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Elaine Marie Kellum


Elaine Marie Kellum

Dec. 11, 1943 - Dec. 1, 2011

Elaine Marie Kellum, 67, of Soldotna died Dec. 1, 2011, after an extended illness, with her loving husband, Daryl and family members by her side. Elaine was born Dec. 11, 1943, in Bell, Calif., to Arthur and Bernice Shilliam. In 1944, Elaine and her parents made the cross-country journey to Garden Springs, Wash. where they set up their new home. The story is that Elaine traveled in a cardboard box in the back of a Model A Ford. Elaine was the oldest of three kids and grew up in Garden Springs, just west of Spokane. She attended Garden Springs Elementary and graduated from Cheney High School in 1962. In high school, Elaine was actively involved in 4H, as well as the Future Homemakers of America (FHA). Elaine was the state vice president of FHA and even earned a trip to Washington, D.C. Elaine attended Washington State University until she married Ed Tubbs Jr. in 1962. On Sept. 7, 1964, Elaine was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Cindy. She was blessed again with the arrival of her son Jeff on Dec. 21, 1968. The family moved to Alaska in the summer of 1975.

On Dec. 2, 1988, Elaine married the love of her life, Daryl Kellum. Her family grew to include three step-children, Kristy, Kathy and Darin. Elaine worked as a school secretary for 19 years. She worked at Rabbit Creek Elementary, Ninilchik and Skyview High School. In 1994, Daryl and Elaine spent 5 years working and living in bush communities in Alaska. They lived in Point Hope, Anaktuvik Pass, and Noorvik. Elaine enjoyed experiencing living in rural Alaska and learning about the Inupiat culture, she even experienced whaling on the ice.

Elaine started her own business, Pampered Chef, in 2002. She loved the opportunity and freedom it gave her to meet so many new people and to enjoy new experiences. Elaine loved teaching people to make simple meals in the kitchen using quality products. She also earned all expense paid vacations to Paris, Disneyworld, Maui, and a Caribbean Cruise. Elaine achieved many awards over the years from Pampered Chef including Top Achievement in Sales and was the second top seller in the company in December 2010.

In the past several years, Elaine enjoyed spending her summers in Alaska and winters in the Lower 48. Elaine was fortunate to be able to travel around the Lower 48 with her husband Daryl, in their motorhome visiting numerous family and friends. Elaine and Daryl owned and operated Kings Kitchen Bed and Breakfast and a Kenai River Guide Service for 20 years. Elaine found her Savior Jesus Christ at a young age. She attended the Soldotna Bible Chapel and appreciated all the love and support of the church family.

Elaine was preceded in death by her father and mother, Arthur and Bernice Shilliam.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Daryl Kellum; brothers, Gary Shilliam and Allen Shilliam; sister-in-law, Donna Shilliam; daughter, Cindy Parris; son, Jeff Tubbs; step-daughters, Kristy Schmelzenbach and Kathy Kellum; step-son, Darin Kellum; son-in-law, Jay Schmelzenbach; daughters-in-law, Heather Craig and Natalie Kellum; grandchildren, Kimber Johnson, Alex Schmelzenbach, Anthony Oder, Tyler Parrish, Karissa Oder, Reid Schmelzenbach, Ryna Tubbs; and several nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.

A memorial service was held Dec. 4, 2011, at Friendswood Friends Church Parlor, Friendswood, Texas, with Dr. Beryl Cline officiating. A memorial service will be held at the Soldotna Bible Chapel in Soldotna at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, 16200 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik, Alaska 99669 in memory of Elaine Kellum.

Condolences may be sent to the Kellum Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.