Elaine Joyce Luthy, 95, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Suite Living Senior Living in Marion. Elaine was born on June 19, 1926, to the late John and Lydia Millhisler. She graduated from Holt High School in Michigan, and then went on to Taylor University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She taught music at Mississinewa Schools for 29 years and she attended Upland Community Church. She was a talented musician and loved to play the piano and organ. On June 12, 1949, she married Frederick Luthy, and he preceded her in death on August 23, 1999. Elaine was a loving, giving, and caring person, and was a strong prayer warrior. She was loved so immensely by her family that she could never have imagined how much she will be missed. She was a wonderful mother and nana, and her passing will leave a void that cannot be filled.
Elaine is survived by her children, Darla (Steven) McPhail and Craig (Paula) Luthy, both of Upland; grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) McPhail, Kendra (John) Chun, Tara (Andy) Swanson, Chad (Erin) Luthy, and Chelsee (Ryan) Jones; and great-grandchildren, Olivia and Andrew McPhail, Kaley and Kennedy Chun, Myelle, Adalynn, Bria, and Jacob Swanson, Jadyn, Malakai, and Zander Luthy, and Kaiden, Kenzie, and Kooper Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lydia; husband, Fred; brother, Virgil Millhisler; and sister, Jo McNamara.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Suite Living Senior Living and Stillwater Hospice for the amazing care they gave to Elaine. They cannot express enough how grateful they are for the incredible staff and how they all treated Elaine as if she was their own family.
Arrangements for Elaine have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 259 North Main Street, Upland. A graveside service will be held with family in attendance. Contributions may be made to the Frederick and Elaine Luthy Scholarship Fund at Taylor University. Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.armeshuntfuneralhome.com.
Oscar Ramos wrote on May 20, 2022:
"Elaine lives now in the glorious and luminous presence of God beyond any pain and human limitation. We thank God for her life and elevate a prayer for the whole family. In the name of the Order of Elders receive our love and gratitude for so many years of ministry alongside Rev. Frederick. "
Herb Buwalda wrote on May 18, 2022:
"The Luthy?s lived behind my parents home on Joyce Street, Upland. Very nice folks. I also had Fred for a class in Christian Education. Prayers for all. "
email@example.com wrote on May 11, 2022:
"She was a gracious person. And there always seemed to be something regal about her. She was kind and quiet and warm and cheered the world with her music. When she was home she was an avid stair-climber. She is missed. Roger and Rosie Phillips"
Bonnie Davis wrote on May 9, 2022:
"So sorry for your loss. Her sweet spirit and beautiful smile was such a blessing to us. Our hearts were touched by her kindness and love. Praying for all you during this difficult time. Blessings, Stan and Bonnie Davis"
Cogden75@outlook .com wrote on May 8, 2022:
"I?m so sorry for your families loss, Craig. Sending prayers to all of you.
Cheryl Greer Gingerich "
Bev Klepser wrote on May 7, 2022:
"Darla, Craig, and extended family,
I loved your mom so much and my many visits with her even when she was still living in the family house on Wright. It was such a joy to take her to Suite Living with me where she assisted me by playing the piano for my monthly Sunday church for the residents. The last time I saw her, we went out to the piano there. It was her request for me to sing while she played. Elaine, I loved you so very much. How I will miss our sweet times! ???"
Emilie Gilbert wrote on May 7, 2022:
"Hello Craig, I am so sorry to hear about your dear mother. I remember meeting her. Your mom was such a beautiful lady and very nice. I send you my sincere condolences. My prayers are with you. May God bless your family with His peace during your time of loss. "
Lisa Beneke wrote on May 6, 2022:
"Just loved this woman. She was my music teacher and she knew me every time I saw her through the years. Her kind spirit was a blessing to everyone she met. Prayers for the family. Lisa Shively Beneke"
Karen Beach wrote on May 6, 2022:
"Even though we only met years ago; I have heard nothing but wonderful memories from your family on how much you were loved and what a amazing woman you were.
My sincere condolences to the family members/friends who will miss you and were blessed to have known and loved you. ?
Karen and Don Beach."
Gary Olynger wrote on May 6, 2022:
"I had Mrs. Luthy in the early 1960's. She was that type of person that everyone liked. She will be missed. Gary Olynger"
Janice wrote on May 6, 2022:
"Darla, Steve, and family, we're so sorry you've experienced this loss. Elaine is a loving, caring person, and she'll be greatly missed. We know she's rejoicing in the arms of Jesus, and we ask that Jesus wrap His loving arms around you all to comfort you in her absence from this world. Love & prayers, Bob & Janice Miller"
Chris Kennedy wrote on May 5, 2022:
"We are so sorry for your loss. Elaine must have been a wonderful lady to have raised such a great son like you, Craig!
We are praying for you, Paula, your sister and your family.
- Chris and Kim Kennedy "
Barb Slagle Richardson…Kentucky wrote on May 5, 2022:
"My sincere condolences to you Darla, and all your family...May your fondest of memories take you all through this difficult time?"
Patty Martin wrote on May 5, 2022:
"I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time. When we used to get together for the holidays, I always enjoyed Elaine?s visits. She was such a sweet, joyful, quiet lady with a wonderful smile. "
Rhonda Cox wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Mrs. Luthy is one of those teachers you don't easily forget. She taught music at East Elementary School and inspired myself and probably many others to include music in their lives. I learned piano as a young child as a result and am grateful for her influence and for the role music has played in my life. More importantly, she exemplified a godly life. I celebrate her life with you and will be praying for you all."
Penny Haynes Bundy wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Mrs Luthy was a wonderful , dedicated teacher. I have many happy memories of music classes with her at J.C. Knight School. She helped instill in me, and I believe in others, a lifelong appreciation and love for all genres of music. I am very grateful to have had Mrs. Luthy as a teacher. I offer my sincere condolences to her family and all who also knew and loved her. May she rest in peace."
Jean (Rudy) Cowan wrote on May 5, 2022:
"I am so sorry for your loss. Family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers."
Dixi Fischer wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Mrs Luthy was a wonderful music teacher and person. My condolences to her family and friends."
Cheryl (Himelick) Allen wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Condolences from The Jack & Judy Himelick family."
Cindy Holloway wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Our thoughts are w/ you, Craig, Paula, and family.