ELAM, Donette L. 'Nana'
Beloved wife of 55 years to Butch Elam. Passed away on February 1, 2013 at the age 70. She is survived by her children, Tammy, Tai Anne, Paul, Traci, and Terrie. She leaves behind 23 granchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren. She will also be missed by her 4 babies, Chloe, Willie, Zoey, and Star.
Nana was born and raised in Sacramento where she continued to reside with her husband until her passing. Her love for her family was eternal and unbreakable. She maintained a joyful, stubborn, and strong willed passion for life. Nana was an avid gardener, traveler, camper and homemaker. She loved sightseeing, socializing and spending time with her grandchildren. Butch 'Papa' Elam, and their babies, will continue to travel in the memory of his adored wife. All those who knew Donette love her and she will be greatly missed. Her life will be celebrated by her family this spring at the family's home.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 10, 2013