Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 25, 2012

Elizabeth 'Bid' Scamehorn

TRAVERSE CITY — Elizabeth "Bid" Scamehorn, 94, of Traverse City, passed away Oct. 23, 2012, at Munson Medical Center. Bid was born on July 18, 1918, on her family's farm in Maple City. She was one of six children of Anthony and Anna (Sbonek) Tarchinski.

On Aug. 22, 1938, she married the late Donald C. Scamehorn. He preceded her in death in 1991.

Bid was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, as well as a parishioner of the St. Lukes Catholic Church in Barefoot Bay, Fla., where she wintered for the past 35 years. She was also a charter member of the Daisy Chain at the Traverse City Elks Club and a member at both the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and Barefoot Bay Golf and Country Club, where she was club champion and carded a hole-in-one. Bid enjoyed her time as a member of the Catholic Ladies Discussion Group.

In her spare time she enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, reading and watching sports. She was a fantastic cheerleader for all of her grandkids and attended as many sporting events as she could. She loved spending time with her family.

Bid is survived by her daughters, Ellen (Gary) Longcore, of Suttons Bay, Liza (Arnie) VanNunen, of Traverse City; sons, Don (Claudette), of Traverse City, Jim (Linda), of Traverse City, and John (Deborah), of Viera, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister, Nan Slane, of Auburn, Calif.

In addition to her husband, Bid was preceded in death by her infant grandson, Jeffery; and siblings, Sophie Rose, Tony Tarchinski, Evelyn Whiting and Loretta Plamondon.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be led by Father James Hayden on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bid may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the Dogwood Wing at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dogwood for the exceptional care they provided to Bid over the last two years.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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