bill French on a blind date. They married in December, 1948 and made their home in the community of Glendale, where they raised their three children. In 1968, Elaine began a rewarding 19 year career in the Personnel Department of the University of Calgary, where she managed the hiring of many of the university administrative staff. 

Apart from full-time work and the demands of raising a family, Elaine and Bill ran a successful farming operation. In retirement, Elaine travelled, attended concerts and theatres, and was highly involved in her grandsons’ lives. Her kind and gracious nature and great sense of humour made a positive impression on anyone who met her. Her gentle demeanour hid an inner toughness which enabled her to overcome many challenges, particularly in her later years. 

She set a high standard for herself in everything she did and wanted all her family to do their best in whatever they pursued. Elaine was predeceased by Bill and by her sister, Yvonne Arnot. 

She is survived by her children Elaine Tomm (Bill), Nancy (Frank Johnston) and William; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Sarah Nykolaishen), Matthew and Kevin Tomm; Ian and James Johnston; and great-granddaughters Hannah and Elise Tomm-Nykolaishen. 

The family thanks the staff of Bethany Calgary and Amica at Aspen Woods for their wonderful care of Elaine. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Way of Calgary or to the charity of one’s choice.

Posted by Lorraine Sinclair | 13-Jul-2020

Very sorry to read about the passing of Elaine, my condolences to all of Elaine's family. For many years Elaine did volunteer visiting for me at the Foothills Hospital site. Her gentle manner, confidence and quiet assurance were great morale boosters to all she visited. I valued her input and assistance in aiding patients on their road to rehab following devastating surgery. I was the ET nurse.

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Posted by pat glenn | 12-Jul-2020

To the family of Elaine French My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I did not have many opportunities to be with your mother, but on the occasions that I did, I thoroughly enjoyed her. She was kind, gracious with a ready smile…. just lovely! She was our father’s cousin. They were fairly close in age, although a generation apart --- a sign of large families and in our case, our dad being the youngest of a second family. They grew up together in Milestone. My parents were so pleased to have Elaine and Bill here in Calgary when they moved here. They always spoke so fondly and warmly about them. I noticed that Yvonne had predeceased Elaine and sought more information only to find that they had passed away only days apart. What a terribly sad time it must be for you all. With sympathy and regards Pat Glenn

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