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Elaine G. Mannes

03/06/1932 - 01/06/2018
Service Date: 01/13/2018
Service Time: 9:30 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona

Elaine Gibby Mannes, 85, passed away Jan. 6, 2018 at her home in Mesa, Arizona surrounded by family.  She had been fighting an 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born March 6, 1932 in Ogden, Utah to Adrian Gibby and Marjorie Allen. She was the oldest of 8 children, and as such, had many chores to do on her father’s turkey farm – something she never liked. She graduated from Weber High School in 1950 and soon after, took a job at Hill Air Force Base parking airplanes. Elaine married Bruce Mannes on April 9, 1955 and is a mother to 5 children.

The majority of her life was spent in South Dakota. First in Aberdeen, and then Sioux Falls. It was there that she started a business and raised her family. She relocated to Mesa, Arizona in 2008 to be closer to her children during her illness.

She was truly a woman ahead of her time. In 1963, she started her own Shaklee business that still continues today through her children. She was dedicated to helping people live their best lives. Through Shaklee, she was afforded many opportunities to travel the world, something she loved doing.

While she was a very successful business woman, Elaine will be remembered most for her kindness, her servant’s heart, her ability to always find the best in others, and her faith. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and as a member, she served her church and her community in many capacities. She was always generous with her time and willing to help those in need.

While an exciting mystery novel and a good pair of shoes was something she very much enjoyed, one of her greatest joys was becoming a grandmother. She had 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. All of whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Mannes; Her 5 children: Bruce (Carrie) Mannes, Carla Mannes, Dave (Lisa) Mannes, Sara (Shane) Buntrock, and Amy Mannes; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LDS Charities ( ldscharities.org.) or the Alzheimer’s Association ( Alz.org).

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Jim & Patti Jones, Angel Home Health Care, for all their love and support for Elaine.

Funeral services will be held at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201. The viewing will be held from 8:30 – 9:30 AM, followed by the funeral service at 9:30 AM.


  • Patty and John Thompson

    Dear Bruce and family, We are remembering you in our prayers as you grieve the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As you celebrate Elaine’s life, may you experience gratitude for all she was to you and many. May her peace be with you. In sympathy, Patty and John Thompson, Saskatoon, SK

  • Roger and Annette Pryor

    Our thoughts prayers 🙏and love to you and family during this difficult period of your life yet celebrating her fantastic life of service to others and God 💕💙🙏

  • We are so grateful for the life and contribution of Presidential & Lifetime Master Coordinator Elaine Mannes, one of our earliest Leaders who started in Shaklee 54 years ago, and who together with her husband Bruce created one of our largest and most successful businesses. We are fortunate to have such amazing stability, loyalty and consistency of leadership, and of a calibre that is unparalleled in our industry. Elaine Mannes is a beautiful, never to be forgotten example of that leadership, and the tremendous rewards that can come from simply helping people live their very best lives. Thank you, Elaine. Our deepest sympathies to Bruce and the entire Mannes family. xoxoxox

  • Jeff and Linda Pickles

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Mannes family. Although we did not know her personally, we know she must have been a wonderful mother because she raised an incredible family! We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of you.
    Love from the Pickles

  • Our deepest sympathy and love to all of Elaine’s family. She was an example to me.

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