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Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI

OBITUARY

Wilma Theresa Elliott

May 9, 1930March 10, 2020

Our wonderful mother, Wilma T. Elliott, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020. Wilma was born on May 9, 1930 in Hannah, MI to Joseph and Lena Bauer. She graduated from St. Mary's of Hannah High School in 1948 and married Maynard Elliott on September 16, 1950. Earlier in life Wilma was employed as a secretary for the Fochtman Motor Company. After raising her children on their farm in Buckley, she was employed as a secretary for the school system and also the post office. Wilma was a member of St. Mary's of Hannah Church. She enjoyed wildlife, gardening, and quilting. She created many handmade quilts for her kids and grandkids. Wilma was also a ferocious card player. She enjoyed spending time with friends on Duck Lake Peninsula and at the Interlochen Senior Center. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren, and will be remembered as a thoughtful, kind, and loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Mary (Steve) Balbach, Carol (Bob) Elliott- Schlitts, Jeffrey Elliott, Cheri (Don) Haines, Katie (Scott) Elliott-Weber; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Romona (Sherwood) Herman and brother John (Eva) Bauer. Her husband Maynard passed in 2005. Her sister, Dorothy, and brother, Richard, also preceded her in passing. Cremation has taken place; a memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary's of Hannah Church.

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Jan Elliott Shugart

March 27, 2020

Of all the things we can choose in life...My aunt Wilma chose being kind! Independent, dynamic woman with a great laugh ...there are poker games up there! Love, your niece, Jan Elliott Shugart

Jay Haines

March 26, 2020

Even though my Grandma Elliott may be gone, she will forever live on in each life she touched. She was a wonderful woman who embodied all the positive qualities I strive to have and instill in my family as well. Though she is gone, I am happy she can be with my Grandpa again and watch over each one of us.

Bob Schlitts

March 26, 2020

What I remember about Wilma, my mother-in-law, is that we always bantered back and forth and had a great time doing it. She always threatened that if I picked on her too much I wouldn't get my "inheritance". She said if something ever happened to her she hoped she would pull me off the golf course. Well... sure enough, she did. Great lady, we will all miss her and I will catch that "inheritance" on the other side.

Erich Balbach

March 26, 2020

Grandma was among the most very special people at our house and we will all miss her terribly. In addition to being very kind, she was a blast to be around, always. The kids, particularly Eli and Nolah, were close to her and asked almost daily when they could go “up north” to visit her. They loved to chase her cat around the house and learn to play whatever card game she was into at the moment. She cooked amazing meals for our family and others, often at a moment’s notice – fried venison was a favorite. We loved listening to her stories about days bygone and long lost relatives. Nobody could match her quick wit. Despite being decades older, Grandma could relate to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a way rarely seen in today’s rapidly changing times. She was great to talk to and just everything you could wish for in a Grandma and Great Grandma. We will miss her always.

Carol Elliott

March 25, 2020

Carol Elliott

March 25, 2020

Perhaps they are not stars
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones pours
through and shines down upon us
to let us know that they are happy.

A beautiful soul is not forgotten.

I'll see you on the other side of the stars Mom.

Mary Balbach

March 24, 2020

Grandma Ellie with some great grands at a tea party.

Sara Reilly

March 24, 2020

Sara Reilly

March 24, 2020

When you lose someone, it is difficult to fathom life without them in it. This is how I feel about my lovely Grandma (or, Grandma Ellie, as my girls call her). Countless memories of holidays at her house, pontoon rides, trips to DairyVille, sleepovers in the front room, playing in the sauna and with the cat (whichever one was around at the time), sneaking cookies and extra candies, stories of flowers and gardening, learning about quilting, stories of our ancestors and how we all had bad hair, ALL the card games (and her getting mad at those of us that have no clue what's going on and her saying, 'Geez, I just wish Brant were here!'), traipsing around Germany/Europe with her, her holding both of my babies and rocking them to sleep, all the cards and letters, puzzles, lots of puzzles, and pretending I liked her water which she claimed was "just fine!" ; ) My girls, now 6 and 9, speak of Grandma Ellie often and when we visit Traverse in the summers.... cannot WAIT to see her. They have always felt strongly connected to her and for that I am grateful. She will forever be an idol to them. I am so heartbroken, but this is how it is with loved ones leaving us. On my dresser now, are the handwritten directions from her to me on how to play her newest card fixation "Hogit and Pigit".... along with a birthday card for me from the week prior to her death. I have all the memories, some mementos, and I will forever feel her love around me. Grandma, we will keep doing the days without you surrounded by the love you've always shown us and always remembering to "just keep it simple".

Susan Elliott McGarry

March 23, 2020

My siblings and I are the double cousins/nieces/nephews. Aunt Wilma was my mom’s sister and she married my dad’s brother. In early years, Mom and Aunt Wilma would confuse the littlest ones at family functions trying to figure out who their mom was! We are so fortunate to have a big, strong family. Aunt Wilma was matriarch these last years and boy did she handle that role well! I loved her humor and her interest and the fact that she had advice for me at 60, same as she did at 6! Just a great lady. My heart goes out to my Elliott cousins at this sad time.

FROM THE FAMILY