Elaine Anderson, 63, of Glendale Heights, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Central Dupage Hospital, Winfield, Ill. Celebration of Elaine's life will be held on Jan. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The American Legion Post 076, 750 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL. Elaine was born in Joliet on July 27, 1949, the daughter of James H. and Lorraine (nee Micona) Greenan. She was raised and educated in Coal City, and after graduating with the Coal City High School class of 1967, Elaine began her career in computers, working for Department of the Army in Joliet in computer operations. She continued at Federal Reserve Bank and the Department of Army Command in St. Louis, and while at the Rock Island Arsenal, she became a computer programmer. Her next move was to the EPA in Washington, D.C., where she became involved in maintaining the internet for the inspector general. Her last transfer was to the Information Technical Center at the VA Hines Hospital, Chicago. She retired from Hines in 2004. While in retirement, Elaine pursued her interests in animals and earned a veterinary technician certificate. She was also active in the American Legion Post 076 Women's Auxiliary, calling bingo and working in the kitchen on bingo nights. Two days a week, you would find Elaine at the Glendale Heights Senior Center meal site, where she helped prepare meals for "Meals on Wheels" delivery and making her famous southwestern wraps for those seniors eating at the meal site. Survivors include her mother, Lorraine McCrary, Davenport; sisters, Maureen Greenan, Bettendorf, Sue Fuller, Moline, Elizabeth (Terry) Murphy, Chicago Ridge; brother, Michael (Mena) J. McCrary Sr., Carol Stream; nieces, Shavonne (Greenan) Webster, Winchester, Ind., Amy McCrary, Bloomington, Molly Murphy, Chicago Ridge; nephew, Michael J. McCrary Jr., Iowa City; from Winchester, Ind.: great-niece, Maddelyn Greenan, great-nephew, Brayden Greenan; from Coal City: aunt, Anna Pearson and cousins, Janet Sandeno, Karen (Rick) Vota, Lynn Pearson and their families. Elaine was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. Preferred memorial may be made as gifts in Elaine's memory to your local animal shelter or online to www.aspca.org.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.