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Elaine E. McCulloch

January 9, 1924 - December 4, 2016
Grand Haven (formerly Norton Shores), MI

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Visitations


Friday, December 9, 2016
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Clock Life Story Funeral Homes
Muskegon Location
1469 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 722-3721
Driving Directions

Friday, December 9, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Clock Life Story Funeral Homes
Muskegon Location
1469 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 722-3721
Driving Directions

Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Central United Methodist Church
1011 Second Street
Norton Shores, MI 49441
Web Site

Services


Saturday, December 10, 2016
12:00 PM EST
Central United Methodist Church
1011 Second Street
Norton Shores, MI 49441
Web Site

Contributions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

WDCC Member Memorial Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1665
Muskegon, MI 49443
Web Site

Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Chalet Floral
700 W. Hackley Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 755-1805
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Throughout her rich and rewarding life, Elaine McCulloch made a significant impact in the lives of those too numerous to count. With an unwavering faith as the cornerstone in her life, she exemplified what it means to be the hands and feet of the Lord she loved. A loving wife and devoted mother, Elaine was a gracious and tenderhearted example of genuine love and compassion to her family that later grew to include grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She saw some beautiful places and experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer, but what made these experiences truly extraordinary was sharing them with the ones she loved. Life will never be the same without Elaine here, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.

It was great to be an American during the decade that we recall as the Roaring Twenties. Innovation was leading the way to new technology that brought us things like radios, washing machines, and motion pictures in both color and sound. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great anticipation in the lives of Roy M. and Ferne (Yaley) Whitaker as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as January dawned in Danville, Iowa, in 1924. The big day finally arrived on January 9th when the baby girl they named Elaine Edith drew her first breath. She was the younger of two children in the Whitaker clan as she was raised in the family home alongside her older sister, Maureen. Her father supported their family through his work at a local factory while her mother was a busy homemaker who added to the household income using her sewing skills. Elaine’s father became a farmer after retiring. As a student, she attended local schools, graduating from Rock Island High School in 1942. This same year Elaine married Donald Raymond Cooke, but sadly, he was killed and buried in France in 1943 while serving during WWII.

New and exciting changes were in store for Elaine when she met the young man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Alpheus McCulloch. They met while she was working at the Rock Island Arsenal. Sparks flew right from the start, and they soon were deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together they were married in December of 1946. At first the newlyweds lived all over including in Puerto Rico, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Ohio, before settling in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1957. Together they were blessed with the birth of their son, Robert Charles in 1947. Their joy later turned to sorrow as they mourned the loss of a stillborn child in 1949. The following year, Elaine and Alpheus adopted their daughter, Linda Elaine, in 1950.

Throughout her life, Elaine’s primary focus was her family. She was a tender and sacrificial mother who loved doing things with her children and husband. Elaine loved making memories with her family while doing things like taking trips back to Iowa to spend with family, going to church on Sundays, and making the holidays memorable times spent with family. Later in life she was thrilled to become a grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Elaine was so proud of everyone in her family, and she loved keeping up with all of them and the many things they accomplished.

While her children were growing up, Elaine focused her time and attention on her family and her home. But once they were in high school she took on some added responsibilities outside of the home. With a desire to serve others, she spent 22 years working at the Muskegon Red Cross as a volunteer at first and growing to become the Director of Service to Military Families. Elaine was passionate about her work as losing her first husband in WWII deeply affected her. She excelled in her work, and it didn’t go unnoticed as she received commendations from the Veterans Administration, Red Cross, and the State of Michigan for assisting military families and veterans in need. Elaine was totally committed to the Good Lord and Jesus Christ since being baptized at the age of 12 at the Presbyterian church in Rock Island. This is such an important time when one prays to be forgiven of their sin and is then accepted in God’s kingdom forevermore. Elaine attended various churches, after moving to Muskegon. She became a member of Central United Methodist Church and has served there in many ways. She was a very active member of the Woman's Division Chamber of Commerce (WDCC) since 1959 where she was president from 1980 through 1982 and had currently been the Parliamentarian. She was also on the board of the YFCA.

There were so many things that Elaine enjoyed throughout her life. Her Scottish Terriers were like additional members of her family, and she treasured their companionship. She was an avid reader, painted and loved art and history. She learned to text in order to stay in touch with her granddaughter and great grand kids. For years Elaine and Alpheus enjoyed taking his business trips together, especially when they went to Japan. She was also a huge history buff. Elaine considered it a privilege to have traveled in Europe on several occasions both before and after retirement. After she and her husband retired in the 1980s, they bought a motorhome and spent 13 years traveling to every state but Alaska. Elaine and Alpheus were active in the Family Motor Coach Association and belonged to several travel clubs as well. They truly loved everything about seeing the country and had 100,000 miles on their motorhome when they sold it. For years Elaine enjoyed movie night with her son and daughter-in-law on Friday nights.

With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Elaine McCulloch lived to love and serve all who were within her reach. She had a contagious zest for life, and her devotion to her Lord and Jesus Christ was easy to see. Elaine was never overbearing in her beliefs, but the example she provided was a most precious gift. Deeply loved, she will never be forgotten.

Elaine Edith McCulloch passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016. Elaine’s family includes her son, Robert (Renee) McCulloch of Grand Haven; grandchildren, Dawn (Rick) Leach, Matthew (Kelly) McCulloch, Bob (Madeline) McCulloch, Christine McCulloch; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Aaron) James, Stephanie Hailstone, Foster Berghuis, Maximus McCulloch, Samantha McCulloch, Evan Hamilton; 4 great-great-grandchildren. Elaine was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Cook in WWII & Alpheus McCulloch in 2008; daughter, Linda Mitchell in 1995; sister, Maureen VanLoon in 2014. Services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2016, Noon at Central United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark D. Miller officiating. Interment in Spring Lake Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon and Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials can be made to WDCC Member Memorials Scholarship Fund.

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