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Elinor grew up in the small town of Windham, N.H. 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.
There was a visitation on January 23, 2019 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham, NC from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with burial to follow at Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Road, Durham, NC. There will be a reception following the burial at 2606 Tryon Road, Durham, NC.
The Ciftan family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com – select obituaries.
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