Elaine was born Nov. 22, 1948, in Lewiston, Idaho. She is the daughter of the late Leslie and Elsie Heimgartner. She is the sister of Ida Marie Straw of Mountain Home and the late Robert Heimgartner.
Elaine has lived the past six years with her care providers, Jon and Isabella Volcan of Nampa, and previously with Jim and Susan Price of Boise.
Elaine enjoyed her many visits with her sister, Marie, and family. With Marie's supervision, Elaine traveled to New York, Hawaii, Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, McCall and many trips to visit family and friends.
She loved her sister very much and knew she would be spoiled when she came to visit. The special love between the sisters was obvious.
She participated in bowling and swimming in the Special Olympics for many years.
She enjoyed coloring, shopping, movies, crafts, Community Partnership Camp, traveling, and spending time with family.
She had a unique talent for remembering immediate families' birth dates.
She is survived by her sister, Ida Marie Straw of Mountain Home; sister-in-law, Beverly (Don) Breitenfeldt of Yakima, Wash.; nieces and nephews Connie (Kurt) Cox of Idaho Falls, Bryan (Anita) Straw of Mountain Home, Leslie (Tonya) Heimgartner, Jerrice (Ron) Elliott of Yakima, Wash., and Janice Heimgartner of Florida, and great-nieces and -nephews, Brandi, Robert, Chealsey, Corey, Jennifer, Rhondi and Amy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandmother Magdalena Zumhofe, brother, brother-in-law William Straw, and great-nephew Jeffery Straw.
A memorial and potluck in her honor will be held in Lewiston, Idaho, at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Elaine will always be remembered for her infectious smile and party spirit. "Damn-it!!!"
Donations in Elaine's memory can be sent to Idaho Special Olympics, 199 E. 52nd, Garden City, ID 83714.