Elaine Meyer

Elaine Meyer PhotoElaine Meyer, 89 of Moscow passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 28 at Gritman Medical Center.   She was ready for a rest and decided to join her beloved Jim to celebrate his birthday!

Elaine was born April 6, 1926 in Omaha, NE to Dorothy and Robert Ellis .  She lost her mother when she was only 12 but grew up in her grandmother’ home where she was raised by her grandmother and aunt and other young women who boarded there. She loved being around all of the activity and social lives where there was always clothes and jewelry to share.    In her grandmother’s home she learned how to set a table, serve a meal graciously, and always wear the right shoes!

She attended Jackson School and Central High in Omaha. While working for Mutual Benefit (later Mutual of Omaha) as the librarian she met James Meyer who worked in the mail room.  She still had some of the “office memo” notes they passed back and forth through the office mail.   Jim left for the Marines in China and Japan for four years but they reconnected when he returned.  They married March 16, 1951.  They were married for 61 years.

In their early years of marriage they lived in Grand Island, NE and Idaho Springs, CO.    For a year they ran Jim’s parent’s cabin camp, the “40 and 6” near there.  While Jim worked nights at the television station in Denver, Elaine kept watch at the camp and packed a pistol…just in case.

In 1955 they moved to Grand Junction , CO where Elaine worked at the Pure Oil Co., and Jim at KREX Television.  They loved Western Colorado and Elaine quickly became  involved in Junior League of Women, Past Presidents Club, and at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Elaine and Jim had two children, Holly in 1960 and John in 1961.

With Grand Junction as home base, Jim’s career took the family to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Vietnam and England. Elaine loved the travel and experienced each new place to the fullest.  She made friends immediately, loved entertaining and became involved in every opportunity.  When asked recently if she ever felt nervous or unsafe living in Saigon in 1970, she said, “of course not, the people were lovely.”  War..?  What war..?

In 1975 they moved to Moscow, Id where Elaine worked at the Latah County Courthouse as a receptionist and then in the General Services office.  Later she joined Jim at the University of Idaho working in the College of Forestry.  As secretary in Forest Products, she worked closely with graduate students and became their “mom” as many of them were far from home.  She has kept in touch with many of them over the years.

The same year Elaine retired, daughter Holly and family moved to the area and Elaine and Jim began their second careers as cheerleaders for their four grandchildren.  They enjoyed every bit of it. One of her last big outings was to John’s Alley to watch her grandson Joe’s band.

In retirement Elaine was involved at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the U of I Retirees Association, her Friday morning  coffee group, Gritman Auxiliary, and Church  Women United.

After Jim’s passing in 2012, Elaine moved to Good Samaritan Village in Moscow where she continued to spread her friendly and gracious nature with her neighbors and the staff there.

Preceding her in death were son John in 1993 and husband Jim in 2012.

She is survived by daughter Holly (Jerry) Hein of Pullman, WA and four grandchildren, Adam (Montana) Benjamin, Joseph and Anna Hein.

There will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. A private committal service will be at the Moscow Cemetery prior.

Memorials can be sent to the Gritman Auxiliary  700 S. Main St. Moscow, ID 83843 or Boys Town, 200 Flanagan Blvd. Boys Town, NE. 68010.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net





5 Responses to Elaine Meyer

  1. Greg and Cindy Spratlen says:

    Elaine will be so greatly missed, she was such a kind gentle person with a big heart for everyone. We will miss her humor and those funny emails each day! Our prayers to her family.
    Greg and Cindy

  2. Hilma Bloomsburg says:

    It was my privilege to spend as many hours with Elaine (and Jim) as I did. Her appearance was always striking. She had a very special rapport with the students and she was there to encourage the professors as they tackled different projects. She initiated birthday parties and pot lucks in the lab for special occasions. Everyone loved it when she took a cake decorating class and shared her home work. She caused a few comments when she dressed as an “accident’ on Halloween. Another time she went as Bonnie and I went as Clyde. Fun times and she was so pleasant to be around. She had a way of making friends with everyone. She had a sparkle about her personality that will always be remembered. I am so glad she has been a part of my life.

  3. Hilma Bloomsburg says:

    Very touching service today.

  4. Debi Dockins says:

    I am sorry that I was out of town for Elaine’s Memorial Service. She was a lovely lady, so gracious and with a quick sense of humor. We laughed together often when she was an active member of the Gritman Medical Center Auxiliary. She and Jim both contributed many hours of their time, their talents and their joy for life at the hospital. Many times they came to our annual luncheon and I have several sweet pictures of them together. In later years, after Jim passed, Elaine was always surrounded by friends at the luncheon for her pictures. She also was an avid supporter of the Auxiliary, especially their Holiday Delights event, and brought her daughter and granddaughter. As frail as Elaine was, she was a fighter and I never heard her complain – she was always a positive light at the hospital and in my life. I’ll miss her and appreciate all of the fond memories I have of both her and Jim. (I still have Jim’s picture on my office door – surrounded by Junior Volunteers!) We miss Jim, and now we’ll miss Elaine, too. I’m glad they are together again.

  5. Frank Sutman says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I was one of those forest products students that Elaine was “mom” to back in the early 1980s. We considered her our “den mother”. She always had an encouraging word and a bright smile to help out students, some of whom were thousands of miles from home. She certainly was a guiding influence in developing and keeping a sense of community in our small department. We’ve always kept in touch since. Elaine was such a great person…just a wonderful human being.

Share Your Condolences:

Your email address will not be published.

To bypass our SPAM filters, please complete this simple math problem. *