October 6, 2010

Elaine Marie

Elaine Marie (Maltais) Pettersen passed away peacefully in her home October 4, 2010 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

Elaine was born June 25, 1940 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Roger and Juliette Maltais. She lived in Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Texas, and settled in Camarillo in 1980. She was an active member in many civic and community organizations her entire life, including Camarillo Rotary Club, and the St. John’s Hospital Board.

As a prolific and successful Real Estate Broker in Ventura County for 30 years, Elaine was known and admired by hundreds of families, clients, and colleagues. She always loved being of service to people in need.

Elaine was a tremendously joyful person. Among her favorite things to do were, gardening, cooking, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family. Elaine loved people and always wanted to know their story.

I was fortunate enough to be my mom's caretaker for the last two years of her life. It was a labor of love and she was able to teach me much about dignity and courage.