Eleanor Price, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and Elk Grove High School baseball's number one fan, passed away on November 11th at the age of 81.
She is survived by Ted-her husband of nearly 60 years and the other half of Elk Grove baseball's biggest supporters-her daughters Diana and Vicky, and her three grandchildren, Aaron May and Nicole and Danielle Lechuga, all of whom she loved very much.
Eleanor moved from Ashley, Ohio to Sacramento in 1958, where she graduated from McClatchy High School that same year. Shortly after marrying in 1960, she and Ted opened up Lindale Florist which they happily owned and operated together for 37 years.
When they closed up shop and retired in 2000, Ted told Eleanor he intended on watching a lot more baseball. However, Eleanor didn't join him until the two regularly began attending Elk Grove Thundering Herd games, where she quickly became their biggest fan. She formed a close bond to the players, coaches, and parents. And as she grew to love the team, she never wanted to miss a moment, cheering them on every step of the way-even at away games. She and Ted even began selling plants again as a way to raise money for the program.
And as much as she loved the Herd, Eleanor felt that love from the team as well. After every game, win or lose, you could see players and coaches lining up to give Eleanor a big hug. And even as the years went on and players came and went, Eleanor was always sure to greet the players by name, letting them know that she really cared about them. Eleanor was a wonderful constant for Elk Grove baseball and she will be missed dearly by her own family and the entire Thundering Herd baseball family.