Feb. 16, 1931 - Aug. 19, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - On August 19, 2013, Elaine passed from this world and into the arms of her Lord and Savior in the presence of her loving family. Elaine was born February 16, 1931 at the home of her parents, Raymond and Violet Rhoade, with Dr. Otis Bowen delivering. She met the love of her life, Raymond, while waiting tables at the Melrose in Mishawaka. It was love at first sight for both of them. They married a year later and settled in Mishawaka. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in February of this year. Besides her husband, Raymond, she is also survived by her seven children: Cheryl Hinton of Bloomington, Linda (R.G.) Trevino of Granger, Vicki (Tim) Shobert of Osceola, Pam (Tom) Gushwa of Mishawaka, Ray Hinton III of Mishawaka, Mark Hinton of Mishawaka, and Tricia (Larry) Balcerzak of Osceola. Also surviving are sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren along with two brothers: James (Mary) Rhoade and Gerald Rhoade with a sister, Mary (Al) Henry. Elaine was, most importantly, a homemaker and mother, but she had many other roles in her life. She was the babysitter for not only her grandchildren but also neighbor children who came to know her as Grandma. She was a caregiver to her parents in their later years and counted it a privilege to do so. She was a seamstress, and Avon Lady, the disciplinarian and later in life, an avid Cubs fan. Her children and grandchildren call her "Blessed". She was the ultimate Grandma, knowing the secrets to colicky and fussy babies, fevers, scrapes, bumps and sleeping through the night. Although we miss her smile, her love and her spirit, we go on practicing what she taught us by her example. May the circle be unbroken. Funeral services for Elaine will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 North Main Street, Mishawaka, where friends will be received from 1:00 pm until the time of the services. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Boes. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Gideon Society, P.O. Box 1643, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 21, 2013
Bubb Funeral Chapel
3910 N. Main Mishawaka, IN 46545