Elaine Carija entered peacefully into rest at her San Lorenzo home on October 9, 2016. She was 86 years old.
Born in Oakland on March 13, 1930 to Christopher and Olivia Smith, Elaine was a devoted mother and grandmother. She took great pride in her family and willingly stepped in to care for each generation. Elaine was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Raiders, A’s and the Warriors. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards with her grandchildren and spending time with her loved ones. Elaine was treasured by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her children, Christine McCutcheon, Michael Carija and Nicholas Carija; grandchildren, Stephen, Cherie, Scott, Amber, Amanda and Mackenzie; greatgrandchildren, Emma, Nora, Bryan, Adara and Ricky; many cherished extended family and friends.
Elaine was preceded by her beloved husband of 58 years, John Paul Carija in 2007.
Visitation will be 1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Funeral services begin at 3 pm. Elaine will be laid to rest at 11:30 am on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at San Joaquin National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Rd., Gustine.