ELAINE MARIE (BONILLA) ALPHIN

Born: Sun., Oct. 30, 1955
Died: Tue., Aug. 19, 2014


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Funeral services for Elaine Marie Alphin, 58, are pending at this time.  Internment will be in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman, Montana.
Elaine Alphin died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her home in Glenrock, Wyoming;
She was born October 30, 1955 in San Francisco, California the daughter of Richard E. and Janice (Toler) Bonilla.  She was raised and educated in San Francisco, Savanah, Georgia, New York City, New York, and Houston, Texas. She attended Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco.  Then the family moved to New York City, where she attended William H. Carr Junior High School.  After that the family moved to Houston, and she attended and graduated from Westchester High School in 1972 and went onto Rice University in Houston where she received her BA degree.  She attended and received her MA degree from York University in York, England.  In the 1970’s and 1980’s she wrote over 200 articles for various periodicals.  
She was married to Arthur B. Alphin on May 9, 1982 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  They lived in Madison, Wisconsin, Bozeman, Montana, Chamberlain, South Dakota, and have lived in Glenrock since July, 2010.
Elaine taught at the Institute for Children’s Literature in Connecticut.  She wrote her first children’s book in 1989 and finished her 33rd book in 2011.  On August 7, 2011 she had a stroke which ended her writing career and from that point she was cared by her husband, Arthur.  
She was a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Writing was Elaine’s passion and life and she was Arthur’s love of  life and mate for life.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Arthur Alphin, of Glenrock and her parents, Richard and Janice Bonilla of Poteau, Oklahoma.
A memorial to Good Bears of the World, P.O. Box 13097, Toledo, Ohio 43613 would be appreciated by the family.      
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Kim Bradley
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
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Elaine was in my writer's group in Indianapolis back in the 1990s, before I moved to Tennessee. I'm sorry to say that I never heard about her stroke. I know how much she loved you, and how much she valued your critique of her work--she often spoke of your partnership. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Kim Bradley

Sandy Asher
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
Elaine was my Institute of Children's Literature student when we first became acquainted, a brilliant student working on PROVING GROUND, a book she would publish not long after. We soon became friends as well as colleagues, and I'm proud to have included her excellent stories in several of my anthologies of fiction. Her dedication, enthusiasm, and generosity made her a wonder to behold. My heart goes out to her beloved husband Art and her parents.

Michelle Fontenot
   Posted Sun August 24, 2014
Elaine was one of my closest friends at Westchester High School even though she was in the year ahead of me. I worked with her in the drama department; she would leave me notes pinned to the department's message board. I still have those notes, even after all of these years. She graciously invited me to join her and her parents for dinner at Vargo's to celebrate her high school graduation. We lost touch soon after, both of us off to lead our own lives. I've been searching for Elaine online for several years and was very upset to hear of her passing. I regret that I "found" Elaine in this manner. My condolences to all of her family. I am profoundly sorry. Tomorrow I will spend the day retrieving her notes and reading through every one of them.

Debbie Shaw
   Posted Tue August 26, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss. When we lose someone we love God sees our tears of pain. That is why he promises to remove everything that makes us cry, including death. (Revelation 21:3, 4) This has brought me comfort in my times of loss. I hope it comforts you as well.

Susan Jobe Carter
   Posted Thu September 04, 2014
Elaine and I met in English class our sophomore year at Westchester and remained friends throughout HS. I was pleased to renew our friendship on Facebook a few years ago and was saddend to hear about her stroke. Now I am grieved to learn that she has passed. My deepest condolences on your loss. You, all Elaine's family, remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat Wheeler
   Posted Wed September 10, 2014
I met Elaine at a number of Indiana SCBWI events. She was so easy to talk to and so passionate about writing. I especially loved her book Counterfeit Son and have used it and others of hers as teaching tools in my college classes. Her ability to put words together to elicit emotion is a powerful lesson for my students who want to become teachers and help children learn to write.

Art, I never met you but I have read and saved all the emails you have posted about your journey caring lovingly for Elaine since her stroke. It is obvious why you two were such a strong pair! God's blessings on you both.

Westchester Alumni Association, Inc. - Houston TX
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
The Westchester Alumni Association along with the Class of 1973 expresses our deepest sympathy to the family of Elaine Bonilla Alphin.

Nancy Ellen Walker
   Posted Wed March 25, 2015
I knew Elaine well when we were undergraduates at Rice together in the '70s. I sat next to her one year in David Minter's American Literature class and she was brilliant every day. I was less brilliant, a lot less brilliant and I remember borrowing her notes for a class I missed and realizing how much more insight she had into 19th century lit than I had. I cheered when I heard she had published her first book and for a while, we swapped annual Christmas greetings. But we drifted apart and the years flew by and today, I read in the alumni magazine that she had passed. I can still hear her laugh and I remember how enthusiastic she was about her passions, especially her husband Art and especially writing. I am truly sorry she is gone and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones.

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