Elaine Sjolander Clement

Elaine Sjolander Clement passed away January 12th, 2010. Elaine was born January 7th, 1924 in Mt. Vernon, Washington to Emil and Esther (Anderson) Sjolander.  After graduating from Bellingham High School she moved to Seattle and was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell.  There she met her husband Harold Clement and they were married August 24, 1946.  They moved to Chicago where she worked for American Telephone and Telegraph and Harold finished his college education, receiving his degree as Doctor of Optometry.   Returning to the Seattle area Harold established his Optometric practice in Kirkland, WA.   Elaine managed the practice for 35 years until they retired.

She was a past member of the PTA in Kirkland, Rainbow Mothers and a Campfire leader for each of her dear daughters; Carol, Kim and Kathi. She was a past president of the Dr. H.H. Sherwood Orthopedic Guild, Y’s Menettes, and Beta Sigma Phi. Elaine was a member of the Sahalee Country Club for 34 years and a past president of the Women’s Division. She volunteered for many years at the Kirkland Performance Center and the Pilchuck Glass School.

Elaine loved golf, travel and the arts.  She spent many happy times as Chipper the Clown and was a member of Cascade Clown Alley, especially enjoying the early days clowning in parades with her two granddaughters Lorin and Brittany Ward. Elaine enjoyed being a mother and dearly loved her family who knew her as Mom, Gram, Bunny or G.G.  She cherished her family above everything and will live on in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband Harold Stoy Clement after 48 years of marriage and by her parents and her sister Carolyn Sjolander.  She is survived by her daughters Carol Peringer(and husband Stephen), Heather Kim Shuford(and husband Lindsay) and Kathi Ward(and husband Ed).  She also leaves her grandchildren Skylar Stein, Lacey Grapp, Tory Peringer, Lorin and Brittany Ward and her great granddaughter Alexis Grapp.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kirkland Performance Center at 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033 or the Emerald Heights Employee Sunshine Fund, at 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

7 Responses to “Elaine Sjolander Clement”

  • Kathi Clement Ward says:

    This last year has been a great challange for our family but it was just a short time in Moms long life. I was honored to be there for her, my Mom, my friend and inspiration. Thank you Mom for being the woman you were.

    Kathi Ann

  • Pam Mason and Richard Thomas says:

    Elaine loved to laugh, and to make others laugh. She raised 3 wonderful daughters who are our dear friends. Her spirit lives on through them. Much love, Pam and Richard

  • Tonya Hayward-Demme says:

    Carol,Heather and Kathi and family, I knew your mom since I was age 5 and absolutely loved her. She and I exchanged Christmas cards until last year and you always kept me informed on her crazy antics. She was a lady full of life and passed on her fun personality to all of you. I am happy to be part of the family and to have had Elaine in my life. Blessings to her on her next journey and hugs to you all. Love, Tonya

  • Sue Sanford says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss as I know that it hurts that she is gone. It has been a journey this past year that has it’s own share of challenges, joys, and learning for all of you I’m sure. I hope also for you that there is peace and celebration in her being free now. My thoughts are with you and your families. Love, Sue

  • Carol Dobbs (garland) says:

    Your mother was always so full of joy and doing for others. She will be greatly missed and I am honored to have known her.
    Carol Dobbs (garland)

  • Sharon Paulson & Sue Still says:

    Carol, Heather and Kathi: We loved your mom….she was such fun! Her laugh was incredible and memorable. She cared so dearly for her family, and Dad and Shirley as well. She will be with you always.

  • Carol Schillreff says:

    Elaine was a special lady and we became really good friends. I will miss her and will remember all the good times we had together from Mariner games, wine
    tastings, movies, the list just goes on. Miss you my friend.

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