Elinor Dawn Graham, an active member of The Church in Ocean Park of Santa Monica who served as the director of music, died November 22nd. She was 62.
Graham was born March 20th, 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia as the daughter of Ray and Marion Graham.
Since 1960 she lived in the Los Angeles area, where she dedicated her life to music, theater and community involvement, teaching and learning how to bring more love and justice into the world, friends said.
Graham was a member of the Company Theater, the Provisional Theater, Public Works, and was a founding member of the women’s group WIMS. Each organization provided a welcome venue to Graham through music and improvisation.
She first became involved with The Church in Ocean Park in 1976, serving as the director of music.—Friends said that Graham had a special gift of finding and igniting music, and her range and profound connection to the music of people, politics and the soul was inspirational.
Over the years, she worked as a bookkeeper at Folklore Music, McZand Herbal, and the Norton Family Office.
Her curiosity and clarity of perception made her a wonderful teacher, friend and mother, friends said. They added that they will miss her subtle elegance, gracious presence and love.
Graham is survived by her loving partner Renee, her beloved son Tavish, sister Gloria and brother Gordon, and many dear friends.
Memorial services are scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 5th at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. Information, (310) 399-1631.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society and The Church in Ocean Park.