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Lois Elaine Traines

February 3, 1932 May 3, 2020
Lois Elaine Traines
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Lois Elaine Traines, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. She was born February 3, 1932, in Clare, Michigan, daughter of the late Leo and Frances (Gorringe) Brown. She is survived by her husband Irwin; children, Steve (Connie) Traines of Melbourne, FL, Deanne (Larry) Blodgett of Mt. Pleasant and David (Elizabeth) Traines of Traverse City; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and her younger sisters, Marilyn Miller of Arizona and Janice (Jon) Zdybel of Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Sharon Traines and Phil Traines; and many good friends and relatives. Everyone who knew Lois called her Bunny, the name was given to her when she was only two by her grandmother when she was trying on a wool snowsuit made out of an old coat. She looked at her and said she looks as cute as a bunny and the name stuck and she was known as Bunny from then on. She married Irwin Traines on May 6, 1950, in Clare the same year she graduated high school. At the time she was working as a soda fountain attendant at a Clare drugstore. Since they married at such a young age Irwin who was 20 at the time likes to say he married his child bride. May 6, 2020 would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. She was swept off her feet by Irwin at a Clare high school football game while Irwin was on leave from his stint in the army. She converted to Judaism shortly after marriage and participated as a Sunday school teacher while she worked as a homemaker raising her five kids. After raising her children she returned to school to receive a teaching degree from Central Michigan University. She was an avid crafter and was a very skilled seamstress, knitter and quilter. She also enjoyed playing mahjong in her older years and bridge her entire life. She was a member of the hospital auxiliary for many years where she made pillows for patients in maternity. She was a very good cook and enjoyed trying out new recipes on her family and friends. Irwin and Bunny owned a cottage on Houghton Lake where memories too numerous to count were made with her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous friends. Later after Irwin retired, they enjoyed spending a few months in the winter in Florida relaxing and enjoying themselves at a beach front resort called the “Sandy Shoes”. They also traveled with friends to many international destinations such as New Zealand, China, United Kingdom, and a Baltic cruise visiting Moscow and Saint Petersburg. She also loved going to stage plays, and musicals and traveled to several places to see different productions. For many years Irwin and Bunny also were members of Central Michigan University Century Club and enjoyed tailgating and going to the CMU football games. Bunny will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Lois was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery during a private service on Wednesday, May 6. The graveside service has been recorded and video of the event is available on her tribute page on the Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home website ( A memorial service will be held in approximately one year’s time to dedicate her headstone and celebrate Bunny's life with family and friends. In lieu of flowers please send contributions in memory of Bunny Traines, to Woodland Hospice House, 2597 S. Meridian Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

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