Elaine W. Shumway

January 12, 1935July 10, 2012

Elaine W. Shumway passed away on July 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Petoskey, MI, in 1935 and graduated from high school in Charlevoix, MI, in 1952. After becoming a Registered Nurse, she moved to Houston where she met and married her husband John. Together they raised two children, enjoyed their careers in construction and health care, and traveled the world. Members of the Houston Safari Club, they hunted in Africa, Spain, Canada, and Alaska. Elaine loved to visit her family in northern Michigan and continued to explore the world after John’s death, including her dream trip to the Galapagos and Peru. She is survived by her children Helen (Robert) and Michael (Suzanne), her grandchildren Kate, Daniel, and Ian, as well as her sisters. A wonderful friend, Elaine loved her family, her gardening, and her work as a nurse anesthetist. A memorial service honoring Elaine's life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Heights Funeral Home, with a reception to follow from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the The Arthritis Foundation in Elaine's memory.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2012
  • Reception Saturday, July 21, 2012

Elaine W. Shumway

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August 16, 2012

We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Charles and Marilyn Jordan

Linda Magill MD

July 22, 2012

Dear Family of Elaine, I am saddened that Elaine has left us but elated that she is now a heavenly angel. I wish I had known sooner of her illness to pay a visit or send a note. I enjoyed working with her and wanted you all to know that I will miss her and that she was another great person who enriched my life. Peace be with you all.

Yvonne Hillier

July 21, 2012

Helen and Michael, I am so saddend for the loss of your mother. She was such a joy to work with all these years. I loved her stories, her knowledge, her courage and her faith. She will be missed and remembered by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Janice Kolosseus

July 21, 2012

I, also, had the blessed opportunity of knowing and enjoying Elaine and will miss our talks and get-togethers. She was such a wonderful person and a superb cook! Your family is in my prayers.

July 20, 2012

We are so sorry to learn of Elaine's passing. Through the years we shared such wonderful times with John and Elaine, Helen and Michael. They will always be missed but remembered with love. Becky and Charles, Steven and Mitchell Barrier

Tuning li

July 17, 2012

You will be in my heart, and you are with God. Praying for your family.

Janet landry

July 17, 2012

My prayers to the family. Elaine will be missed @ Ksc . Sincerely, Janet Landry

Molly Harvey

July 17, 2012

Dear Helen, Michael and the entire Shumway family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very special lady and she will be dearly missed. Much love to you all. Joan O'Malley, Pat O'Malley and Molly O'Malley Harvey

July 16, 2012

I am at a loss for adequate words to express my sadness for you. I had the blessed opportunity of knowing your Mom and spending some time with her. Your Mom touched so many people's lives, and I know we are all enriched by it. She will truly be missed. Don't forget to love yourself right now and be kind to your heart. God will handle the rest. I will keep you in my prayers.

Faith Hiller

July 15, 2012

Dear Shumway Family
Your Mom's life revolved around your lives and those of her sisters. John and she were such good friends of ours.. she will be so very missed.