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Elaine Audrey Raiber Ahrens
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Birth: May 21, 1932
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1997
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Elaine, an only child, was reared with foster children as she was growing up and had a step-sister. During her childhood, she suffered from rheumatic fever. She was held out of school for a year.

She had a pet pig that would meet her at the bus.

Elaine was listed on the honor roll in 5th grade at Great Valley, New York, December 23, 1941, and again February 4, 1942.

October 27, 1950, it was reported in the Times Herald in Olean, New York, that she was chosen as Witch to reign over the Halloween Frolic given by Westbrook's Commercial Academy at Eagles' Hall.

In 1952 Elaine was working as a clerk at CB Company in Olean, New York. She was living at 5 Linwood Ave. in Salamanca, New York.

Elaine married Frederick Martin Ahrens on June 6, 1952, in Salamanca, Cattaraugus, New York. To this union were born four sons.

She enjoyed playing cards and other games, watching sports on television, camping, fishing, traveling, knitting and crocheting, doing many other crafts, and collecting frog figurines. She was family oriented and a caring person. She enjoyed helping others learn how to do crafts. She was creative and helped a left handed lady learn how to crochet after being told that many had tried unsuccessfully to do it before her. She was a good cook.

The family moved from Salamanca to Hornell in 1963. They returned to Salamanca the following year. Akron was their home in 1966. The next year they were living in Clarence. In the next 10 years she would work as a cashier at W.T. Grant, a high school teacher aide, a nurse's aide at a local nursing home, a collector at the Credit Bureau, and a secretary for the first group to develop the open heart machine. Fritz took a job with Climax Molybdenum Mine in Colorado. He moved the family to Leadville in 1976. They moved to Buena Vista around 1977, Kremmling around 1979, and then returned to Leadville. She loved her pets. She taught one of the family dogs to talk...saying "Mom" "hi Mom" and "hello". If Goldie was given a doughnut she would say "I love you". She took Goldie to school to show the children. She would end the program telling Goldie to sit and Goldie would lay down and then she would tell the children that Goldie obeyed like they do sometimes. Fritz's job took them to Hot Sulphur Springs in the early 80's. After Fritz retired in 1984, he and Elaine moved to Peoria, Arizona, to help care for Elaine's Aunt Wilma Norris. They remained there until Elaine's death.

Fritz said at the end of his life, that without Elaine, he would have not been able to have accomplished all he had done in his job.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, John and Alice Raiber and her stepfather, Roy Brown.

She was survived by her husband of 45 years, and her four sons and their families, and her stepmother, Dolly.

Fritz brought her ashes to Colorado where he and his oldest son and family spread her ashes at the base of Mt. Massive in Leadville on September 25, 1997.
Family links: 
  John Allen Raiber (1903 - 1951)
  Alice Eliza Raiber Fay Brown (1903 - 1965)
  Frederick Martin Ahrens (1927 - 2011)*
  Dean Roy Ahrens (1958 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at trail base of Mt. Massive in Leadville, Lake County, Colorado
Created by: Eva Pippin Flowers
Record added: Sep 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58126986
Elaine Audrey <i>Raiber</i> Ahrens
Added by: Eva Pippin Flowers
Elaine Audrey <i>Raiber</i> Ahrens
Added by: Eva Pippin Flowers
Elaine Audrey <i>Raiber</i> Ahrens
Added by: Eva Pippin Flowers
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