Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 21, 2013

Eleanor Seiter Douglass Died July 16, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Eleanor S. Douglass, 90, of Traverse City, passed away July 16, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. Eleanor was born on May 8, 1923, in Detroit, to the late J. Earl Seiter and Blanche H. Alexander.

She grew up in Towson, Md., and graduated from the University of Maryland.

After graduation she worked as a time and motion study engineer for Glen L. Martin during World War II. After the war she worked for McCormick Tea and Spice Company.

On June 9, 1951, Eleanor married Robert C. Douglass in Baltimore, Md. The couple moved to the Detroit area and raised their family in Farmington Hills, where Eleanor was a member of the Farmington Area Naturalist Group.

She was passionate about wildflowers, and she frequently gave presentations to area schools on the topic. Other hobbies included gardening, crewel embroidery and reading.

She later moved to Southfield, Adrian, and finally Traverse City, where she had lived since 1999.

She volunteered for the Head Start program, reading books to children in both Adrian and Traverse City.

Eleanor was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City and enjoyed participating in the Love, Inc. group.

Eleanor is survived by her five children and their spouses, Lisa and José Torres, of Enfield, N.H., Robert and Patricia Douglass, of Vancouver, Wash., Mark and Linda Douglass, of Kingsley, Dorothy “Dori” and Dan Livy, of Louisville, Ky., and Amy Douglass and Gerald Grossman, of Newberry. She is also survived by sisters, Margaret Graham, of Brookings, Ore., and Jodi Dean, of Peoria, Ill.; as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and her sister, Kay Roys.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Monday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. A reception with refreshments will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City or to the Boardman River Nature Center in care of the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with Eleanor’s family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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