Ella May Elmore Haines, 92, of Sorrento, Florida, passed away on July 1, 2018. Ella was born in St. Joseph, Missouri to Homer and Hattie Boyer on June 9, 1926. An avid fan of crocheting, Ella was known for keeping her needles moving and clicking, “All day, every day!” She would make afghans for every cause and occasion, particularly for children’s hospitals, the Shiners, and anyone who would take one. Ella had a true pioneering spirit, as she raised her three sons on a ranch in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota. She was always independent, took life as it came and pain on the chin – just an incredibly strong lady. Living out in this part of the country required steel resolve, ingenuity and an innate sense of frugality on her part that carried over even into the later years of Ella’s life. She and Jake loved to travel to visit relatives and with their camping club in their first RV, an AirStream trailer, affectionately known as their Tin Teepee.
She was active in P of H Grange organization, Eastern Star, National Camping Travelers, and the Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and Ft. Myers, Florida.
She is predeceased by her first husband, Walter Jacob Elmore (Jake), and second husband William A. Haines; her parents, Hattie and Homer Boyer; and her younger brother, Jo Henry Boyer.
She is survived by her three children Dennis Elmore, his wife Priscilla, and their children, Scott and Nicole (Skip) Sprague, and great grandchildren Ella Anne and Jason Patrick.
Monte Elmore, his wife Rebecca, and their children Melissa and husband Steve Mohr, and Alysia and her husband Jake Foley and their children Jackson and Kaisen.
Jeff Elmore, his wife Mary, and their children Meredith Elmore and Karen (Daniel) Graham and great-grandson Bennett Graham.
A service for Ella will be held on August 31, 2018, at 2:00pm at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.
20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis, SD 57785