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Published January 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Elaine Pomeroy McKellar

Elaine Pomeroy McKellar died peacefully in her home in San Mateo, California, with her family at her side, on Jan. 8, 2014. The cause of death was cancer. She was 69 years old.

Elaine was the daughter of Ralph and Myrtle Pomeroy of Valley City, N.D. and a graduate of Valley City High School (1962) and the University of North Dakota (1966).

Elaine Pomeroy McKellar

Elaine Pomeroy McKellar died peacefully in her home in San Mateo, California, with her family at her side, on Jan. 8, 2014. The cause of death was cancer. She was 69 years old.

Elaine was the daughter of Ralph and Myrtle Pomeroy of Valley City, N.D. and a graduate of Valley City High School (1962) and the University of North Dakota (1966).

Throughout her life Elaine had a driving desire to help others and her career goals were heavily influenced by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Upon obtaining her masters of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, she headed to San Francisco - a place where she had no job and knew no one - drawn by the progressive political climate and pace of social change. In the course of her 45 year career in the Bay Area, she worked on a range of difficult social issues, including emergency foster care, helping children who were victims of domestic violence and working with emotionally disturbed children in inner city schools. She concluded her career by serving as Director of Case Work in U.S. Representative Barbara Lee's office in Oakland, retiring in September.

Elaine's family was her greatest joy. She met her husband, Larry, while walking a picket line in support of farm workers. They married in 1978. As they raised their son, Dominic, Elaine seamlessly juggled the demands of her work with countless youth sporting events and school activities while cheering on Larry's successes in competitive adult amateur tennis. She was an active member of Glide Memorial Methodist Church.

Elaine is survived by her husband and son, both San Mateo; close family friend Nakissa Gradert; sister, Linda (Matt) Bernard, Valley City, ND; brothers former Congressman Earl (Mary) Pomeroy, Bismarck, N.D.; and Glenn (Jean) Pomeroy, Carmichael, CA; several nieces and nephews and cousins and a host of friends.

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