Elaine Ann Beach, age 86 of Ludington (formerly of Grand Haven), passed away on December 27, 2020 at Harbor Hospice-Poppen House Residence. She was born on January 26, 1934 in St. Clair, MI to G. Grant and Mildred (McConkey) Smith. Elaine married William S. Beach on June 30, 1956 in St. Clair, MI. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2011 after 54 years of marriage.
Elaine graduated from St. Clair High School in 1952 and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 1956. She also completed some of her coursework at Western Michigan University and University of Michigan. Elaine worked as an elementary school teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools from 1966 to 1988.
In 1994, Elaine and William moved from Grand Haven to live at the cottage on Otsego Lake in Gaylord, MI. She moved to Ludington, MI in 2013, after her husband’s passing, to be closer to her daughter, Cindy and family. Elaine was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven for 28 years, and was most recently a member of the United Methodist Church of Ludington. For many years, Elaine and Bill enjoyed spending the winter months in Leesburg, FL, at the Hawthorne Retirement Community. In her retirement, Elaine loved to travel. She and Bill traveled not only through the US and Canada, but also to the Scandinavian countries, the British Isles, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and China.
Elaine was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished spending time with her family, and valued her many friendships. She loved to read and sew, gifting her handiwork to others. Elaine was blessed, and shared her blessings generously; giving to family, church, and community. She had a strong faith and lived her life serving God. She was an inspiration to all in her walk with Christ; loving and accepting the full spectrum of humanity.
Elaine will be lovingly remembered and missed by her daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Hill of Ludington, MI; her two sons, Curt (Margaret) Beach, DDS of New Bern, NC and Craig (Laura) Beach of Belding, MI; eight grandchildren: Jordan (Kaylin), Casi, Cameron, Matthew, Anna, Grant (Jenny), Kabe, and Avri; and three great-grandchildren, Gregory, Owen, and Lucy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, G. Grant and Mildred Smith; her husband, William; and three brothers: Lee, Robert, and Richard Smith.
In accordance with Elaine’s wishes, a private family service and interment will take place in the Remembrance Garden at United Methodist Church of the Dunes.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven or United Methodist Church of Ludington.
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United Methodist Church of the Dunes
717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417
United Methodist Church of Ludington
5810 E Bryant Rd., Ludington AL 49431