She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayward Neal Mann, in 1972 and her sister, Thelma, in 1948 and brother, Elwood, in 2008.
Surrounded by family, Elaine slipped from this life into the arms of her friends and family who preceded her in death. After more than 46 years, she has been reunited with her sweetheart Gayward. They spent many happy years together and are now finally back with each other. Certainly their reunion was sweet. Elaine spent nearly 20 years serving in the temple and was an avid genealogist. We expect that she has helped dozens perhaps hundreds of people on both sides of the veil. Now that her ill health is no longer a barrier, she will no doubt continue her service.
She loved square dancing and participated in square dance clubs faithfully since she was a young woman at the University of Denver, where she danced in exhibitions at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Estes Park Barn in town and liked it very much. She tells the story that when she and her husband lived in Denver, that’s where she persuaded Gay to learn how to Square Dance. She convinced him to go to a Pot Luck Square Dance activity at the church where they were married. He went even though he said square dancing didn’t interest him and only attended to satisfy her. She promised Gay that they would go home after the potluck, but once the caller got them all into a large circle and taught some basic steps then put them in squares, Gay had the time of his life and could hardly wait until the following September to take lessons. They danced weekly or more and were favorites in their square dance clubs. They enjoyed square dancing all over California. Some of the clubs were the Barn Burners in Camarillo, the Bachelors ‘n Bachelorettes in Ventura, Grand Squares and the Outpost in Denver, Pi R Squares in Thousand Oaks, Jubileers, Alta Loma, The Mobile 8’s, Happy Squares in Semi Valley, Dudes ‘n’ Darlings in Ojai, Starliters in Point Hueneme, Marry Twirlers in Glendora, Ripsnorters in Camarillo, Trail Dusters in Woodland Hills, Road Runners in Santa Paula, T-Cup Chains and Square Hoppers in La Crescenta to name just a few. She also Round Danced with the club called Mission Rounds in Ventura and went to the International Dance Festival in Las Vegas and Dance-a-Rama in Salt Lake City. She earned the Crack Pot Badge, Rover Badge and the Sons of the Beaches for dancing on the beach or sand and many others.
They joined a square dance club in Oxnard called the Romping Stompers and held all the offices in the club as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President two times. They went to many parties and picnics in Ojai, had fun visiting other clubs stealing their banner so they would come visit their club to retrieve the banner, and many other activities. The couple always attended New Year’s Eve and Christmas parties with their square dance friends. Following Gay’s death, Elaine continued to dance faithfully in various square dance groups in California and later with the Mavericks in Utah. Elaine square danced for nearly 68 years.