Elaine DeVinna Crane Baird
All California Cremation
660 Vella Road
Palm Springs, CA
Elaine DeVinna Crane Baird

Elaine died peacefully in her Palm Springs home at the age of 100 years and seven months, surrounded by the love of her family and friends on November 17, 2020. Born Leona Elaine Winona DeVinna in Pocatello, Idaho, she was the fifth child and only daughter born to Lorena and Edgar DeVinna.

Professional life brought Elaine to Hollywood as one of the original "Goldwyn Girls," working with Danny Kaye in Up in Arms. She acted in countless westerns, where she exhibited her equestrian talents, including Six Gun Serenade, Trails End, and Campus Honeymoon, where she met her husband, actor Richard Crane. They had two daughters, Susan Crane, and Katherine Crane Hastings (Michael). Richard preceded Elaine in death in 1969.

Moving out of "the business," Elaine then applied her keen eye for fashion and worked in management with Bullocks Federated. Having retired from that years later, she was then re-hired to open the Bullocks Palm Desert store where she met her future husband, Lloyd Baird. Elaine also was a proud volunteer at Desert Regional Hospital up until her early 90's. She loved to travel, and would often surprise her grandchildren with soaps, lotions, shampoos, etc. from the various hotels she stayed in hidden in the pockets of clothing.

Although failing in health, nothing stopped her from exercising her right to vote and she proudly cast her ballot this November as she took pride in her civic knowledge. She will be remembered for her style, grace, and quick wit, along with her mantra of "always be kind, you never know what someone else is going through."

Elaine was preceded in death by husband, Lloyd. Along with her two daughters and son-in-law, Elaine is survived by three grandchildren: Allison Hastings Knowles (Travis), Lauren Hastings Ciulla (Peter), and Jonathan Hastings, and five great-grandchildren: Abby, Owen, Richard, Natalia, and Hazel.

Per her request, there will be no services. As Elaine often said, "everything's cool!"

Published by The Desert Sun from Nov. 20 to Nov. 29, 2020.
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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
November 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Her smile could light up a room ... what a beautiful woman Elaine was ♥Heaven got a beauty for sure
Leslie and Ken Smith
November 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Those who knew Elaine, know what a great presence she was on this earth. She will always be fondly remembered & missed! May our love bring you comfort at this time.
Mixel Ventura
November 22, 2020
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