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George Goodspeed

Dec 06, 1934 - Nov 28, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

George William Goodspeed, born in Bancroft, MI December 6, 1934, was a week away from turning 89 when he passed the morning of November 28, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1953. He was active in all aspects of his life, spending summers on the farm as a child and playing sports well into his 70's. George played football (high school & college), track, basketball (Gus Macker), softball, boxing (Golden Gloves), running (including th...Read More

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David E. Hough

Aug 16, 1938 - Feb 09, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. David E. Hough, age 85 years of Fremont, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born on August 16, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan to Orville and Elizabeth (Lichtenwald) Hough. David is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Janczyk) Hough. A Private Family Graveside will take place at Bridgeton Township Cemetery. You can sign the online guestbook at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont. To to the family or in memory of David E. Hough, please

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Alice Rikans

Nov 22, 1947 - Feb 29, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Alice Rikans, 76, passed away peacefully on February 29, 2024, after bravely battling liver cancer for the last five years. She fought until the very last moment and was finally given a reprieve and called home while surrounded by her devoted husband and two daughters. Alice was born on November 22, 1947, in Noord Scharwaude, The Netherlands. She immigrated to the United States with her family and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1956. However, she never forgot where she came from and a semblance of her heritage can be found in every room of her house including tulips, Delft pottery, a vintage Dutch wall clock, numerous porcelain Dutch row houses, and an immense collection of the Dutch Santa Claus himself; Sinterklaas. She was also an avid crafter and there was no craft skill she did not have; from cross stitching to crocheting to sewing to scrapbooking to gnome making, she was immensely talented. Alice and her immediate family also enjoyed an immense love for the great Mickey Mouse, and she loved visiting Walt Disney World with her family as much as she could and truly enjoyed experiencing all the Mouse had to offer when experiencing it with her Grandson on his first few trips. Alice is preceded in death by her parents; Alice, and Andrew Groot, her brothers; Case Groot and John Groot, as well as her brother-in-law; Tim Schoen. She is survived by her husband; John Rikans, her daughter; Tricia Rikans, her daughter and daughter-in-law; Jennifer, and Tiffany Cribbs, her grandson; John Benton Cribbs, as well as her fur babies; Kahlua and Bailey, and her grand-fur babies; Wall-E, Sampson, and Thor. Alice is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law; Nick and Sally Groot, sister; Agnes Schoen, sister-in-law; Rose Groot, sister and brother-in-law; Jane and Paul Esch, brother-in-law; Gary Jones, sister; Linda Kaminski, sister and brother-in-law; Mary and Ken Kieras, sister; Liz Groot, as well as a plethora of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your favorite dog and/or animal rescue, as that was something Alice was passionate about. It is very hard to lose people we thought would never leave. But, we will be okay because we have no choice. When we lose people we love, we must find a way to keep going for the people we still have. To to the family or in memory of Alice Rikans, please

