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C. Elaine Skarritt


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C. Elaine Skarritt

Milford - A longtime resident of Milford and public servant to her community, died peacefully, surrounded by family on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. She was 83 years old. Born on February 3, 1934 in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, she was the daughter of William and Marguerite Cavanaugh.

After her father's death in 1946, her mother remarried and came north for work settling in Milford. Elaine attended Milford High School and in 1950 she met Richard Skarritt from Commerce Twp. He left for service in the Korean War and the two corresponded for those years and when he returned their romance continued. They were married on June 20, 1953 in the Methodist Church and raised two sons and a daughter and for many years lived on Atlantic Street near the east entrance to the village and across from the church and the civic center which so defined her life. Family, faith and community were her passions. She worked at the Proving Grounds for then years and was elected in 1971 to serve as Milford Township Clerk, a post she held for twenty five years during which Milford Township and Village grew from a sleepy hamlet to a residential mecca. She worked with four supervisors - Bill Boyer, Jim Caswell, Bob Gharrity and Robert Foley -- each of whom relied on her civic pride and excellence in office. Elaine's responsibilities included oversight of the two local cemeteries and all of the local and national elections. She was also active in the Methodist church where she served for some time as Secretary-Treasurer and assisted with bake sales, blood drives, funeral luncheons and other forms of Christian outreach. In 1976 she served as Chairwoman for the local Bicentennial celebrations and in 1982 organized the Sesquicentennial observances for Milford Township. Active in Oakland County Republican politics, she served as Chairwoman for the Board of Canvassers for seventeen years, during a time when good people of differing opinions could disagree without being disagreeable, as evidence of which she was named Citizen of the Year by the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce in the late 1970's and for the next thirty years, she chaired the committees that reviewed nominations and selected the recipients of that prestigious award.

Elaine saw herself as a child of God, a citizen of Milford and Michigan and the greatest nation on earth, and understood those roles came laden with great blessings and great responsibilities. She was a beloved wife, cherished mother and grand neighbor and civil servant who never lost her interest in the lives and well-being of others. For Elaine, not only were all politics local, but all locals were part of her community and she spent her life in service to them.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard Skarritt, and by her sons, Steven Lane of Texas, Kevin Lane (Francie) Skarritt of Grand Ledge and by her daughter, Kimberly Lynn Skarritt of Rapid City. Also surviving are Stacy Lynn Skarritt, Connor Nicholas Skarritt and Cameron Lane Skarritt.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 30, at 11 AM at Milford United Methodist Church on Atlantic Street. The Reverend Doug McMunn will officiate. Burial will follow in Milford Memorial Cemetery. Friends my visit on Wednesday from 2-8PM at Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty, Milford.

Memorial Contributions to Silver Muzzle Cottage, (3785 Rice Road NW, Rapid City, MI 49676) a rescue and hospice facility for senior dogs founded and operated by Elaine's daughter, Kim, are greatly appreciated.

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, 248.684.6645.



Published in Hometown Weekly Newspapers on Nov. 30, 2017
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