Elinor “Ellie” Felicia (Carlson) Buchanan
Elinor (Ellie) Buchanan was born in Moose, Wyoming on January 9th, 1925 to Roger Frederick Carlson and Lauretta Marie Sensenbach Carlson. The family soon moved to California and then returned to Moose and Jackson, Wyoming in 1931. Later they moved to Rock Springs, where Ellie graduated from high school in 1942. She worked in a dental office until her enlistment into the Navy W.A.V.E.S. on February 13th, 1945. She took her Boot Training at Hunter College in New York and Hospital Training Corps at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This was the first year women entered the service and she proudly served her country. Ellie was assigned to the Oaknoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California and worked there until honorably discharged June 13th, 1946 as WW II had ended. She returned to Wyoming and worked in the surgical department at Rock Springs General Hospital, then worked in an accounting office until her marriage to Chester “Buck” Buchanan on August 20th, 1947. Their daughter, Penny Lee Buchanan was born June 14th, 1950 in Casper, Wyoming. In March of 1951, the family moved to Miles City, where Buck was transferred with Social Security Agency and later another transfer brought them to Kalispell in January of 1961. Twenty five of their best years were spent living on Brown’s Gulch in Mountain Brook where they knew most of their neighbors and entertained often in their garden. It was here that they adopted many friends as family. Ellie is survived by Penny of Rathdrum, Idaho and her brothers Gene (JoAnne) and Chuck (Jan). Her husband, Buck, parents and two sisters, Eunice and Gabby preceded her in death. She was cared for and loved by many close friends during her final days and shared so many interesting stories of her 93 years. A memorial service will be held at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home at 11 o’clock on Wednesday, February 28th, followed by a military salute by the V.F.W.
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