Elaine Claire Whipple
Dec 25, 1925 - Jan 27, 2016
WHIPPLE, ELAINE CLAIRE (a Christmas baby and our Gigi) passed away on January 27, 2016 in Sacramento, CA with her children and grandchildren by her side.
Born on December 25, 1925 to Wilma and Charles Lauridson at Alhambra Hospital, she was raised on the Lauridson Ranch in Mills (Brighton), Sacramento Co. She had strong Danish roots, and the delectable aebleskivers and Danish cookie recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. She attended Edward Kelley School, San Juan
High School and Heald Business College.
During World War II, she worked in Downtown Sacramento as a secretary, and upon her marriage to Leonard Whipple in 1947, she devoted herself to home and family. She also had the unique opportunity to assist in establishing the postal service in 1954-55 in Rancho Cordova.
Even though her husband’s job with PG&E required several transfers around Northern California, she was able to create a warm, happy and loving home for their three children. She inspired her children and grandchildren, and instilled good, solid values to carry them through life. She met both life and health challenges with strong faith and courage. We thank her for the many, many prayers she offered nightly for her family. We will dearly miss her, and she will always be in our hearts.
Our Gigi was predeceased by her parents, brother (Lauren Lauridson), and much loved companion Norman Lippert. She is survived by her children – Donna Shadle, Colleen Woods (Neal) and Russ Whipple (Brinda); her grandchildren Grace Woods, Matthew Shadle, Ashley and Travis Whipple;her sister-in-law Doris Lauridson, her nephews Chris and Patrick Lauridson, and niece Julie (Lauridson) Kreig.
Private services were held on February 5, 2016. We wish to express our gratitude to the CNAs at Pioneer House for their kindness and the comfortable care given to Gigi over the past year.
Should you wish to make a charitable contribution in Gigi’s memory, the family’s preference is Pioneer House-6th Floor, 415 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA