In memory of
Elayne Marquis December 21, 1925 - August 24, 2016 Born in NY, Elayne spent over 20 years married to Miami Beach doctor, Allan Kaplan, and raised four children. Her interest in travel, art and archaeology blossomed during those years and she began to educate herself in the arts, especially fine, ethnic and Pre-Columbian art. Elayne spent the next 40 years traveling to and doing research in Guatemala and is best known as author of Secrets in Stone: Yokes, Hachas and Palmas from Southern Mesoamerica, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1996, co-authored with world famous archaeologist Edwin Shook. Elayne moved to San Francisco in the 70's and immediately got involved in its art world, continuing a busy correspondence with art historians, archaelogists and dealers throughout the world. She continued her research and amassed an enormous archive of information and photographs of artifacts and was actively involved in her research until a few months before her death at age 90. Elayne's archive will go to the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, where it will be available for future scholars. Elayne was the last remaining child of Joseph and Rae Marquis, predeceased by Gordon and Harry Marquis and Evelyn Shey. She is survived by children Jarett, Ericka, Dava and Reed, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Elayne lived a life full of curiosity, learning, traveling, entertaining, making friends and enjoying her family. She often said "All things work out for the best if you just wait long enough". Elayne was proof of that. Elayne will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Mom – you made us who we are today. Thank you. You will reside in our hearts forever. We love you and miss you.
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