Elaine Iyama

February 2, 1952November 5, 2020

Elaine Iyama was born on February 2, 1952 and passed away on November 5, 2020 and is under the care of Willow Glen Funeral Home.

Memorial Service (Private) will be held on November 28, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Order of Service: Opening Words, Scripture Reading - Psalm 23, Opening Prayer, Eulogy, Memories of Elaine, Celebration of Life Video, Meditation, Prayer - I Am Free, Closing Prayer, Words of Appreciation



  • Memorial Service (Private)

    Saturday, November 28, 2020


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Laura Kobayashi

November 29, 2020

We all knew how dedicated Elaine was to her family. She had a ready smile and a cheerful greeting for everyone. When we were young, we looked forward to the parties at their house. The food was always good and everyone had fun. Most of us have forgotten that she was a master at the hula hoop. I could barely keep it going for a few seconds but she could effortlessly keep it moving around her waist. This is how I will remember her-- smiling, having fun and winning at the same time.

Elaine has touched so many of our lives. We will not forget her.


Peggy Brown

November 28, 2020

I grew up sharing many family events with Elaine. While I was in my 20s, I was fortunate to get to know her better as she came to the salon to get her hair done. I looked forward to those appointments. I will always remember her humorous, gentle and supportive ways. We will miss her.
Peggy Brown and family

Lyn Garrett

November 28, 2020

I worked with Elaine for 8 years, and the thing I knew the most about her was her love and devotion to her family. She always spoke of you all, and shared photos from special moments. She was so happy and proud to be a daughter, sister, auntie. She was a very kind, empathetic, caring person who will be missed. With deepest sympathy, Lyn Garrett

William Winter

November 28, 2020

Elaine, You will be missed!

Elaine and I worked together at Good Sam Hospital. Often I would stay at work and Elaine and I would talk while we were working. During work, it was always "Who left Elaine unsupervised?!?" whenever we didn't know where she was. One of my fondest memories of Elaine were talking about where we were in the 89 Earthquake. She was at work, I was in Germany.

She was very devoted to caring for her mother and we would always ask how she was doing. Elaine was tireless and would always tell us the latest thing about her mom.

To Elaine's family. Please take comfort knowing she is in a better place and at peace.

Bill Winter

Gina Flores

November 28, 2020

Our time in knowing each other in this life was very short. I'm blessed for having knowing you for the time I did. Thanks for your professional expertise and counsel during the time of my accident last year. Your love, care and concern touched me as you took my call at 4 AM. May you rest well and I hope to see you on the other side. God bless you and keep you.

Gina Flores

Michael Fujita

November 28, 2020

I can remember as a youngster (Elaine and I are 1st cousins >> her dad & my mom) having big Iyama family get togethers at their house and there was always so much laughter, food, and so many cousins!! Those are memories I'll never forget. I put my faith in God that there was a reason he called her back and I know she's at peace with Kenny and Uncle Harvey.

Sending my deepest condolences to the Iyama family at this very difficult time.


Stephanie Wong

November 23, 2020

for Elaine's Family and Friends,
I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of you. My hope is you are finding comfort and peace in all the shared memories of Elaine.
I have been trying for the past weeks to make sense of losing Elaine and finding the adequate words and thoughts that honor and celebrate the life of your daughter, sister, sister in law, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. These are memories of Elaine that I loved in the form of JEOPARDY!
ANATOMY, circa 1972
In an Anatomy class at SJSU, the Professor would often demonstrate the "Anatomical" position, while most of us were
crushing on him, this nursing student was busy taking notes, referring to her textbook, and making sure she spelled every muscle correctly.
QUESTION: Who was the Brillant Elaine?
While most of us in college had at least one loser boyfriend, this nursing student dated a PreMed student from: Hello...STANFORD!
QUESTION: Who was the Beloved Elaine?
*This medical student became a physician and up until a few years ago still asks about Elaine.
She was a fierce tennis player with a bold swing, but it was the killer hot pants she wore with her butt cheeks hanging out that was the real winner in the Land of Enchantment.
QUESTION; Who was the very hot Elaine?
*Elaine fulfilled a dream of living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elaine embraced so many new adventures including a new nursing position, skiing, a love life, and an appreciation of the TriCultures of NM.
Historically, heroically, and with humility, this woman cared for others more than herself. we were all the fortunate recipients of this person's loving spirit, especially her mother and family.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I am so grateful that Elaine came into my life. Elaine was like that Fresh Breath of Air and I will always remember the loving moments with her and I know, with time, that you all will too.

Pauline Shiota-Roth

November 20, 2020

Elaine was my friend for many, many, years. We first met in nursing school, and remained friends ever since. She was my maid of honor at our wedding in 1975. So many great memories throughout those years. She had a great sense of humor, so smart and so compassionate. She always put others before herself.
Our deepest condolences to her family. She is truly missed.
Pauline and Pete

Kristi Borges

November 12, 2020

So honored to know you and share time together. You were so looking forward to retirement and enjoying free time. Sorry your time was so short and you didn’t get a retirement. Enjoy retirement in heaven. You deserve it. Many blessings to your family left behind. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Gloretta Maroon

November 12, 2020

Elaine was such a sweet person and a dear friend. I will miss her very much.

Gloretta Maroon

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