Elinor Paula (Shaw) Boyer

Born: Sun., Sep. 26, 1926
Died: Fri., Apr. 21, 2017

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Location: Ronan Funeral Home

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Elinor P. Boyer, 90, of Carlisle, PA, died at Forest Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle, PA, on Friday, April 21, 2017. She was born in Lisbon, Ohio, on September 26, 1926, the eldest child of Opal (Eastham) Shaw and Albert L. Shaw.  She married Jacob J. boyer in February 1927, and after a long and happy life together, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on February 2013.  In April 2013, Jacob preceded Elinor in death.


Surviving are six of Elinor and Jake’s Children:  Nancy (Boyer) Duras of Carlisle, PA; Kenneth Boyer of McKeesport, PA; William Boyer of Washington, PA; Gloria Boyer of Carlisle, PA; Mary (Boyer) Adair of Warrenton, MO; and Matthew Boyer of Windber, PA; a son, James D. Boyer, also preceded Elinor in death.


Also surviving are Elinor’s three sisters:  Marilyn Morrow of New Cumberland, PA; Eunice Lightner of Newville, PA; and Lois Crull of Carlisle, PA. Elinor was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Shaw as well as three siblings who died in childhood.  She had six grandchildren, in addition to many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.


As a young woman, Elinor attended Indiana State Teacher’s College and worked as a housekeeper.  After her marriage, she stayed very busy with her household and her seven children.  She was an accomplished seamstress and made clothes for her kids when they were young.  Later on, she made quilts and knotted coverlets (haps).  When she was in her forties, she completed half of the training to become a licensed practical nurse but had to stop due to health problems.


Elinor loved to read. In addition to medicine and health, she was interested in writing.  In 2015, she published a book of her memories and observations called See the World in a Trotwood.  She loved her dogs Butch, Midnight, Pepper, Riley, and Marshall, and she tolerated one cat, except when he jumped on the counter and ate the cottage cheese.


Funeral services will be private.  There will be no public viewing or visitation.


Ronan Funeral Home, Carlisle, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Memorial contributions may be directed to:  Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or at shop.stjude.org

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Gloria Boyer
   Posted Sun April 23, 2017
Sharing a poem by Marie Howe...

My Mother’s Body

Bless my mother’s body, the first song of her beating
heart and her breathing, her voice, which I could dimly hear,
grew louder. From inside her body I heard almost every word she said.
Within that girl I drove to the store and back, her feet pressing
pedals of the blue car, her voice, first gate to the cold sunny mornings,
rain, moonlight, snow fall, dogs…
Her kidneys failed, the womb where I once lived is gone.
Her young astonished body pushed me down that long corridor,
and my body hurt her, I know that – 24 years old. I’m old enough
to be that girl’s mother, to smooth her hair, to look into her exultant frightened eyes,
her bedsheets stained with chocolate, her heart in constant failure.
It’s a girl, someone must have said. She must have kissed me
with her mouth, first grief, first air,
and soon I was drinking her, first food, I was eating my mother
slumped in her wheelchair, one of my brothers pushing it,
across the snowy lawn, her eyes fixed, her face averted.
Bless this body she made, my long legs, her long arms and fingers,
our voice in my throat speaking to you now.

Mary Boyer-Shaw Adair
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
I think of my mother and father with this song from Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton:

Over You

Weather man said it's gonna snow
By now I should be used to the cold
Mid-February shouldn't be so scary
It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me
But you went away
How dare you, I miss you
They say I'll be OK
But I'm not going to ever get over you
Living alone here in this place
I think of you, and I'm not afraid
Your favorite records make me feel better
'Cause you sing along with every song
I know you didn't mean to give them to me
But you went away
How dare you, I miss you
They say I'll be OK
But I'm not going to ever get over you
It really sinks in, you know
When I see it in stone
'Cause you went away,
How dare you, I miss you
They say I'll be OK
But I'm not going to ever get over you

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