Elaine was born on February 25, 1928 in Hays, Kansas to Ernest and Anna (Spilker) Hamburg. She grew up on a farm outside of Ellis with her parents and two brothers, Marvin and Clifford. She moved to Denver to attend business school and work, returned and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Denver and Dodge City, before moving to Salina to teach. There she met Lee Gillmore, marrying him on January 29, 1961. This year they celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Survivors include her husband, Lee; daughters, Mary Genz (Keith) from Basehor, Kansas, and Donna Leeper (Chris) from Olathe, Kansas; three grandchildren, Nick Genz, Megan Leeper, and Ryan Leeper (Rachael Duden); two step-grandchildren, Amber Espy (Jeremy) and Brad Genz; and two step-great-grandchildren, Bailey Farris (Kaleb) and Adam Espy.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 7th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio Street, Salina, Kansas.
Funeral service will be Thursday, November 7th at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kansas.
Memorials may be given in Elaine’s name to Hospice of Salina or the Salina Presbyterian Manor, sent in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home.