Elaine James Homer
1939 - 2021
Larkin Sunset Gardens - Sandy
1950 East Dimple Dell Road
Sandy, UT
Elaine James Homer

1939 ~ 2021

Elaine James Homer of Draper, UT, gracefully passed away October 24, 2021, at the age of 81 after a lengthy decline due to vascular dementia, while surrounded by family. Always fond of fall time, she was born on November 16, 1939, in Salt Lake City, UT to Edwin James and Margaret Lange James, but grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. With her father as the Mayor and her love of quality, stylish clothing that she frequently made herself (4H winner at the state fair), she developed a reputation among her peers for being "cool" and aloof. She claimed she was just too shy to be all "bubbly".

Elaine branched out from her Wyoming roots by attending BYU in Provo, UT, graduating with a BA (Clothing & Textiles), joining her three other sisters as college graduates. While there she met an independent and self-assured classmate. She says she fell in love with Russ as they danced, side by side, and decided to join this ambitious Californian on whatever adventure would come their way. Married in the Logan Temple on March 29, 1963, they joined together in a partnership to last a lifetime. It may have seemed to some as if she worked in Dad's shadow but in reality, it was a life they created "side by side", Elaine doing her part in a partnership that raised five children in several states from coast to coast.

Living in Oakland, Concord, and Fresno CA, along with Houston TX, Redmond WA, and several years in Danbury CT, and even Frankfurt, Germany may have been well outside the comfort zone for this Wyoming girl, but Elaine didn't shy away from the inevitable opportunities to try new things, handle new challenges, and meet so many people. Eventually, Russ and Elaine came back West, settling in Sandy UT for life on Royal Lane. But they weren't done as they headed away from their lovely home to serve two LDS church missions.

Serving with Russ in the New York Rochester Mission as directors of the Hill Cumorah Visitor Center in Palmyra, NY gave her unique experiences leading tours and serving at the Mormon Handcart Historic Sites in Wyoming Mission on the high plains of Wyoming brought her back to the sagebrush and unforgiving winds of her childhood. No matter where she found herself Elaine was committed to serving in her church, whatever the calling. Whether leading music for Primary, playing the piano, teaching, leading the women in the Relief Society she blessed the lives of others not only with her faith and talents but her refined way of living life.

A great cook, she loved "entertaining", getting everyone together—always with the best table settings because "presentation is everything". Even in her final times with us, she loved nothing more than watching everyone at family parties, with all the noisy interactions and kids running around.

Even if she would have hesitated in choosing them intentionally, she didn't say "no" to hard things. Whether it was on church missions, or living in another country, speaking to elementary students or tourists as a long-time docent (14 years) at the LDS Church Museum of History and Art, meeting new people all over the US, or figuring out where to find a new dentist for her children after every move, she always gave these challenges the best of herself with grace, elegance, and always with a bit of class because, why not?

Elaine is survived by her husband of 58 years, J. Russell Homer, and her five children, Keith Homer (Kristin), Sheila Carroll (Stephen), Craig Homer (Gretchen), Brad Homer (Crystal), Janelle Blackham (Bren) along with 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren----also by her dear sisters Carol Lindsey and Marilee Vlam, preceded in death earlier this year by her eldest sister, Joan Dewey.

A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens on 10600 South 1950 East in Sandy, on Friday, October 29th, 6:00-8:00. With an extra viewing on Saturday, October 30th, (10:00-10:45), followed by a funeral service at 11:00. Interment will be after the service at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery 3401 South Highland Dr.


Published by Deseret News from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2021.
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I was Blessed to be able to come care for Elaine for a short time. She was a joy to sit and talk with, I enjoyed my time visiting with Russ and watching the love and care he showed his beautiful wife. My love with with Russ and the family
Mylinda Ellis
November 19, 2021
Dear Marilee I´m so sorry to see that you´ve said so long to two of your dear sisters. I remember you talking of them often. It seems they are wonderful lovely women as you are. Love to you my dear friend.
Sheryl Pearson
November 9, 2021
Russ, we are sorry to hear of your loss and our prayers are with you and your family. It is comforting to know the Plan of the Master and that we will be together again. Take care.
DaLane and Velma Turner
October 30, 2021
Russ, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Elaine. She was always such a gracious and lovely lady. I wish you the best as your mourn her passing, knowing that she is now free from the problems she faced in mortality. I think of you often, and am always grateful for the opportunity you gave me in the Printing Division. I will also never forget our experience in Chicago and driving home at a whirlwind speed after the tragedies of 9/11. May the Lord be with you and your family!
Craig Sedgwick
October 29, 2021
I hope you are having a wonderfully touching week as you mourn the loss of Elain, reflect on her life in preparation for her funeral and receive countless prayers and remembrances of those of us who love and admire her. Aunt Elain was not technically my aunt, but I benefited from her regal kindness as if we were connected by ancestors. She would encourage me by compliments. And they truly sunk in and made me want to be better. On multiple occasions, after her kind encouragement, she would say "you are going to be a bishop", which to many may have seemed like an odd way to compliment your niece´s husband, but to me it reflected her feelings for her experience while Russ served in that calling above all of the other assignments they received together. I personally thank her and you all for allowing me to be so affected by the James and Homer family. My love to each of you. Kevin Horn
Kevin Horn
October 28, 2021
Dear Russ and your entire family: my heart is sad upon hearing the news of Elaine's passing. She was always an exceptional person. I have many memories of her kindness and love. Please know you are all in my heart and prayers. With much love, Carol
Carol Bee
October 27, 2021
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