Elaine M. Sanford, 86, died Sept. 20, 2012.

She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Fillmore County, Minn., to Louis and Mahla (Grabau) Wondrasch. She went to college after graduating from high school in Minnesota to become a teacher. She was married to Arlo Sanford and together they had lived in Minnesota, California and for the last 53 years in Spokane, Wash. She was a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital and Southcrest Nursing Home; the last 10 years of employment was at Interlake with children.

She enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading, and was very active in community services and organizations. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a 50-year member of Salem Lutheran Church. She volunteered in her spare time at our Place Community Ministries, Meals on Wheels, the Union Gospel Mission, and Ogden Hall. She was also active with the Democratic Political Party.

She is survived by her brother, Dale Wondrasch in Spring Valley; son Gene Sanford (Nancey) of Spokane, their daughter Hannah; daughter Judy Carter of Spokane, her daughter Kimberly with three grandchildren, Amariah, Sebastian, Sofia and one great-grandson Kaden, all of Spokane; daughter Dr. Arlene Weimer (Harry), and their son, Joshua of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; son Lloyd Sanford of Spokane; daughter Nancy Kuester (Dr. Ed) and their children, Daniel, Nicolee, Annalise of Boulder, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Shirley of Spring Valley and her husband, Arlo of Spokane.