Elaine Dowling (Holly), passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Her life was marked by her exceptional work ethic, unyielding perseverance, and profound devotion to her family. Elaine's journey touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of resilience, love, and a steadfast commitment to those she held dear.
Elaine was born on Tuesday, October 9, 1928 to Vern and Dorthy Bera in Nashville, Michigan. From a young age, she exemplified a remarkable work ethic and spirit that would become the pillars of her character. She approached every task with dedication and determination to succeed. Those traits shaped her professional and personal life for decades to come.
On Saturday, November 16, 1946, Elaine married the love of her life, Pete. Their union was a testament to the enduring power of love and commitment. Together, they embarked on a journey filled with 3 sons, shared joys, challenges, and triumphs.
Beyond her dedication to work and family, Elaine found joy in simple pleasures. She embraced life's moments of leisure, tending to her home, family, and the companionship of her pet poodle, Candy Bar. She enjoyed square dancing, since 1960 where she found both joy and a sense of community in the Corrales Wranglers, Tumbleweeds, Promenaders, Crazy Eights, Redondos, and Fiesteros. And served those and others engraving needs with Kamo Engravers for 24 years. In 1993 she was inducted into the New Mexico square dance hall of fame. She also engaged in card games, dominoes, crocheting and coloring, fostering her creative spirit.
She will be remembered as a strong, stubborn woman who faced life's challenges with unwavering resolve. She ended her work life as a store manager for Circle K until she was 82. Pete preceded her in death on Wednesday, May 26, 1993. She then married Robert Dowling on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, who also preceded her in death on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
While Elaine's work ethic and tenacity defined her, it was her deep love for her family that brought her the greatest joy and fulfillment. Her family was the center of her world. She is survived by her loving son, daughter in law, grandchildren and their spouses, and great-grandchildren, and their spouses, who will carry on her legacy. Her determination, mischievous nature, and love have left an enduring impact on all those who had the privilege of knowing her. While we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the incredible long life she experienced, and the mark she left on our hearts.
In honor of Elaine's memory, the family kindly requests donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association.