Elinor Jane Pinczes, 81, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2021. She was born March 4, 1940, in Bozeman, Montana, the daughter of Fred and Sarah Helen (Ring) Harvey. She was the tenth of eleven children.
Elinor graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1957.
Elinor met John T. Pinczes in Bozeman and they married on August 13, 1960. They welcomed daughter, Dennise, to the family on their first anniversary. Dennise was followed by a daughter, Katie, and son, John.
Elinor worked as a secretary at MSU and several law offices. She joined The Sewing Bee as a master seamstress. After retiring from The Sewing Bee she woke early in the morning to write. In 1992 Katie asked her to write a book for the 100th day of school.
She wrote “One Hundred Hungry Ants,” which she later published along with four other successful math concept children’s books. She dedicated her books to her children, grandchildren, and her sister, Ethie. She retired from writing in 2006.
Elinor was very creative and liked writing, drawing, and crafting with her family. She periodically remodeled their home. She liked bowling, playing pool, and spending time with her family. She loved traveling to see Dennise and her family in Moscow, ID.
She dearly loved her constant companion, Bichon Frise, Ozzie.
Elinor is survived by her daughter, Katie (Steve) Loessberg; son, John (Jennifer) Pinczes; son-in-law, Mark Stannard; grandchildren, Hannah (Dillan) Haugland, Dennis Pinczes, Casey (Brian) Bennett, Alec Stannard, and Mac Stannard; and great-grandchildren,
Emily Bennett and Layten Stannard; sister, Ethie Brothwell; brother, Richard (Linda Miller) Harvey; sisters-in-law, Marcene and Sharon Harvey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John T. Pinczes; daughter, Dennise; sisters, Frances Lee, Wally Pinczes, Betty Gates, Freda Inlow, and Doris Ward; and brothers, Sonny, Sam, and Tom Harvey.
Mom’s challenges are gone and she’s rejoicing in heaven with family and friends. “A hey and a hi dee ho!”...
"...The first story from homemade to hardcover, One Hundred Hungry Ants, was written for the 100th day of school celebration. Katie, my daughter/teacher with a math option, needed a story about 100. I had just finished Casey's book about cowboy/ants and
aphid/cattle. Ants seemed perfect. Bugs fascinate children and march by the hundreds to most picnics. The lively verses, which teach division, were successfully tested on a number of elementary classes before submission. The teachers showed great
enthusiasm for a new concept--picture book mathematics as opposed to stale text books."
"One hundred ants try to organize themselves in groups as they hungrily head to a picnic: two lines of 50; four of 25? Their efforts take so long they miss the meal, but readers will enjoy the humor!"
Pirate Walks the Plank, Animal Tales, 1992.
One Hundred Hungry Ants, illustrated by Bonnie MacKain, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1993.
A Remainder of One, illustrated by MacKain, Houghton, 1995.
Arctic Fives Arrive, illustrated by Holly Berry, Houghton, 1996.
Inchworm and a Half, illustrated by Randall Enos, Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
My Full Moon is Square, illustrated by Randall Enos, Houghton Mifflin, 2002.