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I learned this afternoon that Elaine passed away on 26 May 2020.  She was cremated on 5 June.  I believe she would have been 78. 

Long time members will know that Elaine's health had suffered recently as a result of diabetes.  Her heart had been damaged and finally gave out.  

There is to be a memorial service at Great Northern Gardens at Deception Bay in 6 - 8 weeks.  I asked to be advised when the date was set.  

The site has been much quieter since she got ill and stopped posting.  She and her considerable knowledge will be greatly missed. She was one of the originals on the site. 

Vale Elaine.  

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Comment by Susan on June 28, 2020 at 11:08

I too had been wondering about her absence.   Sad news.  

Comment by Roger Clark on June 22, 2020 at 18:13

Like wise I am very sad to hear the news about Elaine. She was always engaging at garden visits, and her contributions via the website were insightful and interesting. I will miss her contributions, she always wanted to come to my place on a garden visit but sadly she was never able to make it. Rest in peace Elaine we shall miss you. 

Comment by Sid Saghe on June 22, 2020 at 14:30
Oh how sad - Elaine was very helpful and pleased when I took some of her figs and beds to clear space for her to sell. I didn't know her long or well but she seemed full of love and generous as well.

Vale Elaine.
Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 22, 2020 at 11:27

Very sad new, I had been emailing her on & off for a while and recently told Christa I was concerned I was not getting any replies, now my questions have been answered.

Elaine was always there to steer us in the right direction if we went wrong and she was one of the first to try new ideas in gardening practices, I am sure she will be sadly missed. If there is a Heaven than she will be up there showing them all how it is done & telling them to pull it out if it doesn't perform in a reasonable time & plant something else.

May You Rest in Peace, Elaine

Comment by Dave Riley on June 21, 2020 at 23:32

Oh what a tragedy.

Always sharply engaged here with so much knowledge to share.

I was missing her relentless presence since her posts fell silent. And her's and Elaine's garden was a very real project based on what she stood for and aspired to.

I really did learn so much from her and valued her no-nonsense attitude both online and off. She was always generous and open. Elaine was, for me, an inspiration who was always pushing the possibilities because she was restlessly inquiring.

Vale Elaine de Saxe.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 21, 2020 at 21:38

The other Elaine is 87 now.  She is indeed still alive.  I asked her daughter how she was coping with Elaine's passing.  She has dementia so she isn't mourning.  I guess it's a blessing in disguise.  I also telephoned Lissa to let her know this afternoon as well.  I didn't realise you were friends, or I would have called you before doing this post. 

Comment by Christa on June 21, 2020 at 21:16

Very sad news Andrew, I knew she was not well, but in her own words she said she was an old broiler. We will miss her and her advice and down to earth knowledge.   Do you know if her partner is still alive?  

Lissa and I were wondering how she was going not long ago.  We will miss her. 

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