Elaine Bunny Kaufman

December 7, 1940 - February 8, 2020

Family and friends are saddened by the unexpected death of this quiet activist whose passion about justice and fairness made a difference in our lives and in the world. We were continuously awed by Bunny's incredible resilience--both physical and emotional. She generously supported Volunteers of America, Art Access, National Council of Jewish Women, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party, and the American Civil Liberties Union. In Bunny’s honor, we ask you to support organizations that address issues that you feel passionately about.

Bunny’s signature smile and turquoise jewelry were evident. Those lucky enough to know her witnessed her love of the written and spoken word. Her favorite job—helping readers find just the right book—at King’s English Bookshop fed her soul and intellect. A voracious reader, Bunny was an valuable addition to Daria Book Club’s sophisticated intellectual format and well-read members.

Bunny was proud of her work as Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood of Utah. Every day she could see the difference donations made in clients’ lives. She spoke often about the rewards of volunteering for Seattle’s Volunteers of America, transporting homeless teens to a warm safe place for the night. In Salt Lake City, her commitment continued as a member of their Board of Directors. In addition, she was soulful artist who was inspired by the west and her vision of the rocks she collected. It was her own expression of the spirituality of nature.

Most important to Bunny was her role as a loving mother and grandmother to her children, grandchildren, and even her grand dogs. A lifelong cheerleader, she delighted in the successes and interesting lives of her daughter, Sandi (Dave) Raines and their son Matthew; son Keith Kaufman (Hollie Pham) and their daughter Sephira; her sister Adriann (Ivan) Braiker and their children and grandchildren.

We will miss Bunny’s depth, love and loyalty, wry sense of humor, her opinions on life and her “Bunny” laugh. We all benefited by being friends and family of this worldly, cool, brilliant and interesting person. Friends are invited to celebrate Bunny’s life on Wednesday, February 12th from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Share your photos and memories and view tribute slideshow at www.starksfuneral.com