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Elaine Violet Douglas Carlock

August 20, 1915 March 17, 2012
Elaine Violet Douglas Carlock
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Obituary for Elaine Violet Douglas Carlock

Elaine Violet Douglas Carlock, a long time resident of White Lake Twp., died peacefully in the company of her family on March 17, 2012. She was 96 years old.
Elaine was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 20, 1915, the daughter of Robert Douglas and Minna Engel Douglas. She studied art at the Dayton Institute of Arts where she met Vernon Thorwald Carlock who was also studying there. They fell in love and married on September 6, 1936. They started their family in Dayton and later made their home in Greenville, Ohio. In 1952 they moved to White Lake, Michigan and the family has made they home in this community since then. Elaine worked as an artist and sculptor throughout her life. In the early years she created original clay sculpture for Coventry Ware porcelain figurines, and a series of well loved small babies based on her observations of her own young children. During the 1970�s she set up her own Cranberry Hill Studios in White Lake. In addition to doing the original sculpture, she developed her own unique clay blends and glazes to achieve the natural look of her figures. Her handcrafted stoneware sculptures of children were sold and collected around the country and abroad. When she wasn�t in her studio she was ever and always a loving mother and grandmother to her large family. She had seven children spanning eighteen years in Michigan and Ohio. She gave only love and acceptance, with a special concern for each of them. She brought everyone together for Sunday dinners, trips to the Detroit Institute of Art and various museums and art exhibitions on Sunday afternoons, and summer picnics on Lake Huron always complete with her famous apple pie and biscuits. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, in 2001, her son Douglas, and her sister Eleanor Douglas Lisk. She is survived by children David (Jill) Carlock, Michael (Merilynn) Carlock, Conrad Carlock, Suzanna (the late Stephen) Lewis, Daniel Carlock, and Merrie (Frank) Parkanzky; twenty grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at Cedar Crest Lutheran Church, 485 Farnsworth St., White Lake, on Tuesday, March 20, at 11AM with Pastor Richard Pape officiating. Burial will follow at West Highland Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Sunday 3-7PM and Monday 2-9PM. Memorials may be made in her name to the Parkinson Foundation. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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