In Memory

Elaine Yowell (Christiansen)

Elaine Yowell (Christiansen)

Elaine Yowell Christiansen

July 30, 1954 ~ January 8, 2005




July 30, 1954 till January 8, 2005 Elaine Christiansen of Silverdale, WA, died Saturday, January 8, 2005, at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, WA, after battling metastasized breast cancer for a year and a half. Elaine was born in Athens, Greece, to Chester and Arlene Yowell. Elaine grew up in Shawnee, KS, and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Spanish. Elaine worked at the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, KS, where she met the love of her life, Dave Christiansen, an East Bremerton WA, native. They were married on June 17, 1989, in Lynwood, WA. The Christiansen's have resided in Silverdale, WA, for the past six years. Before Elaine was unable to work because of her health problems, she worked at the Kitsap Regional Liberty in Port Orchard and volunteered at the Kitsap Humane Society. Elaine is survived by her husband, Dave, as well as four stepchildren, Jennifer Beaton and spouse, David, Heidi Robnett, Nick Clayton, all of Bremerton, WA, and Gavin Christiansen, who is in the Air Force stationed in Korea. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Torrie and Brady Beaton, Rachel Robnett and Ethan Clayton, all of Bremerton, and Jayden Christianson of Port Angeles. Elaine is also survived by her father, Chester Yowell; a brother, Ethan Yowell and a sister, Susan Messer, all of the Kansas City area; her niece, Carolyn and nephew, David Perdaris. Elaine was a loving, devoted wife, a selfless giving person who always put others first. She loved animals, books, Indian Culture and history, and always seemed to be wearing a smile. Elaine met with the Seattle Bible Students and the Kansas City Bible Students for many years. A memorial service will be held at Maple Hill Funeral Home in Kansas City, KS, at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2005. She will be inurned at Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Elaine requested that any donations be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, Kitsap Regional Library, or Kitsap Humane Society.

Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2005


If you knew Elaine and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post response").

Jan Klein and Mac McDaniel, Site Administrators

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12/14/08 08:29 AM #1    

Lisa Briguglio (Curtin)

Elaine and I had a few classes together in sophmore year.
She was so smart, sweet and had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by those who knew her well.

01/14/12 09:11 PM #2    

Sharon Vail (Page)

Elaine and I were best friends from 1966 when I met her in 6th grade through Junior High. We were in band and other classes together. We remained friends throughout highschool although we ventured off in different directions and interests. As I moved around the country we lost touch. I did not know she was gone until I found this listing.  I am sorry to hear of the loss, she was a good friend.


01/14/20 02:48 AM #3    

Dennis "Mac" McDaniel

Thank you, Paula Bright Anderson, for never giving up with your search and finally the important discovery of Elaine’s obituary so that our class can learn of Elaine’s travels, meeting the love of her life while studying at Kansas State University, settling in the Pacific Northwest in Washington before losing her courageous battle with cancer that seized her life.  Ever since the launch of our website Paula, Jan and I were on the quest for this important finding so that we as a class could have closer and most importantly that we’ll be able to know Elaine’s story and remember our former classmate. 

01/14/20 02:06 PM #4    

Bill Ray Lewis

Elaine, your presence on this Earth made the World a better place for all mankind!!! I know that you are now working with God to make Heaven a "Number One" place for all Believers!!! Thanks for allowing us to get to know you!!!    Dr. Bill Ray Lewis

01/15/20 12:34 PM #5    

Photo Page Aa-Reunion #30

Elaine's life sounds so familiar from all of our Shawnee, Kansas roots. Kind, loving, and pushing forward even through difficulties.  Our Midwest sensibilities.  Though I cannot count her as a close friend, we all shared the halls of SMNW - from those days of youth:   "We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other with us everywhere." - Tim McGraw

You are missed, remembered, always dear... Class of '72 .....

Jan Klein and Dennis McDaniel, co-administrators SMNW72


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