Elaine Marie Millard



Elaine Marie (Peterson) Millard, born 1/11/1930 and passed 8/31/2016. Elaine previously owned Millard's Furniture and The Body Building in Stanton. She was very active in the Montcalm County Republican Party and was a Montcalm County Parks Commissioner.

     Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Ferris and Florence Peterson; ex-husband Leon (Red) Millard, sister Peggy Nelson; grandsons Michael Millard and Rhett J. Butler II.

     Elaine is survived in death by five children Diana Wood, Danna Secrest, Greg (Barb) Millard, Pam (Tim Cullimore) Butler, and Scott (Jeanie) Millard. She has eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren with three more on the way.

     The family would like to thank Country Friends AFC in Sumner and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for the wonderful care provided.

     As per Elaine’s wishes no public services will be held. Any who wish to contribute in her honor are asked to consider either White Pine Library or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.


Condolences to the family may be made utilizing the guestbook below.


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  • Linda Enbody (Thursday, September 01 16 02:53 pm EDT)

    So very sorry for your loss. I really liked Elaine and may she rest in peace!

  • Jon Enbody (Thursday, September 01 16 02:57 pm EDT)

    My condolences to the family.R.I.P.Elaine.

  • Nann Enbody-Anderson (Thursday, September 01 16 04:58 pm EDT)

    My sincere condolences to you and yours for your loss.
    Much love

  • Joe & Gail Dempsey (Thursday, September 01 16 06:04 pm EDT)

    She had an amazing spirit. I enjoyed her company everytime I was at the gym when she owned it. She was so friendly and caring to all. She will be a welcomed guest to Heaven, forever young and happy.
    Be at peace knowing she will be watching over you all now. Our prayers for comfort to all of the family.

  • Phil & Deb Comden (Thursday, September 01 16 06:47 pm EDT)

    Thinking of all of you, sorry for your loss, may you find comfort from family and friends.

  • Rachel (Thursday, September 01 16 07:09 pm EDT)

    Thinking of all of you at this time. I know I have many memories of the days on Lincoln Street.
    In friendship,
    Rachel (Parrish) Geselman-Mocherman

  • Paula estill (Thursday, September 01 16 07:09 pm EDT)

    A great lady, was there for me when i desperately needed her, no questions asked.

  • Amy Ruffer (Thursday, September 01 16 07:47 pm EDT)

    Sorry for your loss. Elaine was an amazing lady. Had a very kind heart and could make you laugh. She will be missed by so many. RIP Elaine

  • Onilee Hansen-Mills (Thursday, September 01 16 08:30 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful lady and always had an amazing smile.

  • Nancy Thompson (Thursday, September 01 16 08:51 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for the family. I have known Elaine for many years. She was a wonderful lady.

  • Sonja (Thursday, September 01 16 09:36 pm EDT)

    She was a great lady. Taught me to be a hard worker and that nothing in this world is free. I loved her spirit. May she rest in peace.

  • Lori Mazzola (Thursday, September 01 16 09:54 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. I will always remember the times I spent with Elaine. My first Republican convention in downtown Detroit, there is a funny story there. Our many parades, there are many funny
    stories there too. Many good times with her and I will always remember her laughs.
    My sympathies go out to the family, this is a big void in your life.

  • Jaimi and Kevin Sowles (Thursday, September 01 16 09:59 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful lady. She has left behind a great legacy. RIP Elaine

  • Randy and Judy Stearns (Thursday, September 01 16 10:35 pm EDT)

    So sad and sorry for your loss! Elaine was a very wise and wonderful person.We feel privileged to have known her .RIP Elaine

  • Mary Beth Strautz (Friday, September 02 16 07:32 am EDT)

    Elaine was such a vital force in the town of Stanton . It's hard to imagine the community without her. My condolences to her entire family.

  • Penny (Friday, September 02 16 08:02 am EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. Many memories of her. She was a good friend to my mother. Hugs.

  • LeRoy and Carole Hansen (Friday, September 02 16 11:59 am EDT)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! So very sorry for your loss!!

  • Randy & Eva Howell (Friday, September 02 16 01:13 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the family!🌹

  • Helen M Christensen (Friday, September 02 16 01:21 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful person.

