Elaine married John Parry and the couple had a son whom they named William. Not long after the birth of Will, John departed on the Nuniatak dig expedition, leaving Elaine to care for their son alone. On the 24 June 1985, Elaine was sent the last letter she would ever receive from her husband. Three and a half months after his departure, John Parry was declared missing.
Elaine suffered from mental health problems, and her son had to care for her. When he was twelve, William took Elaine to live with his old piano teacher.
- Green writing case: Elaine possessed a green writing case containing the letters which her husband sent to her. The information in these letters was sought by many.