Elaine loved playing sports and riding dirt bike. Her teenage summers were spent at Red Rock Bible Camp, Man. Elaine earned a BEd from University of Winnipeg in 1988, and a diploma in teaching the hearing impaired from University of B.C. in 1990. She received medals for her achievements in piano. For one and a half years before her illness made it too difficult to continue, she taught at the Manitoba School for the Deaf in Winnipeg. As her mobility decreased, increasing visits from friends became a great source of pleasure. Elaine remained as active in her children’s lives as possible, enjoying movie nights and snuggles. She moved to Rest Haven nursing home in 2011.