Elaine Marian Emerson, of Holt, Michigan, formerly of Traverse City, died Jan. 19, 2015. She was 83. Born Sept. 8, 1931, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Ann and Peter Luinstra, who preceded her in death. Elaine lived most of her life in Traverse City, where she picked cherries as a young woman, enjoyed long drives on the Old Mission Peninsula and worked as a waitress at the Park Place Hotel. She had a special relationship with her mother and the two enjoyed lunches at the tea room in the former Milliken’s Department Store and picnics at Bryant Park. She was a good cook who took pride in her work as a homemaker.

On May 25, 1968, Elaine married Harold Emerson. They had four children, Linda, Ruth, Karen and Steven.

  Elaine was a longtime member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Traverse City.

She was preceded in death by Harold, her husband of 40 years, and her brothers, Peter and James. Elaine is survived by: four children and their spouses: Linda (Jim) Hoxie of Spearfish, S.D., Ruth (Philip) Mayercak and Karen (Todd) Schulz of Holt, and Steven (Monique) Emerson of Traverse City; ten grandchildren: Ben (Dessie) Hoxie and Kristine (Ryan) Anderson, Jaclyn (Andrew) Haney, Nicole (Matt) Cody and Kathie (Wenda) Etris, Samuel, Madeline and Joshua Schulz, and Jaden and Brady Emerson; and nine great-grandchildren: Kassidy and Konner Hoxie, Olivia and Nathaniel Anderson, Emma and Avery Haney, Viviana Cody, and Angelena and Milania Etris.

Elaine moved to Holt in 2010. She lived at Holt Senior Care and enjoyed daily visits with family, especially daughter Karen and grandson Joshua.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with a funeral service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Elaine will be laid to rest at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Traverse City.

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3 Messages to “Elaine M. Emerson”

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    Diane Viskochil Says:

    Dear Karen and Steve,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved both of your parents. They were such happy people and always trying to help others. I remember your mom in many different ways. She has been on my mind for the past few days especially. I wish I had been closer so I could have visited her more. My prayers are with you and your families at this sad time.

    Diane

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    Pat & Wendell Thomas Says:

    Dear Karen & Steve,
    We have very fond memories of both your parents from being neighbors at Carriage Hill. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your families
    at the passing of your mother.
    Sincerely, Pat & Wendell Thomas

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    Mary Akers Says:

    Karen and family……we are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with your family …..keep your memories close Mary Akers and family

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