Friends and fellow Extension Homemakers Charlotte Brown and Julia Webster wanted to throw Elaine a party for everything she has done for the Homemakers and the rest of Trigg County. The two were not surprised, however, when their friend — of whom they said ‘selfless’ was an inadequate word to describe her — refused.
“Send me a card,” she told them.
“She is just the most giving person I’ve ever met,” Brown said.
“Ever,” reiterated Webster.
The two recalled several projects Elaine labored on over the years — helping with the farmer’s market, giving nutritional advice to seniors at the senior center and students at the schools, coordinating a large hospital fundraiser in the 1980s.
“She’s done so much,” Webster said. “She spent hours that were not on her time schedule.”
Not only did she do so much for the county, Brown and Webster said, but she was forever driving to and from her home in Princeton to make it all possible.
“She didn’t have the time, she took the time,” Webster said. “It was all because she wanted to.”
Not only did she lend services and advice to so many groups in the county, but she was also only a phone call away to give advice to individuals.
“You didn’t have to be a Homemaker for her to help you,” Brown said.
Webster recalled an instance just a month ago when she was having a hard time re-sewing a jacket liner. As she’d done so many times before, she called her friend Elaine for help.
Elaine did some research, printed out a how-to page and drove to Webster’s house to see the project through.
“Nothing was too small for her to help you with,” Webster said. “I don’t know how she did it and had a family.”
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