Elena J. Dameron
January 27, 1943 – January 28, 2022
Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Dameron. Survived by daughters: Teri Dameron (Burl), Roni Dameron (Ernest), and Becky Kegley (Roger). She was grandmother to nine; great-grandmother to eleven; aunt and niece to many; and she had several longtime friends.
VISITATION: Thursday, February 3rd from 4pmto 6pmfollowed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm, all at West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, February 4th at 11am at West Center Chapel. Interment: Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Elena Joyce Brewer was born to her parents, Laura (Galligo) and Freddie Brewer, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on January 27, 1943. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Dameron; mother; father; 5 brothers: Tommy, Richard, Willard “Fats”, Everett “Gabby”, and Frederick “Budger”; grandson, Kyle.
Elena was a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She and her mother arrived in Omaha in the early 1950s. Elena attended elementary school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Porcupine, South Dakota where she connected with her life-long friend, Barb (Toczek) Sears. She attended high school at Notre Dame Academy and graduated in 1961. Elena made many friends at Notre Dame Academy that became her lifelong friends.
A year later she met the man she would soon marry, Tom Dameron. The stunning pair married in October 1963 and had their first child, Teresa, in 1965. They bought their forever home in 1966 to accommodate their soon expanding family. Their family grew with two more daughters, Roni in 1967 and Becky in 1969.
As the years passed and her three girls became older, Elena decided to go back to school. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1986 and her Master’s Degree in 1989, both in Social Work at UNO. With her degrees she worked as a social worker for the State of Nebraska and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Winnebago Agency).
Tom and Elena enjoyed their retirement years traveling, taking cruises with friends and becoming grandparents and great-grandparents.
A special thank you to all her caregivers at DCI, your care is appreciated. Elena was known by friends and family for her great compassion and kindness. Our loss is immeasurable, and she will be missed dearly.