Elaine Annette Hagebush passed away surrounded by dear friends and loved ones on May 24th, 2018, in San Ramon, CA. Born February 28, 1967 in North Platte, NE, Elaine spent her early years in Gales Ferry, CT followed by several years in Nebraska. Eventually she moved to Southern, CA graduating from Garden Grove High School (85). There, she made many friends in the marching band and orchestra. She often spent summers hiking and camping California, and pursuing her passions of riding horses and reading. She worked in a library and later as an executive assistant at Knott’s Berry Farm where she distinguished herself as a member of the IT team that helped launch the Mall of America Amusement Park (MN).
Elaine kissed her frog who became her prince. On September 6th, 1992 she married David, her husband of over 25 years. David and “Lovie” were a ready-made family with Megan. They started their married life narrowly escaping the wrath of hurricane Iniki, Kauai, HI, but had a grand adventure to share. Not long after, they welcomed Rachel. Job changes took the family to San Jose from Placentia, CA. Once there, Elaine finished her Associate’s degree in English from West Valley College while pregnant with Christopher. A couple of years later, they ended up at their home in San Ramon, CA where the family thrived.
As a devoted mother Elaine was a prominent figure in her children’s education. She was often the lead room mom and twice a Girl Scout leader. She volunteered for many school activities, led crafts and worked in each school’s library. Elaine actively participated in National Charity League, traveled with San Ramon soccer teams and made many friends while attending SRVUMC (Methodist) women’s groups as well as bunco and book clubs. She deeply loved her children and was very proud of their many accomplishments including their successful marriages, Megan’s professional art, Rachel’s graduation from Sonoma State (SSU) and Chris’s Eagle Scout Award and SSU. She was so excited to meet her granddaughter, Emma.
Once Elaine found Close to My Heart (CTMH), her friends grew naturally. She created beautiful cards and scrapbooks to preserve many wonderful memories. She would stamp nearly anything, even her husband if given the opportunity. Through CTMH, she often entertained everyone with her ability to weave a tale. Each event brought more friends. Elaine regularly took ordinary occurrences of life and made them into fun tales. Some would have to leave the room before their sides split from laughter. When she wasn’t scrapbooking she was taking photos. Elaine used her many local excursions and visits with family to capture moments. She saw the importance of framing good times to reflect on later, especially when family is far away.
Whether it was sharing her crafting skills, crocheting an afghan, or sharing the fun of scrapbooking, she brought her gentle and loving talents to bear. Elaine was beautiful inside and out as she mixed her wit, charm and talent to earn a runner-up title in the Miss Garden Grove Pageant. She opened her home to many creatures and had a lifelong love of pets, like “Ellie Mae”. Elaine wrote for the San Ramon Patch and often shared her stories of a crowded home during the holidays where she lovingly burned the yams for luck, as a dozen pets scampered from the noise of fire alarms. Her love of pets and connections with social media friends from across the country led her to develop many warm and lasting friendships. She was truly a loyal friend, an affectionate mother and grandmother, a dedicated daughter, sister and an incredible wife. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, especially by those close to her who will be forever changed by her grace, humor and kindnesses.
Elaine is survived by husband David and son Christopher Hagebush, (CA) daughters and spouses: Megan and Cameron Krome (ID), Rachel and Matt Sandoval and granddaughter Emma (ID), mother, Cheryl Sellers (FL), father John and Carol Muirhead (ID), sister Brenda Muirhead (MO), and brother Shawn Muirhead (WA). Viewing to be held at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, Thursday June 7, 2018 from 5:00-8:00PM, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580 and a Celebration of life Sunday, June 10, 2018 at San Ramon United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94507 at 4:00PM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, C/O Love E https://bbrfoundation.donordrive.com/campaign/Love-E-Memorial and/or the Scott Shockley Foundation Inc., Marietta, GA 30068 or http://scottshockleyfoundation.com.