Elaine May Weirather, born March 26, 1926, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, of natural causes. She was 86 years old, a 50 year resident of La Jolla, and was a native San Diegan, having been born and living her entire life in San Diego County. Daddy Ross Fenn and mother, Doris, raised Elaine and her brother, Roy, in San Diego where she graduated from Helix High School in 1944. In her late teens, she enjoyed working as an "elevator girl" at the El Cortez Hotel, where her biggest brush with fame was meeting Harpo Marx.
She met her husband, Hal, the love of her life, on a blind date in 1946 and they were married soon after. Early life was blissfully spent on the shores of Mission Bay, where they rented a cottage so close "we could open the gate and walk out onto the beach." After the birth of their first child, Donna, the family moved out to Lemon Grove, and the family welcomed a second child, Edward. Once the children began school, Elaine started working at General Dynamics, where she stayed for the next 10 years. Eventually, they moved to La Jolla and were blessed with the birth of their youngest child, Michael, who is the only surviving member of the family. Michael was Elaine's sole caregiver and faithfully cared for his mother, serving as her constant companion to the very end.
Elaine and Hal traveled as much as possible during the summertime (Hal was a school teacher with summers "off") and they visited Hawaii, camped on the beaches at Cabo San Lucas when it really was remote, and went to New Zealand, where they loved it so much, they considered moving there and opening a Bed and Breakfast! They also went to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, since both enjoyed sports so much. In later years, Elaine and son Michael traveled, going to Scotland and Ireland. During her life, Elaine enjoyed a variety of activities; she loved playing card games, "hunting for bargains" at garage and church sales, and kept active by playing tennis. She had a big heart and dearly loved animals, especially her dogs, Charlie, Sherlock and Amber. Her last trip, in November of 2008, was to Israel, which was a place she wanted to be sure to visit before she died - and she got there! Great memories were made and food and wine enjoyed.
Elaine will be laid to rest in a private ceremony next to Hal, her husband of over 40 years, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Elaine, we really miss you. Thank you for all that you did. You were a truly generous woman, quick with the "one-liners", and full of stories that you loved to tell and we loved to hear. God Bless You.