Elinor Ciftan, age 81, died at Duke University Hospital on January 18, 2019 after a tragic fall. She was born on December 26, 1937.
Elinor grew up in the small town of Windham, New Hampshire where she was surrounded by nature’s beauty. There she learned to love fishing and gardening with flowers and vegetables. Elinor graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 1955, followed by Colby Junior College. She met her Armenian husband to be in Boston who came from Istanbul, Turkey to earn degrees in Physics. She was a self-taught computer programmer at Duke University and Research Triangle Institute. Elinor and her husband found joy in many things, especially cooking for their family. Her family and friends will always remember her selfless, warm, kind spirit, great sense of humor, and the joy she shared freely.
Elinor is survived by her husband of 61 years, Mikael, daughter Suzanne Hens, son-in-law Marc Hens, grandson Camron Hens, as well as her brother Robert Klein, sister-in-law Yolande Klein, nieces Ani Kindall, Arlene Kraus, Johanna Klein, and nephew Dana Klein. Elinor was preceded in death by her mother Ethel and father Robert Klein.
10 am -12 pm
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Hall-Wynne Funeral Service
Maplewood Cemetery – Section 19
1621 Duke University Road
2606 Tryon Rd
The Ciftan family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.