Elaine Mary Major

The night sky will shine a little brighter over Clawson as one of its former residents, and a 1979 C.H.S. alumni’s soul illuminates all her positive energy that brightened up this world. Elaine Owens Major, formally of Clawson, passed away Monday evening on December 23rd at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak after a strong battle with cancer. Elaine was the daughter of Bob and Joan Owens, who resided in the Clawson area, where seven of her ten siblings spent their early years.

Elaine never talked to strangers because she didn’t know any. Within minutes of being introduced to her, one instantly felt the warmth and basic human caring that emitted from Elaine. That particular quality of hers would bring her to raise four outstanding children and spread that love and support to two step-children, as well. Surviving are Justin Owens (Amy) of Mattawan, Michigan; Jena Major of Royal Oak, Michigan; Robert Major of Port Sanilac, Michigan; Kara Major of Clinton Township, Michigan; and Danielle Major of Rogers City, Michigan. Elaine was also a Grandmother to Elana, Marleigh, Olivia, Chase, and Michael.

Elaine resided in Davisburg, Michigan with her loving soul mate, Joe Palazzola, where she was currently employed by Community Homes. Elaine spread her love, along with basic life skills, support, and encouragement to three mentally challenged men she had so devotedly chosen to take care of for the last eight years. Elaine’s efforts made a difference one individual at a time, and went way beyond what was expected of her. Her love and support knew no bounds; and was given freely and unconditionally. She loved her little work family and was recently honored with the Dove Award for caretaker of the year.

Elaine is survived by her siblings, Jo-Ellyn Owens Raleigh of Lyle, Minnesota; Jennifer Owens Penokie of Wixom, Michigan; Tena Gaffke of Oakland Township, Michigan; Kevin Owens, C.L. of St. Augustine, Florida; Todd Owens of Clawson, Michigan; David Owens of Findlay, Ohio; Gary Owens of Erie, Michigan; and Adam Owens of St. Louis, Missouri. Elaine is proceeded in death by her parents, and a brother, Steven Michael Owens. Elaine is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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  1. Lanie, my heart feels your absence. I already miss you dearly, my friend. I am honored to have had you as my friend because friends like you only come around once in a lifetime. I love you, sweet Lanie. I know you are in heaven playing SkipBo right now! Fly with the angels as you are now one of them!

  2. So sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful write up. She touched many people.

  3. Elaine, you were the sweetest friend one could have; and you are gone way too soon!! So much fun back in the ninety’s with you and your children. Love those kids. Time got away from us in the more recent years; but was so happy to see you and the kids before I moved up North. My prayers go out to the wonderful family you left behind.

  4. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Elaine was the step mother to my children and couldn’t have asked for a better one. I consider her a friend. The earth is a little less bright with her in it. I mourn with and for her children.

  6. We were childhood classmates in our wonderful hometown of Clawson. We reconnected on Facebook and then again at our recent High School Class Reunion. Elaine was always so easy to talk to and as sweet as they come. My sincere condolences to all of her family. May your memories of her bring comfort over time.

  7. She was a great friend and person. I’m happy I knew her…

  8. What a beautiful Tribute about Elaine. So true.
    Glad her children surprised her with a get together recently.
    She was truly a giving person.
    We were classmates at CHS.
    Fly high and bright. Shine on.

  9. I am heartbroken.
    Whoevere wrote this tribute knew my dear friend. Perfect.

  10. I am going to miss you, Sis. Go with God…..I will see you when I get up there.

  11. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother, you have our sincere condolences.

  12. Marybeth McCormick

    I am so proud of her strength, she never gave up. I am proud of her children, for walking the road right along side her. I am heartbroken at where the road ended up. So sad. Love to her family.

  13. I am so very sorry for your loss. Elaine was. truly a remarkable woman

  14. I’m just heart broken to hear the news. We grew up on the same street in Clawson, our parents were friends. It was great to catch up with her at our class reunion this past August. We shared many stories that evening. Rest in peace, our prayers are with your family.

  15. I grew up with Elaine and her family in clawson. They were always at my house, like family. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Elaine and her family.

  16. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Elaine. I’m so saddened by the loss of my friend. She had a heart of gold and was one of the best people I’ve ever met. I’m sure God had a special place waiting for her arrival.

  17. That was beautiful. Lanie was always going above and beyond for her guys. We are all going to miss her terribly. Lanie was a great person to work with and my best friend. Condolences and prayers to her loved ones.

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