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Elinor Maurine (McGuire, Alexander) Walton entered this world on Nov. 28, 1923 and went to eternal rest on March 7, 2021. She was born a day before Thanksgiving to Chris Clarence and Estella (Farmer) McGuire at their home near Sharon, KS. She was quickly nicknamed Turk by seven brothers and a sister. Elinor attended First Grade at Dayton School on Dayton Hill near Devon, KS. She returned to Sharon at the end of the school year and continued her education at Sharon High School until World War II.
Elinor was employed at Boeing Aircraft during the war for three years. Her work was rated by her peers as excellent and trusted enough that it would always be stamped without the need of inspection. Later Elinor and three girls traveled by train to Portland, OR where she was employed by General Mills. There she met Raymond Lavern Alexander who was originally from eastern Kansas. They were married Dec. 21,1944 at Vancouver, WA. In 1948 General Mills relocated their company to Lodi, CA. Raymond and Elinor both returned to their home state of Kansas and purchased a farm at Havensville. After the birth of two children, Shannon and Gregory, they left the farm after four years and moved to Sharon where they continued to raise their family.
Raymond Alexander passed away on June 26, 1986. On April 1, 1997 Elinor married Alex Walton who passed away on April 5, 2000.
In 1996 Elinor took the trip of her lifetime to Israel with her children. She loved seeing the places that told the story of Jesus. The highlight of her trip was getting baptized in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. In 2001 she took another trip with her children to Alaska on a cruise ship. Those were wonderful memories she kept for years.
Survivors include her children Shannon (Alan) George of Hutchinson, KS and Greg (Debra) Alexander of Wichita. Grandchildren are Bret (Jill) Fitzpatrick and great-granddaughter Tia of Sterling, KS, Caleb Alexander of Dallas, TX, Amanda (Andy) Roy of Goddard, KS and their sons, and the daughters of Trey Meairs.
She was preceded in death by parents, Chris and Estella McGuire and her siblings, Marshall, Thomas, Homer, Vivian, Maurice, Powell, Vincent, and Gordon McGuire.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
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