Helen Lucille Elbrader
Helen Lucille Elbrader
  • April 17, 1930 - May 14, 2017
  • Napa, California

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Helen Lucille France Elbrader, born April17, 1930, to Earl and Alice (Peterson) France in Jerome, Idaho, left this life on May 14, 2017, from Garden Villa Rehab Center, Bloomington, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Elbrader, in 1999; her son, Larry Elbrader in 1992; her brothers Wilbur France, Marvin France, and Ernest France; and her sisters Nina Rainone, Dorothy Hoshaw, and Ruth Campbell. She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Danny) Richins of Thornton, Colorado, and Shirley (Michael) Douglas of Bloomington, Indiana; one brother, Vern (Carol) France, of Gooding, Idaho;, and one beloved sister-in-law, Patricia (Marvin) Jacinto of Auburn, California, as well as nine grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.
A "servant of the Lord Jesus Christ" best describes Helen. She was born into the family of God in 1958, and she diligently served that family, as well as her own posterity. She faithfully taught Sunday school and worked in youth ministry at the United Pentecostal Church of Loomis for 15 years.
Helen earned her B.A. in education in 1962 from Sacramento State College and was immediately certified to teach elementary grades. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.
She began her teaching career in Roseville, California, and one year later transferred to Loomis Union Grammar School in Loomis, California. She taught fifth grade there for seven years, and she prided herself in one specific accomplishment: she was able to have every one of her pupils, except one, reading at grade level by the time they were to be promoted to sixth grade in the spring. Her summers were spent traveling throughout the state of California, teaching specialized reading workshops in the state school districts.
As Helen grew in her Christian faith, she discovered the dichotomy between Biblical teaching and humanism. She became increasingly aware that the ideology of public education ran counter to her tightly held religious beliefs. Desiring to teach from a Biblical worldview, she opened Loomis Christian School in 1971. She went on to found, administrate, and teach in two other Christian schools: Community Christian School in Bloomington, Indiana, and New Life Academy in Napa, California. She also was instrumental in organizing several other Christian schools .
After 40 years teaching in the classroom, Helen once again returned to the classroom herself as a student in UC Santa Barbara, completing the Lindamood Bell Processes program for teaching dyslexic students. In the fall of 2001 she returned to Loomis to open up her own tutoring business-Yes! (Your Educational Success) Tutoring. The one student she was unable to teach to read? After opening her tutoring business this young man and Helen crossed paths in Loomis one day, and, Yes!, she was able to teach him to read as an adult!
Her avocation lay in the arts: she loved sewing, macramé, needlework, cooking, baking, canning, and pottery. She even bought her own kiln so that her students could create their own pottery.
This earth has lost a kind soul who truly loved her God and all children. She now has entered her eternal rest.
A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Interment will be May 20, 2017 in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, Fair Oaks, California.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com