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.