Jean Short Elling, born Jean Elizabeth Short in Penn Yan to Agatha Kelly Short and Sidney E. Short Sept. 2, 1921, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Indianola, Wash. A natural beauty inside and out, her strength, intelligence and sense of duty shone through her entire life.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Philip Short, David Short, and Mildred Ramsdale; and her beloved husband of 71 years, Oscar Andrew Elling.

She is survived by her daughter Gael (Don) Owen, her son, Gary (Liz) Elling; and grandchildren, Jeff Koontz, Tom (Kristin) Koontz, Kirsten (Serge) Elling, Bill (Jessica) Koontz, Karin (Kurt) Elling-Gardner, and Jason (Kristy) Koontz. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and her many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.