Date of Birth: November 10, 1946
Date of Death: October 28, 2020
Elaine Mary Block (née Austin) was born in Syracuse, New York, on November 10, 1946. Her mother died when Elaine was very young and she was later adopted by her aunt, who took her into her home. Elaine attended St. Lucy's Academy for her education, where she later graduated, and in the mid-70s, she married. Although the union only lasted a few years, it did produce two children, Joseph and Jeffrey. To support them, she worked at a number of jobs. She started at an oil company (Pool, or Poole, Oil), then later moved onto dry-cleaning at Spence's, and later Patrick's in Syracuse, where she worked for many years. In 1995, the first of two grandchildren, Joshua, was born to her son, Joseph, and his wife, Samantha. Around the same time, she had her first bout with cancer. A thymoma, which spread to one of her lungs. After surgery, she eventually made a full recovery, though it did cost her part of one of her lungs. In 2000, another grandchild was born, a little girl, whom Joseph and Samantha named Kyra. Later that year, Elaine and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Once settled in, she began working for a local day care center, Kindercare Learning Centers, which she enjoyed greatly, as she was assigned to the room with the infants. In 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer once more. This time, it was breast cancer. She was treated with surgery, radiation, and medication, and recovered as before. In 2010, she retired from work, and looked forward to spending the remainder of her life resting and relaxing, with the occasional doctor appointments. In May of 2020, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which was in the early stages. On July 1st, treatment began via a medication regimen. Two months later, she was nearly bedridden, as the side effects had taken her strength from her. At this time, the medication was discontinued. On Sept 17th, she was sent to the E.R. for treatment, and was later admitted. A month later, on October 22, it was decided that she should return home, as her condition had deteriorated, and they had done all they could for her. Once she was home, she was cared for by her son, Jeffrey, who administered treatments prescribed by Hospice care, to keep her as comfortable as possible. 6 days later, Elaine Block passed away. At home. At peace.
No services are planned and interment will be at the family's convenience.