Elaine Anaya served as New Mexico’s first lady in the early and mid-1980s, but she preferred weaving, crafting and creating to the contact sport of politics.
Her husband, Toney, was elected governor in 1982, and Elaine Anaya used her role as first lady to promote museums and early education. She died of cancer at 78 on Nov. 9 in her Santa Fe home.
Family members described her as a strong person with a modest manner.
“She was very quiet, very calm. She had a certain demeanor about her that was disarming, but she set the rules down, and I followed