That may well be all that appeared in the paper. There are Obituaries and there are "death notices". The newspaper PE is the Press Enterprise http://www.pe.com/http://www.pe.com/and they have an online Obituaries search back before 2002 and no result comes up for Eleanor or her husband.
The Obituary/death notice as put on OTI reads: Eleanor June (Kyllingstad) Holkestad (age) 81 (b.) Valley City, ND (d.) Sun City, CA, (obit/death notice appeared in) Press Enterprise, 2002-4-19 (volunteer who transcribed:) mts