Elaine Manns Swan, a retired teacher and counselor, died peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Los Angeles, Ca. on Wed., April 20, she was 92 years old.
Born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 10, 1918 to the late Edgar Thomas Manns Sr., and the late Nannie Hughes Manns, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1936. She continued her education at Virginia State College and received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1940. She later received her master’s in education from Azuza Pacific College in California. While attending Virginia State College, she met James E. Swan from Pittsburgh, Pa. She married her “Jimmie” in Sept. 1941 at St. James’ Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square. In 1942, the marriage was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Gail Clark.
A long-term educator, she began her teaching career as a home economics teacher at School #107 in Baltimore while her husband pursued his medical degree at Howard Medical School. After her husband completed his medical training and military service, the family relocated to Los Angeles, Ca. in 1954. She taught home economics at Carver High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the time of her retirement she was a Compensatory Education counselor at Gompers Jr. High and served as a Master Teacher for California State University.
Elaine enjoyed playing bridge, painting, traveling all over the globe, being a Jack and Jill Mom, socializing with her friends in the “Friday Neighbor,” being an AKA, and serving as the president of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Charles Drew Society, a medical organization for minority physicians in Los Angeles.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edgar Manns Jr. in 1940, her aunt, Carrie Manns Wilkinson in 1985, her stepbrother, Ronald David Scott in 2001, her special aunt, Essie Hughes, in 2002, and her niece, Nancy Manns Fair in 2003.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail Swan of L.A.; her nephew Edgar Thomas Manns III of Baltimore; special lifelong friends from Baltimore, Gwendolyn Lynch, Janet Clash Woolridge, and Mamie Todd; and relatives – Candace Simms, Stuart Simms, Marcus Simms, Paul Simms, and Erin Simms and friends who called her mom, Aunt Elaine or Queen Bee.
A memorial service was held May 18 at Holman Memorial United Methodist Church in L.A. Memorial contributions may be made to Holman Community Development Corporation (“Jobs for Kids Program:), 3320 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif., 90018 or to the St. James’ Episcopal Church Capital Campaign, 1020 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21217.
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