Elaine Kay (Smith) Stevenson, 59, of Columbus, OH, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.
Elaine was born in Cleveland on February 21, 1959 and raised in Cuyahoga Falls. Preceding her in death was her father, Ronald W. Smith. She is survived by her mother, Barbara F. Ingram of Stow; siblings Eric W. Smith (Susan) of Akron; Karen E. Wohlers (Erick) of Springfield, MA; Kurt W. Smith of Idaho Springs, CO; beloved nieces Rachel McGowan (John) of Uniontown and Courtney Ann Smith of Akron; nephews Dyllan and Mitchell Smith of Idaho Springs, CO; and many friends and relatives. Elaine will be remembered for her kindness and gentle spirit. She was a dedicated, loving, and proud Aunt to Rachel and Courtney, and loved to attend their religious and academic events. She was an excellent cook and loved gathering with her family during the holidays, especially making Seafood Risotto with her nieces for the celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. She loved animals and the many pets she cared for throughout her lifetime.
Elaine graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School; received a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Capital University Law School, where she was on the Dean’s List and a member of Beta Court of The Order of the Curia. Elaine dedicated her 20-year legal career to the State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR) as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and, additionally, later served as ALJ and Staff Attorney to the State Employment Relations Board (SERB). As an ALJ she conducted hearings, rendered decisions, provided legal advice to the Board, wrote Board Opinions, and worked closely with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Elaine’s knowledge of Ohio’s public-sector employment laws, understanding of administrative procedures, unsurpassed writing skills and historical knowledge of the agency were invaluable to both SERB and SPBR. Elaine had a great legal mind, which in concert with her attention to detail, allowed her to wear many hats as a valued member of the SERB team. In addition to carrying a full case docket, she served as Administrator of SERB’s Business and Records Office, where she provided fiscal oversight, worked closely with the Office of Budget and Management to prepare SERB’s biennial budget, coordinated audits with the State Auditor’s Office, and oversaw public records requests and records retention. Elaine was also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of legal professionals. She worked closely with Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, on an annual basis, to acquire and supervise Legal Interns and worked diligently to provide them with a meaningful and well-rounded experience.
Elaine’s colleagues, some of whom worked with her for 20 years, remember her not only as a distinguished practitioner of the law, but also as a cherished friend whose presence is deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life honoring Elaine Kay Stevenson will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Dublin Presbyterian Church, 5775 Dublinshire Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017, with Rev. Jennifer Eastman Hinkle officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Elaine’s love of animals (especially cats), by making a donation in her memory to Cat Welfare Association, 741 Wetmore Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence.