Marie Elaine Vandeman

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of Holmes Beach, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017 at the age of 91. Elaine grew up in St. Clair, Michigan, the daughter of Theo and Myra Rose Southworth Eddy and sister of Ruth Eddy Harris and brother Paul, who preceded her in death. Elaine, who graduated from Western Michigan University in 1947, was honored to have been the first woman selected as Student Body President. After becoming the widow of Stuart Drum in 1968, she raised their three young sons while working as a social worker. In 1978, Elaine met and married Ron Vandeman. Throughout their many years of happy marriage, Elaine continued to be guided by her passion to help economically and socially challenged children through her work as a children's advocate with the Child Protection Agency in Green County, Ohio and director of programs in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. Her goal was always founded in the desire to lead youngsters to a better life. Elaine and Ron moved to Henderson, Kentucky in 1981 where she immediately began volunteering. She was a Hospice volunteer, President of the Henderson Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, docent at the Evansville, Indiana American Indian Culture Museum, Presbyterian Church elder, and an elementary school volunteer. Her volunteering continued upon retiring to Holmes Beach, Florida where she enjoyed her role as a Turtle Watch volunteer. She was also active in Roser Memorial Community Church, chairing and participating on several committees and boards. Elaine became interested in water color painting and was known for her hand painted water colored Christmas cards. She will be missed not only by a multitude of friends, but also by several Great Blue Herons and Egrets who stood watch on her patio daily as they waited to be greeted by Elaine with fish especially selected for her feathered friends. Elaine rejoiced in their presence, an emotion truly shared between her and her birds. Elaine is survived by her devoted husband Ron Vanderman; her dear sister Margaret Eddy Zimmer, Clive, IA; her sons and daughter, Jim Drum (Nanci), Midlothian, VA, Dave Drum (Kate), Newport, WA, Steve Drum (Diane), Burlington, KY, Julie Vandeman Woeste (Ron), Springboro, OH, Steve Vandeman (Emilie), Vandalia, OH; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. There will be a memorial service Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11am, at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria, Florida with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine's memory to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria, Florida 34216 or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street, Bradenton, Florida 34205.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald from Mar. 12 to Mar. 15, 2017
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