Esther (Alena) Jolliff was born August 20, 1934, in Pine Valley, Oklahoma, to Jim and Lucy Robinson. She married Kenneth (Doyle) Jolliff on April 30, 1961, in Oakland, CA. She passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents: Jim and Lucy Robinson; and brother Elmer Robinson.
She is survived by her husband of the family home, Doyle Jolliff; her daughter, Phyllis Y. Jolliff, of Roswell; her son, David Jolliff and wife, Phyllis D. of Lemoore, CA; her son, Jim Jolliff and wife, Tammy, of Roswell, NM; her son, Steve Jolliff and wife, Sue of Prescott Valley, AZ; her grandchildren: Kerstin and husband, Jason Velho, of Lemore, CA; Wesley Jolliff and wife, Jackie, of Crofton, MD; Andrew, Kenny and Stephen Jolliff, of Roswell; Kailey Doughtery, of Prescott Valley, AZ; great-grandchildren: Amery and Liam Velho, of Lemore, CA; her sisters, Grace Pendergrass, of Corvallis, OR; Edith Marks, of Brookings OR; Alice Worley, of Las Alamos, NM; her brothers: Joe Robinson and wife, Florence of Shallowwater, TX, and John Robinson and wife, Laura, of Boles Acres, NM; her sisters, Glenna Cloin and husband, Cecil, of Parks, AZ; sister-in-law, Ellen Moncher, of Nockin, CA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all left to cherish her memory.
As a child, Alena lived in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon. She graduated from high school in Mapleton, OR, and moved back to New Mexico and worked at Holloman Air Force Base. She later went to college at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. She met her husband, Doyle Jolliff, at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM. They got married on April 30, 1961, in Oakland, CA. They lived in San Leandro, CA, then moved to Fremont, CA, where she raised their four children as a homemaker. She worked at Home Express in Fremont after the children were all grown.
Alena moved to Roswell in October of 2001. She attended First Assembly of God in Roswell for many years and then moved to Midway Assembly of God in Midway, NM. She touched many people’s lives by being a prayer warrior. She would wake in the middle of the night to pray for those brought to her mind. She loved her Lord and Savior. She loved her husband of almost 53 years as well as her children and grandchildren. She would make special meals or treats for each of them.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013, at Midway Assembly of God with Pastor Danny Sons and her Brother Joe Robinson officiating. Graveside will follow the memorial at South Park Cemetery and a lunch will be provided by the church for all friends and family to gather together at Midway Café at 12:30 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew, Kenny, Stephen, and Wesley Jolliff, Jason Velho, Pete Gonzalez, Bob Cabral, Neal Barnes, Morris Schertz and Liam Velho.
The family would like to thank Dr. Evan Nelson for his years of gentle caring, Dr. Vijay Chechani, most recently Dr. Vogelsang, Dr. Oscar Hernandez and Dr. Robert Rader, the nurses and Roberto and Amanda, respiratory help and all of the hospice staff for the loving care of a wife and mother.
Please take a moment to share your memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.