After a trying battle with Parkinson’s disease, September 20, 2019 was the long awaited day Elaine Gurr Tasker happily reunited with her sweetheart. Elaine was born in Springville, Utah July 17, 1935, daughter of Wallace R. Gurr and Lottie Giles.
Elaine grew up in Springville, where she met Bob Tasker, who she later married February 14, 1953. Together they moved to Santaquin where they lived for almost 60 years and raised their family.
They were blessed with five children: Fred (Nancy) Tasker, Sutherland, Utah, Michael (JoLynn) Tasker, Mona, Utah, Jill (Craig) Holt, Spanish Fork, Utah, Bill (Deborah) Tasker, Salem Utah, Lynn (Craig) York, Santaquin, Utah.
Throughout her life, Elaine was known to be a hard worker. Not only did she work hard but she maintained the reputation of be highly efficient at anything she attempted. At the age of 16 her hard work ethics sprouted with an after school job at her hometown bowling alley. Her proficiency carried over into: picking fruit for local farmers, seamstress for Barbizon, sales clerk at Christensen Department store, and recorder for Santaquin City, all of which she gained lasting and dear friendships and admirable respect for her competency, quick wit, and fun personality. Much of her spare time was given in service to the community. She served in the Firemen’s Auxiliary, managed the city park snack shack, and organized and managed Santaquin City Easter egg hunts.
Elaine was an excellent seamstress, baker and cook. She enjoyed serving and sharing her talents with family and friends. It was important to her that delicious meals and tasty treats were provided for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren anytime they visited. She, with the help of her daughter Lynn, threw over-the-top family and holiday parties, not to be matched by anyone anywhere. Elaine loved the outdoors, especially at the family property in Nephi Canyon. There she spoiled all who visited with a beautiful camp ground, great food and the best of times.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Afton Maag, brother Wayne Gurr, daughter-in-law Robyn Tasker, grandchildren: Angie Tasker, Joni Holt, and Kyson Holt, and her great grandchildren Millie Taylor and Shelly Taylor. Elaine truly impacted lives for the good and will dearly be missed. Ice cream treats, especially root beer floats, Creamies and Blizzards from the DQ just won’t be the same without her.
The Tasker family sends their deepest appreciation to all the loving employees at Seasons in Santaquin, as well as for Paige Steele with Horizon Health Care for the excellent care provided to Elaine, with an extra thank you to those that claimed Elaine was their favorite.
Graveside funeral services will be held at the Santaquin City Cemetery at 100 East 300 South, Thursday, September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
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