Elayne Gloria McManus
September 15, 1926 - November 29, 2020
Elayne McManus of Tacoma, age 94, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, November 29, 2020. She was surrounded by her family. Elayne was born September 15, 1926 in Page, North Dakota, the daughter of Burnette and Anna (Sorenson) Isaacson, she was the oldest of six children.
Elayne’s independent streak started when she was young. She quit school when she was in the 11th grade and as an 18 year old she decided to move out of her family’s house because there were too many kids, and promptly moved in with another family with less kids!
Elayne relocated to the Fargo, North Dakota area and it was in this period of time that she worked as a telephone operator and then as a sales clerk for DeLaundrecies department store, a job that she loved. Elayne met the love of her life one evening in a bar in Fargo. She and her and best friend Pat were sitting in the bar when a young man stopped in for a pack of cigarettes. Elayne took one look at him and turned to her friend and said I’m going to marry that man! On July 21, 1948 Elayne and Bob were married and they began a journey together that would last 71 years.
After being married, Elayne and Bob took up residence in a small trailer on the campus of North Dakota State University where he was a student. They began their family together with the arrival of their son Mike soon followed by twins Tom and Julie. Elayne had to quickly figure out how to manage a household of five people while her husband attended school and worked part time. She learned how to stretch a dollar while raising three kids and tending to a husband.
Little did Elayne know that she was about to begin her traveling career as the family moved from Fargo to Seattle as the result of Bob taking a job with Boeing upon graduation. While living in the Kirkland area, Elayne gave birth to her fourth child, Kelly. Soon after she was on the move again as Bob took a transfer to Wichita, Kansas. Elayne quickly decided that she preferred the green landscapes and mild climate of Seattle to the hot, humid, dusty confines of Kansas, and the occasional tornadoes were enough to send her over the edge. Elayne spent the next six years in Kansas where their fifth child Timothy was born. Elayne was glad for the opportunity to move back to the Seattle area with Bob in 1959 and in the next couple of years expanded the family by two with the births of her sixth child Casey and seventh child and second daughter Marianne.
Elayne became just as skilled a manager as her husband Bob as she dealt with running the daily affairs of a household that now supported nine people. At times a typical day would include early breakfast for her husband, then something for several in high school one in junior high a couple in elementary and one preschool age! Don’t forget the lunches and after school homework and dinner for nine!! And, oh yeah time to shop with several kids in tow to keep the cupboards stocked. When Bob retired in 1986 Elayne was ready to follow.
Elayne was always an incredible cook, but after the kids started leaving the house she expanded her skill set and took on gardening as well as decorating and refining her naturally instinctive artistic skills. All of her children have some of her art in their houses. Elayne traveled the continental United States with Bob as well as taking trips overseas to Ireland and Hawaii with her sister-in-law Catherine and brother-in-law Russ and family friends. She enjoyed the company of all as she shared her love and friendship with us and created everlasting memories.
After downsizing from their large house in Des Moines where they raised seven children, Elayne and Bob made stops in Longbranch, Grayland, and Kent, Washington before spending the last two decades in Huntington Park retirement community in Des Moines, Washington, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. She had just recently moved to Harbor View Adult Family Home assisted living facility in Tacoma, Washington.
Elayne was a kind and loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and will be forever in our hearts. The family would like to thank Franciscan Hospice as well as the staff of Harbor View Adult Family Home for their compassionate care and kindness.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents Burnette and Anna, sisters Ardis and Janet, and Brother Arnold. Elayne is survived by her seven children, Michael (Mary), Thomas (Kim), Julie Graf, Kelly, Timothy, Casey, Marianne (Jeff), her sisters Kathi (Alan) and Vicki, and brother in law Russ. Fourteen grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Molly, Jessica, Jill, John, Jacob, Katie, Darby, Delaney, Aaron, Kara, Meera Mac, and Jessi. Eight great grandchildren, Josie, Kinsley, Jameson, Olivia, Tristen, Mackenzie, Colton and Casey. And numerous nieces and nephews.
A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way. The service will be live streamed through face book via the parish web site. Go to www.stvincentparish.org and scroll down to Live Streamed Funerals on Friday December 18th @ 12:00 PM. Interment to follow at Tahoma National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Franciscan Hospice group or the charity of your choice in her name.
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