Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 22, 2013

Elizabeth Ina Haney

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — EMPIRE — Elizabeth Ina Haney, 98, of Empire, passed away peacefully at Rosegate Residential Care on March 21, 2013. Elizabeth was born on June 24, 1914, in Clare, to the late William and Elizabeth (Cunningham) Balsley.

She married the late Leroy “Leslie” Haney on Sept. 26, 1936, in Detroit. They were married an amazing 76 years before his death last year.

Elizabeth proudly owned and ran the Novi Convalescent Home for many years.

After retirement in 1975 they moved to Empire and fulfilled one of their lifelong dreams of owning their own farm.

She was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Empire, a member of the RSVP’s and the Metropolitan Club in Southfield.

In her spare time she enjoyed bowling and taking photos and videos of her family.

Surviving Elizabeth are her children, Kurt (Sue) Haney, of Waterford, and Pamela Haney, of Traverse City; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; son, Allen Haney; granddaughter, Colleen Haney; siblings, Ronald Balsley, Myrtle Hinkle, Laura Kureth and William Balsley.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place in the spring at the Empire Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Empire.

Please sign Elizabeth’s online guestbook at