Mekale Kaylynn Elliott, "Sweet Mekale" passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. She was born to Carl and Martha Buchanan on November 30, 1952 in Amarillo, TX.
Mekale moved with her family to Bakersfield, CA in 1961, where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was a proud graduate of West High School in 1971. Immediately following high school, she began her path to a 40 year career as an escrow officer.
Family and friends were a large part of Mekale's life. She was always the life of the party and made everyone around her happier. In 1993, she received her first and only child, Austin: her "Miracle on 34th St." Primarily acting as a single parent, the bond between the two was remarkable and one full of love. For many years Mekale and Austin took yearly vacations to Morro Bay to celebrate his birthday. That was something they both looked forward to all year long. At age 7, Austin became interested in hockey. After playing recreational hockey, he began playing for the Bakersfield Dragons travel hockey team. Mekale enjoyed attending every game whether in town or not, yelling at the top of her lungs and banging on the glass in support of her boy. She always told Austin, "I will always be your biggest fan." And she still is.
Mekale was predeceased by her father, Carl Buchanan Jr. and mother, Martha.
She is survived by her son, Austin Thomason; daughter-in-law Kimberly; sisters, Gini Buchanan and Judy Walker (Alan); brothers, Nick Buchanan (Dao) and Mike Buchanan. She also leaves behind several loving relatives and friends.
There will be a public viewing from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Funeral Services will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Church. A graveside burial will immediately follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
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