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Joan Loveland

Aug 07, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Joan (Hoogterp) Loveland, 85, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, under Hospice care and in the presence of her three daughters and other family members. Joan was born in Wyoming Park, Michigan, the first of 13 children born to Dorothy and Peter Hoogterp. In her high school years, she attended Marywood Academy in Grand Rapids, and The Madona House school in Combermere, Ontario, before graduating from Kent City High School as valedictorian in 1956. She married Karl Loveland, Sr., the summer after graduation. The young couple lived and worked on farms across western and central Michigan, and had a son and three daughters together. Following a divorce, Joan lived in Grand Rapids, where she raised her children and worked for many years as an office manager at Grand Rapids Spring and Wire Company. During that time, she fell in love with a piece of property in the Isabella County community of Blanchard. With her children grown, she moved north to what she always called “The Land.” There, she designed an energy-efficient home and happily settled in, with an amazing community of friends and neighbors, and a new job in the office of Olson Tire in nearby Mt. Pleasant. Joan believed in serving – perhaps something she had learned from her parents and from the religious community in Combermere. She led a 4H group while her children were young, and volunteered at Switchboard Crisis hotline while in Grand Rapids. In Blanchard, she was a master gardener, volunteering at events and working to maintain the Victim’s Garden in Mt. Pleasant. She helped to bring recycling to Blanchard and was faithfully there to help people the first Saturday of the month for many years. She served on the park board in Blanchard and was very active in the AARP/IRS tax program, helping people to file their taxes at no cost. She lived her values every day. Joan had an independent spirit and always amazed her children and grandchildren with what she knew and what she could do. She was an incredible role model of how one can live life. She looked small but was a mighty force. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law, Karl and Anne Loveland; and by her siblings, Ruth Ashley, Terri Foley, Frank Hoogterp, Tom Hoogterp, Mary Hoogterp, and Barb Rowe. She is survived by her daughters, Chris Wysocki (Gary Blok), Jean (Jim) Wysocki, Judy Loveland (John Jaquays); siblings, Mart (Barb) Hoogterp, Ed (Millie) Hoogterp, Angie Hoogterp (Bobbie Rosencrans), Sara (Mike) Yob, Sue (Doug) Shank and Dan (Helena) Hoogterp. She also has 7 grandchildren, Mike Wysocki, Megan (Aric) Davis, Sam Loveland, Nick Loveland (Ariel Arnold), Holly Curry (Andrew Conlon), Dan (Nikki) Curry, Jerry (Susan) Loveland; and 8 great grandchildren, Braelyn Likes, Neko Loveland, Maddie Davis, Ashly Hancock (Frank Plodizk II), Kendra Loveland, Addison Loveland, Oliver Curry, Olivia Curry and Aiden Jaquays. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 1 pm at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE in Belmont. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, from 4-7 pm and 1 hour prior to the funeral.

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Joan (Hoogterp) Loveland

Aug 07, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Joan (Hoogterp) Loveland, 85, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, under Hospice care and in the presence of her three daughters and other family members. Joan was born in Wyoming Park, Michigan, the first of 13 children born to Dorothy and Peter Hoogterp. In her high school years, she attended Marywood Academy in Grand Rapids, and The Madona House school in Combermere, Ontario, before graduating from Kent City High School as valedictorian in 1956. She married Karl Loveland, Sr., the summer after graduation. The young couple lived and worked on farms across western and central Michigan, and had a son and three daughters together. Following a divorce, Joan lived in Grand Rapids, where she raised her children and worked for many years as an office manager at Grand Rapids Spring and Wire Company. During that time, she fell in love with a piece of property in the Isabella County community of Blanchard. With her children grown, she moved north to what she always called “The Land.” There, she designed an energy-efficient home and happily settled in, with an amazing community of friends and neighbors, and a new job in the office of Olson Tire in nearby Mt. Pleasant. Joan believed in serving – perhaps something she had learned from her parents and from the religious community in Combermere. She led a 4H group while her children were young, and volunteered at Switchboard Crisis hotline while in Grand Rapids. In Blanchard, she was a master gardener, volunteering at events and working to maintain the Victim’s Garden in Mt. Pleasant. She helped to bring recycling to Blanchard and was faithfully there to help people the first Saturday of the month for many years. She served on the park board in Blanchard and was very active in the AARP/IRS tax program, helping people to file their taxes at no cost. She lived her values every day. Joan had an independent spirit and always amazed her children and grandchildren with what she knew and what she could do. She was an incredible role model of how one can live life. She looked small but was a mighty force. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law, Karl and Anne Loveland; and by her siblings, Ruth Ashley, Terri Foley, Frank Hoogterp, Tom Hoogterp, Mary Hoogterp, and Barb Rowe. She is survived by her daughters, Chris Wysocki (Gary Blok), Jean (Jim) Wysocki, Judy Loveland (John Jaquays); siblings, Mart (Barb) Hoogterp, Ed (Millie) Hoogterp, Angie Hoogterp (Bobbie Rosencrans), Sara (Mike) Yob, Sue (Doug) Shank and Dan (Helena) Hoogterp. She also has 7 grandchildren, Mike Wysocki, Megan (Aric) Davis, Sam Loveland, Nick Loveland (Ariel Arnold), Holly Curry (Andrew Conlon), Dan (Nikki) Curry, Jerry (Susan) Loveland; and 8 great grandchildren, Braelyn Likes, Neko Loveland, Maddie Davis, Ashly Hancock (Frank Plodizk II), Kendra Loveland, Addison Loveland, Oliver Curry, Olivia Curry and Aiden Jaquays. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 1 pm at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE in Belmont. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, from 4-7 pm and 1 hour prior to the funeral.

