Elaine M. Hammond

RAPID RIVER — Elaine M. Hammond, age 79, of 6385 East Maple Ridge 37th Road, Rapid River, Michigan 49878, passed away at her daughter’s home on Thursday, April 8, 2021 surrounded by her loving family and OSF Hospice.

Elaine was born March 20, 1942, in Frankfort, Michigan, the daughter of Roy and Mary (Shively) Hanmer. Elaine grew up in Benzonia and graduated from Benzie Central High School in the class of 1960. Elaine was united in marriage to Harold Hammond, her high school sweetheart, in October of 1960. Elaine worked at Rudyard Turner Howson Elementary School for 12 years. Following, they moved to Baraga where Elaine taught night school. Later, they moved to Gaylord where Elaine worked at the Gaylord Opportunity Center.

Elaine and Harold retired and moved to their home in Rapid River, where Elaine owned and operated Maple Ridge Country Flowers. Elaine always had a booth at the Escanaba Farmers Market where she sold her flowers and perennials weekly. Elaine also enjoyed making Christmas wreaths and sold them in the surrounding areas. She also was a volunteer of Saint Vincent de Paul in Gladstone. Elaine was an avid Detroit Tigers Fan and Michigan University Sportsfan. Elaine loved flowers and gardening, and knew every flower and how to grow them. Elaine truly saw the beauty in everything. She was a dedicated family person and will be missed by so many.

Elaine is survived by her daughter Julie (Randy) Saatio of Rapid River, grandchildren Scott (Michelle) Saatio of Ishpeming, Brad (Jordyn LaFreniere) Saatio of Negaunee, and Kristin (Matt) Elliott of Negaunee, brothers Art (Shirley) Hanmer of Mohave, Ariz., and John (Barb) Hanmer of Benzonia, Mich., sister Arlene Peterson of Crystal Falls, sister-in-law Phyllis Hanmer of Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews.

Elaine is preceded in death by her husband Harold Hammond, son Scott Hammond, brother Dean Hanmer, and brother-in-law David Peterson, and her parents Roy (Mary) Hanmer.

The family would like to extend a thank you to OSF Hospice for the great care they took of Elaine.

In accordance to Elaine’s wishes, there will be no services held. Memorial contributions in Elaine’s name may be directed to Saint Vincent de Paul in Gladstone, Michigan. To express condolences, please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Hammond Family.