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Elaine Marie Rea Tope

Died: April 29, 2017

Elaine Marie Tope (nee Rea) left this earth on Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 PM, to join her husband Kenneth. She was born in London, Ohio, on May 26, 1927, to parents Raymond and Ione Smith Rea. She resided in both London and Naples, Florida, before moving to Baton Rouge in 2013, where she became a devout Tiger fan. Ela…read more

Elaine Marie Tope (nee Rea) left this earth on Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 PM, to join her husband Kenneth. She was born in London, Ohio, on May 26, 1927, to parents Raymond and Ione Smith Rea. She resided in both London and Naples, Florida, before moving to Baton Rouge in 2013, where she became a devout Tiger fan. Elaine is survived by her son, Steve Tope, and wife, Beth, who live in Baton Rouge and her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Jim Trimble of London, Ohio. Also mourning her are brother Raymond ‘Bud’ Rea and wife Doris; niece Melinda Rea; grandchildren Eric Trimble, Brandey Trimble Maynard and husband Howard and their children, Tristan and Taylor; Barry Trimble and wife Kristen and their children, Noah, Elli and Bryn. Her dog, Charles Clyde, will miss her terribly, too! Elaine was a member of London Country Club, The Glades Country Club of Naples, and most recently The University Club in Baton Rouge. She was an avid golfer who won multiple club championships throughout her lifetime and a tenacious tennis player who could cover the court with lightning speed. She clerked at the Madison County Treasurer’s Office for twenty years and was very involved in her children’s activities. She transported Steve’s high school golf teammates to all matches and often played nine holes with the opposing coaches. She loved shopping and was always dressed impeccably. Steve and Beth were thrilled to have her in Baton Rouge as it gave them the precious opportunity to know her as a friend, not just a mother or mother-in-law. During her four short years in Baton Rouge, she developed many close relationships and cherished each. She accepted all dining invitations and enjoyed immensely her one daily beer! She appreciated the staff at Here Today, Gone Tomorrow who always welcomed her and helped her find the perfect home decoration. Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Government will handle the proceedings. In lieu of flowers, Elaine would ask you to “please tell those closest to you that you love and appreciate them”. Her advice to all: Get the shingles shot, Rescue a shelter dog, Be fearless and Love unconditionally!

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