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Harriet Piccard

Jun 08, 1937 - Feb 12, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Harriet Piccard, a cherished and loving mother, passed away peacefully of natural causes on February 12, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born on June 8, 1937, the daughter of Gerit "John" and Frances (Roelofs) Veldhuis, Harriet's life was a tapestry of love, dedication, and joyful moments shared with those she held dear. Harriet's journey began in the heart of Michigan, where she grew up surrounded by the love of her family. A proud graduate of Ravenna High School in 1955, she carried the lessons of her youth throughout her life, weaving them into the fabric of her own family. Before embracing the full-time role of a farmer's wife, Harriet contributed to the world as a telephone operator, connecting people with her kind voice and caring demeanor. Married to her beloved husband, Henry R. Piccard, Jr., for 59 years, Harriet's life was a testament to enduring love and partnership. Together, they cultivated not just the land, but a family legacy that would flourish for generations. Though she was preceded in death by Henry, her son Charles Edward Piccard, her parents, her sister Geraldine Huizenga, and several in-laws, her spirit of resilience and love remains a guiding light for her family. Harriet's legacy is carried on by her loving children, Cindy (Mike) Zaagman, Cathy (Mark) Meyer, Robert (Lindy) Piccard, Sandy (Dale) Billingsley, Donna (Bradley) Breternitz, and Kim (Tim) Ellerbrock. Her life was further enriched by the joy of her 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, who will continue to grow in the glow of her memory. Harriet is also survived by her twin brother Harvey (Laura) Veldhuis, brother Ronald (Vicki) Veldhuis, brother-in-law James Piccard, sister-in-law Elaine (Wally) VanHouten, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who were all touched by her kindness and grace. Harriet's interests painted a picture of a woman who found beauty and excitement in the simple pleasures of life. She was an avid gardener in her younger years, nurturing her plants with the same care she gave to her family. Her love for playing card games, enjoying bingo, and the occasional visit to the casino were sources of great joy and laughter. She enjoyed wintering in Palmetto, Florida and playing Shuffleboard. Above all, Harriet's heart was most full when she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whose lives she enriched with her unwavering support and unconditional love. Those who knew Harriet will remember her for her gentle spirit, her generous heart, and her ability to make every person she met feel like family. Her home was a haven of warmth and hospitality, where the door was always open, and the coffee pot was always on. She was a long time member of Trinity Congregational Church. Harriet's life was a reflection of her values: family, faith, and the joy of being together. In the quiet moments, we will find Harriet in the blooming of a flower, the shuffle of a deck of cards, and the laughter of children. Her presence will be felt in every family gathering, every shared meal, and every tender moment between loved ones. Harriet Piccard's life was a gift to us all, and her memory will be treasured forever. Memorial contributions in memory of Harriet can be made to Trinity Congregational Church or the Marne American Legion. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and again from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Throop Funeral Home, 214 Church St, Coopersville, MI 49404. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Congregational Church, 2725 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM with a one-hour visitation prior at 10:00 AM. A luncheon will follow. Interment at Washington Park Memorial Gardens. Services provided by Throop Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit, https://www.throopfh.com.Throop Funeral Home, Coopersville, MI. Ph. 616-837-8161

