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In Memory of

Elaine Kathleen Garber

May 25, 1927 - May 13, 2017

Obituary


Elaine K. Garber, tireless community volunteer and advocate for Port Hueneme and Ventura County, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017, at the age of 89. She leaves behind two children, David Garber of Ventura, and Lydia (Val) Stevenson of Layton, Utah; grandchildren, Lisa (Danny) Martinez, Marcus Stevenson, and Brandon Garber; and two great grandchildren, Carter and Ava. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and partner Duane, her parents and siblings.

Elaine called Hueneme home for almost 60 years from 1956 until 2015 and volunteered in many capacities including Port...

Elaine K. Garber, tireless community volunteer and advocate for Port Hueneme and Ventura County, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017, at the age of 89. She leaves behind two children, David Garber of Ventura, and Lydia (Val) Stevenson of Layton, Utah; grandchildren, Lisa (Danny) Martinez, Marcus Stevenson, and Brandon Garber; and two great grandchildren, Carter and Ava. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and partner Duane, her parents and siblings.

Elaine called Hueneme home for almost 60 years from 1956 until 2015 and volunteered in many capacities including Port Hueneme Harbor Days. In fact, in 1963 it was Duane who designed the Harbor Days ship and lighthouse logo.

Elaine has the distinction of being one of the longest elected officials in California serving more than 50 consecutive years for the Hueneme Elementary School District from 1959 until her retirement in 2010. Two buildings were named after her in the district: the Elaine K. Garber Educational Media Center in 1986, and the Elaine K. Garber Technology Training Center in 1999. She has received numerous city, county and state recognitions which included the 1989 Port Hueneme Leo J. Ramirez Citizen of the Year award, and the Excellence in Education award by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's office in 1999. Her most recent recognition was in December when she was honored by the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum with the People Who Make a Difference award.

A teacher by profession, Elaine taught 7th and 8th grade when she and Duane moved to Ventura County from their home state of Minnesota. She later became the first licensed astrologer in the area and taught area residents astrology and the mathematical equations involved in creating astrological charts. She also was a part-time reading tutor helping young people the love of literature. A lifelong learner, she earned her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota and maintained her California teaching credential until 1996. She continually took college and community classes and at the age of 60 she graduated with honors from Oxnard College with two associate degrees: philosophy and information processing systems.

Other passionate volunteer activities included Friends of the Bard Mansion, Friends of the Ray D. Prueter Library, Port Hueneme Historical Society, American Association of University Women, Navy League, Ventura County Historical Society, IRS VITA volunteer, and much more.

She also had a love for travel and ensured her family had many lifelong memories both in the U.S. and in Europe. She and Duane traveled to areas on their bucket list including: Ireland, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii where they traveled with Elaine's niece and husband Janice and David Graham who have also been their dear friends.

Elaine was an incredible woman, mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend, and civic leader. The family is very grateful to those who helped keep her comfortable the past several years and include: Mary Lane, Edna Dangiapo and her wonderful caregivers, Dr. Avan Patel, and Assisted Hospice.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura. We encourage those attending to share fun, light-hearted stories of Elaine, and also Duane; they are now together again.

Memories may also be posted on the TedMayrFuneralHome.com website.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Elaine's name to any of the following: Friends of the Bard Mansion, Friends of the Ray D. Prueter Library, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, or Hueneme Elementary School District.

Elaine will be interred with Duane at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis where a small family service will be held on August 26, which would have been their 65th wedding anniversary.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.