Elaine Ewart Blakeslee Michaelis


On March 14, 1925, the fourth child of Victor and Kathryn Blohm Ewart was born in Evanston. She was named Elaine Charlotte. She graduated from Evanston High School in 1943, and that October, she went to work at Uinta Title and Insurance Co.

She married George E. Blakeslee in Payette, Idaho, Aug. 4, 1947. At the time of this marriage, she gained a stepdaughter, Shirley Blakeslee, who later married Raymond B. Smith. Ray and Shirley during the years presented Elaine and George with three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

To the marriage of George and Elaine were born two children, Georgia Blakeslee (who later married Dennis Harvey) and Bruce “Sonny” Blakeslee, married to Margaret Homer. Five grandchildren were born to Georgia and Sonny and later five great-grandsons, her own basketball team.

After the death of George in 1978, Elaine married Alvin L. “Mac” Michaelis in Evanston. This brought into her life two more stepchildren, Jerry L. (Juanita) Michaelis and Kenneth L. (Elaine), Michaelis, five more grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mac died in 2003.

Elaine is survived by all of those above. In 1969, Elaine purchased an interest in Uinta Title and a short time later became the sole owner. She divided the company in two, Uinta Title and Insurance Specialists, where she worked until her retirement in 1992.

She died on March 29, 2018.

Mom had a happy life and always said the sun shined much more than it rained. Her parents, both husbands and her siblings, Thomas J. Ewart, Ruth Francis Taylor and Rod Ewart preceded her in death.

At her request, her body has been donated to the University of Utah Medical School. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Hunting Hall, 10th and Sage, Evanston, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, where memories of her life are to be shared with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers try a new recipe and invite family and friends to share it with you except for lime Jell-O with pineapple and horseradish (we kids hated it).

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