  • Bonnie Timiney (Friday, September 02 16 02:33 pm EDT)

    Elaine Millard... Such an amazing powerful yet gentle soul.. One in a million for sure. You will be missed lady.. God speed ..

  • kory gould (Friday, September 02 16 03:44 pm EDT)

    Prayers to the family at this time May God bless the family.

  • Cheryl (Friday, September 02 16 06:36 pm EDT)

    So sorry for your loss, your mom has a special spot in my heart! Special lady...

  • Glenn Gordon (Friday, September 02 16 06:37 pm EDT)

    I knew Mrs. Millard while living at Lake Montcalm as a child. She was always so nice! Greg and Pam i'm so sorry for the loss and my family is praying for you guys!

  • Marilynn Switzer (Friday, September 02 16 06:59 pm EDT)

    Elaine was such a vibrant lady. I had the pleasure of knowing her for many years, always had a smile. My condolences to the Millard family, she was an amazing person. Glad we were able to cross paths
    in this world.

  • Noele Buchholz Smith (Friday, September 02 16 09:32 pm EDT)

    So sorry to hear this.I graduated with Danna and my family bought all our appliances& furniture from Millards. Elaine was so sweet & pretty..my condolences to the family

  • Cyndi Hardy (Friday, September 02 16 11:43 pm EDT)

    Sorry for your loss, Elaine was a vital part of the community for years and will be missed.

  • Lynn and Cindy Anderson (Saturday, September 03 16 07:17 am EDT)

    We were sorry to hear of Elaine's passing - she certainly left her mark on our small community. She will be remembered and missed by so many. Our condolences to her family.

  • Stewart and Candace Larkin (Saturday, September 03 16 12:57 pm EDT)

    We were sorry to read about the loss of your mother. She made a difference for people in Montcalm County and you can be proud of her service. Our sincere condolences to you all.

  • Sue Proctor Johnson (Saturday, September 03 16 05:02 pm EDT)

    Elaine was a great lady and I'm sure she will be greatly missed. God Bless all the family.

  • Penny Rettig (Saturday, September 03 16 10:50 pm EDT)

    My deepest sympathies to you all. I have good memories of Elaine. Her spirit live in many of her kids. Prayers for all the families.

  • Tammy (Monday, September 12 16 04:42 pm EDT)

    My thoughts and prayers to all of my cousins for the loss of their Mother, my amazing Aunt and wonderful, loving friend to me and my children. Many memories fill our hearts of times shared. She was
    such a 'GIFT' to many. Blessing to all of you!

  • Joe Brand (Friday, September 16 16 06:27 pm EDT)

    My dad started working at Millards when in 1973, so I've known Elaine, Greg, and Scott almost all my life. I know a lot of people hated Elaine from plain old jealousy: she was rich and they weren't.
    But those people have no idea how hard and how many hours Elaine worked to get where she was. More than one person has told me of how she carried one end of a couch or hide-a-bed when no one else was
    around to do it. A LOT of people were able to buy their first furniture and appliances (and establish a credit rating) because Elaine was willing to take a chance on them. A lot of young men that
    others wouldn't have employed got their first job working as her delivery boys. She was burned many times but she kept on putting her faith in her fellow man. I rode with her to a Republican event
    and she talked of how she scrimped when she and Red started out. She told me of living in the attic apartment over their first store and how she found the prettiest pictures in the newspaper to use
    as wallpaper and how a shet with a hole worn in the middle became curtains. How many people have the inner strength to do that today? In spite of those lean early years Elaine never gave up, and she
    always remembered what it was like to go without. She didn't toot her own horn, but there were a lot of worthy causes she gave her money to ananamously. She once told my mom of how a family or two
    would spend all day Saturday in the Langston bar and leave their kids waiting in the car. Elaines first store was in Langston, she saw it happening, and a couple of times she bought the kids small
    icecream cones despite the money being short. I've sometimes wondered if those kids remembered her generosity. I wonder how long all of us will remember it. Godspeed Elaine. You stayed cheerful in
    spite of all the pain of life over the years and I hope to hear you laugh again someday after the archangels sounds his trumpet.

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