Funeral Details

Ivy Elkins

July 10, 1966 - June 23, 2024


Date and Time

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM


Shalom Memorial Park
1700 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Rabbi Eliyahu Rapoport


Chicago Jewish Funerals
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Following the interment until 8:30PM

Elkins Residence
800 Elgin Road, Unit 1510
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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Sunday 1-5:30PM
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Memorial Contributions

The EGFR Resisters


Ivy Elkins, Age 57. Loving wife of Ben Elkins. Devoted mother of Adam Elkins and Jared Elkins. Cherished daughter of Joan and the late Irwin Horowitz, Graveside service Tuesday 2PM at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the EGFR Resisters, To attend the funeral livestream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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As an EGFR resister, stage 4, Ivy was such an inspiration to me. She gave me hope to live. She made such an impact on so many people. Even though I never met her, I will never forget her. I will live my life in memory of Ivy.
To her husband, her sons and her family and friends, stay strong and LIVE!

Anne Walsh
June 24, 2024
Gary and I are so saddened to hear about Ivy's passing. You all should be proud of the valiant fight she fought. We send our heartfelt condolences to all of you.

Debbie Mills
June 24, 2024
Ivy your bright light of inspiration will continue to shine in all the places you touched. Thank you for making a difference for so many people. Your memory will be a blessing

With sympathy to your family

Terri Conneran
June 24, 2024
I first met Ivy as part of the D102 PTO and enjoyed working with her on the Pritchett Book Fair and other projects. Ivy’s beautify smile would always light up the room and bring joy to those around her. She was a phenomenal resource when a family member was also diagnosed with lung cancer. I will forever be grateful for having known Ivy. May her memory be a blessing.

Jodi Kearney
June 24, 2024
I first met Ivy as part of the D102 PTO and enjoyed working with her on the Pritchett Book Fair and other projects. Ivy’s beautify smile would always light up the room and bring joy to those around her. She was a phenomenal resource when a family member was also diagnosed with lung cancer. I will forever be grateful for having known Ivy. May her memory be a blessing.

Jodi Kearney
June 24, 2024
Dear Elkins family,

I hope that in this time of loss and mourning that you can find some solace in knowing that Ivy helped advance cancer research and give hope to millions of others battling cancer. I can tell you that her and Ben have deeply inspired me to work even harder at my own cancer research, and that your love as a family is incredible. Rely on each other and keep her flame alive.


Russell Rockne
June 24, 2024
Ivy was the first person I talked to after being diagnosed with the lung cancer. She talked to my husband and I for over an hour. She was so kind to take the time to chat and help us feel at ease and connected me with another survivor here in Oregon. Over the last 3 years we kept in touch via text. I am sad to hear this news and am sending my love and strength to her husband and sons. Ivy was already a blessing to SO many and may her neshama (soul) continue to be so.

Talia Brown
June 24, 2024
Ivy was my friend who will be sadly missed. We enjoyed many meals together in college, laughing and wondering aloud about what our later lives would possibly be like. I am glad she was able to impact so many people so positively in all the different ways along her journey. I carry forward the best of those moments that we were fortunate enough to share.

David Hohmann
June 24, 2024
My deepest condolences to you as you say goodbye to your wonderful mother, wife, and family member. Ivy has been a great help to me despite never meeting in person. She helped so many, including myself, by founding the EGFR resisters. She was always willing to share information and most recently shared articles with me as I was also starting a similar treatment as she was. Ivy’s memory and the work she did will never fade.

Malina Davies
June 24, 2024
On behalf of The Woman's Club of Evanston, where Ivy had been a member for the last few years, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family from all of us. Ivy was beloved by everyone who knew her, and we all wish we had known her longer. She was an inspiration.

Angela Valavanis, WCE President 2024-2025

Angela Valavanis
June 24, 2024
I never met Ivy personally, but as an EGFR stage 4, Ivy is the first person post diagnosis that gave me strength and hope. She made a big impact on me. My dearest condolences to her immediate family and friends. I will always remember her and never forget how strong she was.

catherine laplante
June 24, 2024
Ivy befriended me while we raised our kids at Congregation Beth Judea. She was caring and compassionate, nonjudgmental and inclusive, and she was always happy and optimistic. I never could understand how she could be so positive and happy all of the time; however, I admired her for it.

Sharon & Allen Harris

Sharon Harris
June 24, 2024
Such a loving and caring person. She will be missed

Craig Bealmear
June 24, 2024
The advocacy community mourns the loss of Ivy and her irreplaceable dedication to impacting the lives of those around her. May she rest in peace and may her family know that her legacy will live on through those to who she so generously shared her time and wisdom.

Courtney Granville
June 25, 2024
Nooooooo 😭 I’m so upset and sorry. Praying for you all. I had the pleasure of meeting Ivy back in 2017. She was a pioneer and a warrior and helped us navigate our dads lung cancer until he went to heaven in 2020. I am so upset about this news. Love you, Ivy Horowitz Elkins. You made an impact not only in my family’s life, but in SO many others. What a warrior, an amazing mother, wife, and person!

Christen Pena-Ariet Gjeldum
June 25, 2024
Ivy was an invaluable member of the ILCN (International Lung Cancer News) Editorial Board. She regularly attended our biweekly ZOOM meeting, radiating warmth, energy and concern and acting as a crucial patient voice as we debated which topics to cover. Her advocacy on behalf of the Lung Cancer Community was fierce and welcome. Without question, she was a true "tzaddika" a righteous individual and an inspiration to us all. She will be deeply missed by all of us at the ILCN and IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer). My condolences to her family. May her memory be for a blessing.

Corey Langer
June 25, 2024
My condolences to the Elkins and Horowitz family. Ivy was a true fighter in every sense of the word. I will miss her incredibly. May her memory be a blessing to all. BDE.

Larry Frydman
June 25, 2024
All my love to Ivy's family and friends. An amazing person with an amazing smile and laugh. She will be sorely missed. From a college friend.

Chad Henderson
June 25, 2024
I am a breast cancer advocate who met Ivy at AACR 2017 in Washington DC. We were in the Survivor<>Scientist program. I liked her so much that I went to AACR 2018 a day early in Chicago to see her speak at a relatively small lung cancer preconference meeting. She was surprised and seemed genuinely delighted that I was there. I met her family and we had some time together that day. I have a sweet funny memory of riding with her in her new car to the parking space she rented near the convention center plugging in the address to see if it would come up right and laughing. Just a snippet of life with a woman I truly liked and admired. I looked forward to seeing her at AACR. You did great Ivy! It was not a battle, it was what you had to do; and you did great! You and Ben raised great sons and you positively influenced so many lives. Rest peacefully. I will carry fond memories always.

Denise Barlow
June 25, 2024
Thinking of you and extending my deepest condolences to her family. Ivy was one of my favorite people at Princeton. She always had a smile on her face. I am so sorry for your loss.

Michelle Lee Weaver
June 25, 2024
God bless each of you, Benny Jarad and Adam!!

Elizabeth Jones
June 25, 2024
Oh, Ben, and Jared and Adam. I am so sorry for your loss. Ivy was such a light in my life, as we worked together at AMR Corporation and then started young families in Dallas. Jim & I spent many happy evenings with Ben and Ivy and then baby Adam. Ivy had such a generous, warm and fun loving spirit. She was honest and saw the humor in everything. While I doubt I can make the services, she will be remembered by me here in Central New York State. She made an impact and I am sure her love will follow you all the days of your lives. God bless.

Renée Foisy Kleiner
June 27, 2024