Elayne Madeline Self passed away peacefully on June 4, 2017 at the age of 91. Born to Art and Madeline Jensen, Elayne was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met and married the love of her life, Edward Self, in 1946. In 1948 Elayne, Ed and their infant daughter moved to California, and after spending time in Woodland and San Jose, they moved back to snow country to Endicott New York for three years. They came back to California in 1960 and settled in Los Gatos, where they raised four daughters. When Good Samaritan Hospital opened in 1965 Elayne found a wonderful opportunity to volunteer, where she served as Surgery Hostess once a week well into her late 70’s.
Drawn to the serene beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Elayne and Ed, along with four other couples, became the founding members of Las Cumbres, a unique and tight-knit mountain community focused on land preservation. In 1974 they sold their house in town and moved into a 14-foot trailer on the top of a high ridge and began the process of building their dream home. They remained living in the mountains since first moving to that tiny trailer, enjoying family, amazing views, sunsets, and wildlife.
Elayne had an immense love of travel and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to see much of the world, starting with their first trip to Japan in 1969. Elayne took the lead in travel decisions, and once they had their feet wet their usual itinerary would read, “meandering for a month,” with a preference for staying with locals in small towns. They visited over 30 countries, many multiple times, and their home was filled with memories of their travels. While those travels abroad brought her much joy, her favorite place was Maui, where she and Ed spent a month each year. She even named her cat Maui!
Elayne is survived by her husband of 71 years, Edward, daughters Eloise, Elizabeth, Emilie, and Evelyn, grandchildren, Pamela, Gary, Joshua, Jesse, Angela and Liana, and great granddaughter Alexis