Elaine Chew

October 7, 1934October 11, 2016

Elaine M. Chew, age 82, of Holland, passed away on October 11, 2016. Elaine was born in Kalamazoo, MI, October 7, 1934, to Roger and Ilah (Covell) Hayward, of Vicksburg, MI. She dedicated her life to her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Jerry; her children, Scott and Sandy Chew of Bangor, MI, Jeff and Chong Chew of Dallas, TX, and Lisa (Chew) Wainwright of New Lenox, IL; 5 grandchildren, Rayford, Dallas, Daniel, James, and Iris; and her two living sisters, Sharon (Hayward) Harding and Ann Hayward. Elaine had two careers in health care; first, after graduating from Michigan State University as a medical technologist, and then graduating from Western Michigan University as a Physician’s Assistant. Jerry and Elaine loved to travel and play golf. Throughout the years, they lived in Kalamazoo, Gull Lake, several homes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Chicago, Arizona, and Heidelberg, Germany. Elaine and Jerry are members of Community Church of Douglas.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Community Church of Douglas, 6780 Wiley Road, Douglas, MI 49406, with a reception following. A graveside service will be held at a time to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harbor Humane Society of Ottawa County, MI, at Please visit to leave a message or memory for the Chew family.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 3, 2016


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Dale and Jennie Hayward

December 2, 2016

Jerry and sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with Elaine at the family reunions.

Cindy Seafort

October 20, 2016

I was saddened to hear of Elaine's passing. She was a very kind and caring person. She made my journey through WMU a lot less stressful. She will be missed. Prayers for the Chew family.

October 20, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss but KNOW she is in a better place. May all of God's promises give you peace. Lots of Love, Bette and George

Robert Rainwater

October 18, 2016

Jerry and Family,
So sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. She was one of my favorite classmates.
A great Lady.
Marsha Fronk Curry sends her love also.

Jeanne' Gates

October 17, 2016

On behalf of my Mom, Harriet Hagadone, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Elaine's family. My Mom and I so enjoyed our golf outings with her and our visits to her home on the lakeshore. May you find strength as a family in the arms of each other and rejoice in all the beautiful memories you have of Elaine.

Jeanne' Gates and Harriet Hagadone, Kalamazoo, MI

Edithe Johnson

October 15, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. She and her husband, Jerry were my neighbors in the cottages of Appledorn, Holland, MI. for several months in 2016, and they were the best! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

October 14, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Barb/Jerry Kelly
Douglas MI

Chris Grego

October 14, 2016

I was so saddened to learn of Elaine's passing but rejoicing that she is eternally in the presence of our Savior. I got to know Elaine through Bible Study Fellowship over the past few years. We shared interest in each other because of our careers in healthcare. Praying God's peace and comfort for all of her family as you grieve her loss.

Susan Lutz

October 14, 2016

I was blessed to get to know Elaine through Bible Study Fellowship last year. She was such a joy to our group as she shared truth, encouragement and herself with us. We studied the Book of Revelation together and wondered at the throne room, and now Elaine is there with her heavenly father.

October 13, 2016

Elaine was very kind, intelligent and a joy to every life she touched. I enjoyed serving on the Health Advisory Committee of CCD with her tremendously.
She will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jerry.
Julie Kirschbaum