Elena de Beaumont
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THL Elena de Beaumont, formerly known as Alix de Beaumont was a talented artisan and fighter. She passed away from cancer on November 21, 2003.
- Born: December 4, 1965
- Passed: November 21, 2003
Glynis, 37, was the daughter of William and Phyllis. Glynis was born in Port Jefferson, N.Y., during the “Great Northeast Blackout” — a massive power outage that darkened areas from New Hampshire to Ontario, Canada.
At the age of 11, Glynis moved to Chula Vista, Calif., with her mother and brother, Michael. In high school, Glynis joined the Sea Cadets, a program sponsored by the Navy to teach young people duty, courage and self-reliance. As part of this program, Glynis went through an intensive “boot camp” weekend at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps station, which she completed with honors.
In 1981 Glynis started volunteering with the USO to help sailors stationed far away from home. For her dedication and thousands of hours of USO service, she received a “10 Leadership Award” in 1989.
Glynis began a 14-year career with Aetna Health Care in 1989. Glynis met Robert, a Navy Petty Officer Second Class, in 1990, and the two were married in April of 1991. They enjoyed a very close bond, were rarely apart, and their strong relationship was a source of inspiration to their friends.
Robert and Glynis joined the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval re-enactment organization, in 1992. In the SCA, Glynis became known as a talented artist and a capable administrator — she received a “Crescent” in 1998 for her service as seneschal, marshal and steward, and a “Harp Argent” in 2002 for her talent in culinary arts. Yet she was perhaps most proud of her accomplishments in SCA armored combat: She frequently took part in tournaments and wars, and her dedication to this physically demanding sport was admired by many warriors who were bigger and stronger than she.
Glynis was a member of the congregation at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. In 2001 she became a Chalice Bearer, assisting with Communion ceremonies and reading lessons from the Bible during services. She read scriptures with both enthusiasm and reverence, and was particularly fond of parables that presented Christ as the “good shepherd.”
In June of 2000 Glynis was diagnosed with cancer, and over the course of the next three years she underwent surgery and therapy to battle the disease. Throughout this fight her strength, resilience and unquenchable optimism were remarkable and truly inspiring.
Ironically, although Glynis was born in a moment of darkness, she was a shining example of confidence and self-reliance. Glynis embodied courage, integrity, enthusiasm and commitment, and she will be long remembered for the brightness and warmth she brought into the hundreds of lives she touched.
Glynis is survived by her husband Robert, her mother Phyllis, her stepfather Daniel, her father Henry, her brother Michael, and her stepsister Anne Louise.
- Photos of Elena (Broken link - 5/4/2010)