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ELAINE SAUNDERS Beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Elaine Elinor Saunders, born Nov. 10, 1923, in Pomona, Calif., passed away peacefully Aug. 18, 2010, at her home with family, after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, of 61 years, Fiske Chapin Saunders. She is survived by her son, Lynne Saunders of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Melinda West of Hemet, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Mari T. Saunders; four grandchildren, Kelly Hein (Brian), Meagan Trevizo (Gregg), Nicole Haithcock (Shane) and Eric Flourie; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Jordon, Auston, Dalton, Julian, Isabel, Alexis and Caston; niece, Roxanne Thornton; and nephew, Dennis Page (Marcy). After raising their children in Claremont, Calif., from 1956 to 1964, Elaine and Fiske quenched their thirst for adventure by immigrating to Eltham, Australia, in 1964, and opened the Hilltop Market (soon known as the "Yank's Place") popular for their American hamburgers and "25 flavors of ice cream." Their son and his wife accompanied them on this journey, while their daughter remained to further her education at San Diego State. Lynne and his family returned to California in 1968. Had it not been for their children living in California, they surely would have stayed. They loved their work, the property they named Soboba, and the many remarkable friends made there. Returning to the United States (Orange County, Calif.) in 1979, they began managing large apartment complexes in the Los Angeles area. In 1983, they began working for the Santa Catalina Conservancy Company, care taking the William Wrigley Jr. estate on Catalina Island and remained for the next 10 years. Retiring from this extraordinary and happy experience, they located in Summerlin in Las Vegas, in 1993. Elaine enjoyed volunteering for the Del Webb Security Patrol and was very active with the Spring Mountain Republican Women. After Fiske's death, she added volunteer duties at Mountain View Hospital. After a difficult recovery from a hip replacement, she moved to Sunwest Village, Hemet, Calif., in 2007, to be closer to her daughter, Melinda, and son, Lynne. Elaine's family and friends were blessed with her cheerful attitude, quick wit, hallmark laugh and supportive friendship. She will remain in the hearts of us all. We know that Elaine's life has not ended, it has only changed. It continues forever in God's world, a place more beautiful than our words can describe. A memorial service will be held in December.

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