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Elinor Stotts

August 18, 1921 — December 30, 2021

Albert Lea

Elinor M. Stotts, 100, of Albert Lea passed away on December 30, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

She was born August 18, 1921 to Norman and Clara Johnson in Riceland Township, Minnesota.

Elinor graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1938, then worked as a clerk at the telephone company while in Lerdal, going on to work for Interstate Power in Albert Lea.

She married Lawrence Stotts on February 1, 1941 and together raised two sons in Hayward, Minnesota.

While living in Hayward she was very active at the Hayward Lutheran Church. She worked as a clerk for Esses Grocery and then for District 241 Hayward School Cafeteria.

Later years they moved to Albert Lea joining Grace Lutheran Church and Senior Center. After Lornie's passing she moved to St John's Knutson Place for 13 years.

Elinor was very proud of her Norwegian heritage & family. She made a lot of lefse for the holidays and was happy to teach her family how to make lefse.

She is survived by her two sons, Rex (Lois) Stotts of Albert Lea and Stuart Stotts of Badger, MN.

She had five grandchildren; Lynde (David) Nelsen; Mark (Andrea) Stotts; Preston (Irene) Stotts; Deniese Johnson; Ryan Stotts.

Great grandchildren; Christopher (Amber) Nelsen; Jennifer (Laura Curran) Nelsen; Nicole Stotts- (Cole) Thompson; Shayne Stotts; Lucas (Emily) Stotts; Sydney (Jerrod) Tarrell; Daniel (Luella) Fishel; Tiffany Friedman; Alex and Allison Stotts; Sterling (Charlene) Ambrose; Maria Pelkola-Stotts.

Great Great Grandchildren; Brayden and Rylan Nelsen; Elinor (Norah) Thompson; Mya and Noah Tarrell; Charlie Grace Freidman; John, Genevieve and Vivienne Fishel; Alayna and Connor Ambrose.

Sister-in-law, Lillian Johnson; Nieces and Nephews.

Elinor was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Clara Johnson; husband, Lawrence; parents-in-law Floyd and Nellie Stotts; Great Grandson, Aaron Stotts; Brothers, John (Nora) Johnson; Carlyle (Grace) Johnson; Norman Jr. (Irene) Johnson; Richard Johnson.

We would like to give a special Thank you to St John's Knutson Place staff, Roxie and Sandy. Also to third Floor at St John's Woodlands staff.  Their compassion and care was greatly appreciated by the family.

Memorial services will be held at 10AM on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

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