In Memory

Jere E. Elliott

Jere Edward Elliott passed away on March 29, 1965.  I *think* he suffered from muscular dystrophy.  He was a quiet member of our class, in a wheelchair, and very bright.  I remember he liked a good joke and then his face would light up as he smiled.  

Jere's older brother John, who was also in a wheel chair suffering from the same disease, passed away only two years later in 1967.  How sad for their family to lose their two sons.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Eranosian

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09/19/16 11:20 AM #1    

Dina-Jane Wightman (Cotton)

Thank you for this update.  I often wondered what happened to Jere.  

09/19/16 10:54 PM #2    

Elaine Gluck (Balesteri)

I remember  Jere was in one of my classe. He was a very quiet person. May he now rest in peace.

09/20/16 08:53 AM #3    

Diane Maxon

I remember Jere well, he was in a lot of my classes.  Yes, he & his brother did have muscular dystrophy, but I never saw him let that interfere with what he COULD do.

09/20/16 10:55 AM #4    

Rob Woodman

Jere and I had known each other in elementary and Jr. Hi.  We got to know each other well in high school.  We had English just before lunch and then I'd take him out and help him eat.  We had a small group of friends who would meet daily for lunch.  Jere got a cold and his system was so weak that he died.  I was one of his pallbearaers.

I saw Jere's mother after his brother died.  She worked so hard to give her sons as much life as they could have.  She looked years younger without the stress and she was happy, though sad to have lost her sons.

It is good to have Jere remembered as part of our class.

03/09/17 03:27 PM #5    

Timothy Browne

I met Jere in Junior High at Ralston and used to help him get around.  Despite his disabilities, he did not complain about anything. He was always good natured and loved to draw pictures of stick figures playing basketball, which I think was his favorite game to watch. I could not tell exactly if these were recreations of things that he had seen or creations of unplayed games. Maybe a combination of both. If you made a joke, he tried to be responsive and appreciative. A good hearted person who wanted to be a good friend.



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