Elaine H. Pile died peacefully on July 18, 2016, one month short of her 96th birthday. She was born in Mandan, North Dakota on August 19, 1920. The oldest of four children, she was the valedictorian of her graduating class from Mandan High School. She attended North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC then – now NDSU) and earned a degree in home economics. She married Duane F Pile, M.D. (deceased 1984) and had seven children. She was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Order of the Eastern Star, and was actively involved with the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, the Medical Auxiliary of the Sonoma County Medical Association, Welfare League, Saturday Afternoon Club, Santa Rosa Garden Club, Symphony League and many other clubs and quilting guilds. She had a lifelong interest in education and outdoor activities. She moved to Santa Rosa in 1961 from North Dakota. Home and family dominated her life interests. She enjoyed sewing clothing for her children and later grandchildren, usually to celebrate seasonable events. She loved family travel and camping trips, which were no small feat with the family of seven children, two adults and sometimes pets. Her hobbies included activities with other people, especially bridge groups, notably playing bridge every week with her group of ” Poor Pitiful Widows”. She valued all of her friends and would always go out of her way to be helpful in their times of need. She had a meticulous garden, always resplendent with blooms and multiple birds, loved her pets, and in later life enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her travels would frequently include flights with her husband to Mexico and around the western part of the United States in his Bonanza airplane. Following his passing, she was able to visit Europe on two or three occasions as well as cruise to Alaska with friends. She is survived by seven children: Wendy McCalley, Mission Viejo; Dr. Douglas Pile, Healdsburg; Dr. Timothy Pile, Cloverdale; Laurie Pile, Santa Rosa; Greg Pile, Edgewood, WA; Randy Pile, PhD, San Clemente; and Amy Lanning, MA-Ed, Sedro Woolley, WA. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: (Kevin, Tracey, Catherine, Nathan, Timothy, Steve, Sky, Kimberly, Ginger, Megan, Michael and Douglas) and 15 great-grandchildren (Marin, Bennett, Stellan, Lochlan, Emily, Natalie, Stella, Evangeline, Cole, Addison, Athena, Zephyr, Olivia, Ellie and Nicole). She is also survived by her younger siblings Beverly Dahl, Shoreline, WA; Zoe Betts, Bonners Ferry, ID; and Dewey Dale Nelson, Las Vegas, NV. The family will be having a private celebration of her life at the coastal home that she and Duane built. The family requests that any donations be made in her name to the Welfare League of Santa Rosa (www.welfareleague.org) or to the Food Bank of the Redwoods (www.fbor.org).