STERLING, VA -- Elinor (Lennie) Lemon was born and raised in the town of Culberston, where in 1886 her father established a bank that remains in the family. She was one of 15 children. Lennie graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1940 with a degree in Business Administration. Growing up, she loved music and often played the piano for musical events, which established a life-long love of music.
Elinor died at Falcons Landing, Sterling, Va., on April 8, 2009, and was born Feb. 16, 1919 in Culbertson.
She married Maurice Lemon, a West Point graduate and pilot in the Army Air Corps on Aug. 10, 1940.
Duty assignments took them to many Air Force bases, both in the U.S. and overseas; Guam in 1946 and memorably to Libya and Ramstein, Germany in 1959. These experiences inspired a love of traveling abroad, even into her 80s. Their last active duty tour was at Bolling AFB from where Col. Maurice Lemon retired in 1967. He died in 1976 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Elinor has four children, Jeannette Olson of Connecticut, Marilyn Ingley of Oregon, Linda Rasmussen of South Carolina and Maurice Raymond Lemon Jr. of Chicago , Ill. There are five surviving grandchildren, two deceased grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lennie worked as an administrative assistant for RCA and later as a substitute teacher.
She volunteered for many activities during the years in the Air Force, at Lake Barcroft , where she made her home for 40 years and for the last 6 years, at Falcons Landing in Potomac Falls .
She was a long-time active member of the Episcopal Church, at the Falls Church and, more recently, at St Matthews in Sterling She was known for her strength of character, adherence to high moral standards, and a love of family, qualities inherent in her pioneering family. She was a compassionate and loving friend, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.