On August 6, 2021, Roberta "Elaine" Menear, took her final journey home. She was born, January 23, 1957 to Fred and Dale Menear, in Santa Clara, CA. She was raised in North Sac. and Rio Linda with her parents, Marvin and Dale Roberts. She also spent time with her parents, Fred and Betty Menear, in Alviso, CA. Elaine was the second born of seven siblings, Judi, Tommy, Debbie, Marvin Jr., Freddie, Billy, and Jina. She was a mother of two, Jo Anna Lujan and Carson "Skip" La Follette Jr. She had six grandchildren, John-David Kessler, Haley, Carlos Jr, and Joshua Lujan, Carson III and Kaeson La Follette. She was Aunt Nanie to her countless nieces and nephews (blood or not) when they were little. Elaine was the one that was called on for support by many friend's and family's births, was the go to for problem solving (babies, cold remedies, do's and don'ts etiquette, Essay Critique, baking and cooking, just don't ask, "how do you spell," more than 1-2 times, she would say, "look it up in the dictionary"). She would take advantage if you were gullible, had plenty of jokes and wise cracks to tell, "devil got'cha" and "that's a hurts don't it" was amongst her favorite lines. She was famous among family and friends for her cooking and baking (especially her fried chicken and fudge). She proudly passed that love of baking to her only granddaughter, Haley and cooking to Kaeson. She could be counted on to remember EVERYONE's birthday and call you for a special Happy Birthday song. Her grandkids loved how special she made their birthdays (Choc Chip pancakes or Oatmeal, with faces on both), leaving them to say, "that's not how grandma makes it". She was also known for being a back seat driver, hot noser, juicy story teller and her pranks (in person and by phone). She loved a good laugh and would retell the worthy knee slappers as such! Her pride was her grandkids and all of their personalities (giving them a bad time or not). From dinosaurs and legos, WWF, lack of style, mealtime bloopers, rearranging of toe jokes, and SMELLY diapers. She encouraged them to follow their passion (even if it meant they were tone deaf, couldn't carry a tune, or on a guitar with only two strings). Once upon a time, she loved camping, the drive-ins (incl Jaws while attempting to eat pizza), and amusement parks (pre the watermelon event). She taught her kids how to make something out of nothing, bargain shopping (incl to love THE WOOLEY), no matter how diff our opinions, we always stick together, always be humble, and never forget where we came from. She loved her Good Day Sac, Fox 40 evening news, soaps, Rachel Ray, any cooking show, as well as reading The Sac Bee front to back and EVERY Obituary. A special thanks to her care team at Mercy San Juan for their support, as well as N. Sac Funeral home for their kindness, help, and patience. She will forever be remembered for taking her recipe of her banana nut bread secret with her and not sharing, as promised with Haley. As well as leaving Skip to deal with the Ostrich solo.
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