Elsie Marilyn Lewis
Elsie Marilyn Jacobs was born on June 4, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio, the second child of Goodman and Helen Jacobs, who had immigrated to the United States from Hungary. She had one older brother, Carl Jacobs, a World War II veteran.
Elsie grew up in Cleveland as part of the local immigrant Jewish community , in close contact with her extended family.She was an excellent student and graduated from Glenville High School in Cleveland in 1949 as the class valedictorian and a member of Phi Beta Kappa society. She received a full academic scholarship to attend Western Reserve University (today part of Case Western Reserve University), from which she graduated with a degree in English in 1953.
Elsie began teaching in the Cleveland public school system after graduation. That same year she met Alan Lewis and after a short courtship they were married on February 13, 1954, in Cleveland.
Soon after their wedding, the couple moved to Germany where Alan had been stationed by the army. They enjoyed their time in Europe, traveling as much as they could and making friends with whom they stayed in touch all their lives. Elsie returned to Cleveland in 1955 to give birth to their daughter, Susan.
After Alan was discharged from the army, the couple decided to join Alan's sister and brother in California, moving to Los Angeles in 1956. The couple's second child, a son, Steven was born there the following year.
Elsie spent the family's years in LA raising the children, spending time with Alan's family and enjoying Southern California life in the late 50's and early 60's. She was involved in the children's schools and became the president of the PTA for the school year 1964-65. In late 1965 Alan and Elsie decided to move to Oregon and settled in West Linn. After a time continuing to raise her children, being involved in the community and working as an aide in the library at Willamette Middle School in West Linn, Elsie returned to school and earned a master's degree in library science from Portland State University. She soon took over as head librarian at Willamette and stayed there until she retired in 1989.
Elsie was a lifelong proponent of the importance of reading and transmitted her passion to her students and fellow teachers. She was named West Linn Teacher of the Year for 1983-84 and Oregon Educational Media Association, Library Teacher of the Year in 1985.
After retirement Elsie became heavily involved with the West Linn Public Library as a member and then president of the Friends Of the Library group, working with many, including her husband, to support the building of the new library and being one of the founders of the Book Cellar.
Elsie was a proud member of the Lady Lions Club in West Linn, which allowed her to stay active and maintain the friendships she developed in her 50 plus years living in the
She was a devoted grandmother to Will, Jessica and Ethan and will be sorely missed. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Alan. She is survived by her daughter, Susan, son in law, Bill and grandchildren Will and Jessica of Oregon and New York respectively and by her son,Steven, daughter in law, Pura and grandson, Ethan, of Valencia, Spain and her sisters in law, Ruth Jacobs of Cleveland, Ohio and Beverly Lewis of Medford, Oregon.