Elinor Morse Spencer, a Playa del Rey resident for more than 60 years, died Friday, July 28th. She was 96 years old.
Born Elinor Johnson in Brooklyn, New York on September 27th, 1909, she settled in Playa del Rey in 1946.
She attended Santa Monica High School for one year, then graduated from Glendale High School in 1927 and attended Willis Business College.
She often spoke of how much fun she had in her teenage years spending summers in Avalon, Catalina Island with her Aunt Estelle and Uncle Sid.
Tennis, swimming, horseback riding and snow skiing also kept her busy in her younger years.
She worked as a secretary before marrying Willis Edgar “Eddie” Spencer and then became a stay-at-home mom.
In 1959 and 1960, the Spencers took their four children on a trip around the world for 14 months.
After taking a train to New York and a ship across the Atlantic Ocean, the Spencers purchased a Volkswagen camper in Germany.
The family took the camper on ski trips in Austria, Switzerland and Norway, and then toured the rest of western Europe, camping whenever they could.
They drove through what was then Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, West Pakistan and India.
From Calcutta, the family sailed to Hong Kong, Yokohama, Honolulu and San Francisco.
Spencer is preceded in death by her mother, Irene M. Johnson, and father, Joseph S. Johnson, of Santa Monica, and her husband of 51 years.
She is survived by three sons, Joseph M. Spencer of Los Angeles, Kerry W. Spencer of Playa del Rey, and Craig M. Spencer of Caballo, New Mexico; one daughter, Cheryl Spencer Williams of Porterville; two grandchildren, Matthew Spencer of San Diego, and Lori Alexander of Denver, Colorado; and two great grandchildren, Austin and Hayley Alexander.