Elaine Ferreira Niemi

June 8, 2020

Elaine Ferreira Niemi died peacefully in her home in Boca Raton Fl on June 8 with her husband of 44 years at her side. Elaine was a Real Estate Broker, Accomplished Artist, Community Leader, Amazing Wife, and a Wonderful Friend. She was predeceased by her father John Ferreira and mother Louise Ferreira. She is survived by her brothers John Ferreira and Mark Ferreira.

Elaine grew up on Cape Cod and attended Falmouth High School graduating in the Class of 1968. She attended LaSalle Jr College and Boston State.

In 1975 Elaine met her husband Alan who had just completed his military service and was attending graduate school in Boston. Following graduate school, the couple moved to California to start their careers. Working with the leading California builder and developer Elaine distinguished herself as a Real Estate Broker. She received numerous awards and was recognized as one of the top new home sales professionals in Southern California. In her spare time, Elaine became an accomplished and talented artist with the Anaheim Art Association & Guild winning several juried art awards.

With her husband’s promotion in the financial industry, Elaine moved to Lees Summit, Missouri a suburb of Kansas City MO. While in Lee’s Summit she began to apply all of her many talents. She became active in the local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Lees Summit Hospital Auxiliary and Hospital Foundation Board. As time passed Elaine was elected President of the Hospital Auxiliary, a 200+ member organization. The Auxiliary’s mission was to raise funds for the purchase of life-saving health equipment and other resources needed by the hospital and community. Under her stewardship fund gathering was taken to another level with numerous successful events and activities. Her proudest moment was, as outgoing President, being named the Auxiliary Member of the Year, an award rarely given to outgoing Presidents. She also got then Missouri Governor John Ashcroft’s attention. The Governor sent Elaine a personal handwritten note thanking her for her “outstanding contributions to the Lees Summit Community and the citizens of Missouri”. In between her community responsibilities Elaine took time to develop a love for tennis as well as a love for her tennis pals and many friends. 

When her husband was sent back to California one last time Elaine applied her love for reading by working as an administrative consultant for a leading children’s book author, writer, and speaker.

Upon her husband’s retirement, the couple moved back to Cape Cod so they could be close to their parents and family. Eventually, they decided to settle in the warm year-round climate of Boca Raton, FL.

Elaine loved traveling and sailing. She enjoyed accompanying her husband on overseas and domestic trips. Disco dancing into the early morning hours she especially loved while cruising. Some of her fondest memories were the voyages she and her husband shared with her late mother.   

Elaine requested there be no service and asked for those she loves and love her to remember the wonderful times and experiences shared. A “Memorial Gathering” on Cape Cod will be announced at a future date.

Elaine was adored by everyone she met because of her natural gift for kindness, fairness, and genuine respect for others. Loved and treasured by her family and friends Elaine will be remembered for her joy of life, honesty, integrity, as well as her thoughtfulness and boundless capacity for love. 

She has asked that remembrances in her name be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

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