“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
Art takes courage to produce. A certain strength in one’s self – an urge to push ahead when sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. That’s the thing about Elaine – she was all of those things – courageous, creative, strong, beautiful, bold. And every day that we have the privilege to pass by one of her works of art, be it a painting or needlepoint, we are able to relish in the magic of her talent.
Her art continued into the kitchen with her culinary specialties that included plum pudding and beef stew. Even in her last few months of living at The Girdler House in Beverly, Massachusetts, she could be found giving the kitchen staff pointers on how they could improve their own tried & true recipes – whether they asked for her opinion or not.
Elaine was simply the best party planner. Tables set perfectly, menu on point – you knew that if you were invited for a dinner party to Ken & Elaine’s, it would be amazing. Elaine’s favorite holiday was Christmas – in fact, she had already started planning ahead for this season. Gift wrapping was one of her specialties – every gift wrapped in thick, lovely paper – often times with excess amounts of glitter and ribbon. Our Mimi would send these packages from afar. We looked forward to these precious shipments, which continued to arrive even throughout our adult lives.
An avid reader, Elaine mentioned frequently that she disliked television and that it “rotted your brain”. On a daily basis, she would sit in her favorite upholstered chair and read her newest chapter book. She loved languages and was recently taking Italian lessons in her spare time.
Elaine married the man of her dreams, Kenneth King. Married for 60 years before Ken’s passing, they led a beautiful life filled with travel, golf, art, and theater.
At the age of 91, on November 14th, 2019, Elaine passed away, surrounded by her loving family. She lived a long, blessed life and has finally made her way home to see her beloved Kenny & daughter Pamela. She is survived by her son, Kenneth King Jr., grandson Michael King and his fiancé Lauren Kopec, granddaughter Amber Bazdar and her husband Nenad Bazdar and their three children, Benjamin, Lucas, and Oliver.
We are proud to have Mimi as our grandmother, who made us better and stronger human beings. We will never forget her loving ways. She is truly an inspiration to us all.
Friends and family are welcomed to help celebrate her life on Sunday January 5th at 8:15 am at St. Ann’s Church – 74 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930. Light refreshments will be served at The Girdler House – 78 Lothrop St, Beverly, MA 01915, immediately following the service.
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