Eloise Claveau, Scottville community advocate, dies at age 92.

February 1, 2017
Eloise Claveau

Eloise Claveau

Eloise Claveau, Scottville community advocate, dies at age 92. 


Eloise (Ellie) June Claveau, 92, of Scottville passed away on January 31, 2017 at Oakview Medical Care Facility in Ludington after a brief illness.

Ellie was born on June 10, 1924 in Huntington, Indiana to Lloyd and Alma (Fox) Buckingham. The family moved to Scottville in 1940 when Ellie and her sisters Judy and Donna were young ladies. She graduated from Scottville High School in 1942 with her sister Judy.

Her parents Lloyd and Alma were owners/operators of two businesses in Scottville, the Buckingham Cafe and Scottville Recreation (pool hall and bowling alley). Along with this they helped Ellie and her sister Judy open K’s Dress Shop in Scottville.  Ellie also was employed as a bookkeeper over the years for Stokley’s Canning Factory, Mason County Central Schools and Farmers Petroleum, all of Scottville.

When Frank (Butch) Claveau returned from service with the Navy in World War II they married on December 1, 1946 and built a house on West Beryl Street in Scottville, where they lived until her death. Ellie and Butch just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on December 1, 2016.

Ellie was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Alma Buckingham, her sisters, Judy (Fred) Reader and Betty Lee Buckingham. She is survived by her husband Butch; son, Bruce Claveau Sr. of  Scottville; and daughter, Rise (Larry) McIntosh of Ludington; her three grandchildren: Bruce Claveau of  Seminole, Florida, Jordan (Samantha Wcisel) McIntosh of Ludington, and Landon (Jessica) McIntosh of  Grand Rapids; her four great-grandchildren: Aryanna McIntosh of Ludington, Braylin McIntosh of Sault Ste. MarieI, Ethan Claveau of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and great-granddaughter McIntosh due in April; her  sister, Donna Merrill of Ludington and several nieces and nephews.

For the past 69 years Ellie loved traveling with and listening to the Scottville Clown Band in parades and concerts all over Michigan and other states; her husband, Butch, is a founding member of the band. She also enjoyed the Pentwater Civic Band concerts for the past 60 years and the Baldwin Sounds of the Forest concerts for over the last 24 years. Ellie served on the Scottville Harvest Festival Queen committee for over 52 years with her sisters Judy and Donna. She was also Scottville Citizen of the Year in 1975, along with her husband Butch. She also loved spending time with her husband, children, grand children and great grand children.

Cremation has taken place and per Ellie’s wishes, no memorial service will be held.  Any memorial contributions may be directed to the Scottville Clown Band Raymond Schulte Memorial Scholarship Fund, 405 N. Main Street, Scottville, MI 49454.

Please visit Ellie’s memory page at www.wymanfuneralservice.com to leave a tribute of Ellie for her family or to light a candle in her memory


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