January 22, 2013
Mary Jane Elliott, of lssaquah, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the age of 79.
She was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Boyne City, Mich., the daughter of Harry and Clara Tompkins. She graduated from Boyne City High School and was the salutatorian of her class. After graduating from the University of Michigan Nursing School, she started her life’s work in nursing at Mercer Island Pediatrics. She then worked for Doctors Hospital, and finally at Swedish Hospital as head nurse of the nursery, and post partum, retiring in 1996.
She was an active church member and chorister of every church she belonged to in her lifetime. She was gifted musically, not only as an alto, but also at the piano and organ, and she served as a substitute organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church, in Mercer Island, and St. Paul United Church of Christ in Ballard. Her passion was classical music, which led her to University Christian Church in the 2000s to sing under the direction of the late George Shangro.