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Beverly Jane "Bev" Balcom

Mar 09, 1944 - Feb 26, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Beverly Jane "Bev" Balcom, age 79, of Elwell, MI, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024, at Corewell Health- Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, MI. Funeral Services will be held at Restoration 58:12 Nazarene Church, St. Louis, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 29, 2024, with Pastor Jake Gregory officiating. Burial will take place at Seville Township Cemetery, Elwell, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI and also on Thursday at the church the hour prior to the service. Beverly was born in St. Johns, Michigan on March 9, 1944, the daughter of Duane Carlyle and Bertha Mae (Harlow) Pendell. She graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1962. Bev married Dale R. Balcom on December 10, 1994, at the St. Louis Church of the Nazarene. Bev retired from Greenville Acres AFC after 32 years of service working in administration. She enjoyed bowling and working in her flower gardens. Bev played drums with the Jericho Jubilee Trio for many years. Bev and Dale enjoyed the last 14 winters at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Florida. She volunteered her time there in the kitchen and would help wherever she was needed. She was a member of Restoration 58:12 St. Louis Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband Dale Balcom, children: Wally and Shannon Schneider, and Tami Mahler; step-children: Dana Balcom, Marla and Thomas Redman, and Brian and Jennifer Balcom, siblings: Roger and Mary Pendell, Mary and Larry Cooper, and Cheryl and Sid Hull. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Christopher Schneider, Joshua Schneider, Farrand Schneider, Keeleigh Mahler, Quincee Mahler, Averee Mahler, Baylee Hilgendorf, Alex Redman, Casey Redman, Daniel Thanasiu, Lucas Slater, Noah Slater, Michaela Slater, and Bethany Slater; and great-grandchildren: Claire Slater and Cohen Slater. She was preceded in death by her parents Duane and Bertha Pendell and father and mother-in- law Mort and Mildred Balcom. Memorials may be made to Restoration 58:12 Nazarene Church - St. Louis for missions, 1001 West Washington Street, St. Louis, MI 48880. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, Michigan.

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Mary Jean Stellema

Jun 20, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Stellema, Mary 6/20/1938-2/27/2024Mary Jean Stellema (Heeren) age 85, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 27, 2024, and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. The family is comforted by Psalm 116:15 which says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”Despite walking through many difficult circumstances in her life, Mary’s faith in Jesus was truly evident in the way she loved and served others. She will be deeply missed by her surviving children, Cathie and Tim Frisosky, Cheri and Greg Niemeier and Lisa and Kevin Clouser. She is preceded in death by her son, Tom Stellema and her grandsons, Nathan Niemeier and Micah Niemeier.She will also be greatly missed by her surviving grandchildren: Jeffrey and Rae House-Niemeier, Matthew Niemeier, Jordan Niemeier, Kimberlee Frisosky, Andy and Leah Frisosky, Whitney and Rob Blair, Michael Eyk, Shandra Scheuermann, Matthew and Emily Miller, and Kat and Tim Miller-Stachowski.Mary is also survived by her 12 great grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Jean Heeren (Vanderlaan); brothers Edwin Heeren(Pat), Robert Heeren, and sister Audrey Wiltjer.Mary showed her love for her family in amazing ways. She attended sporting events, plays, musical concerts, and anything her children or grandchildren were involved in. She was always there encouraging them and cheering them on. As a grandma, she was extremely brave and supportive. Mary would courageously take care of her 5 grandsons.They have fond memories of their exciting adventures with her which sometimes included Papa John’s pizza, orange pop, and their favorite snacks. Other grandkids remember watching old episodes of “I love Lucy” and “White Christmas” many times over as they enjoyed their favorite treats.Mary made birthdays, holidays, and even Sunday dinners a memorable occasionfor her children and grandchildren. Her tradition of making special recipes that she knew would disappear quickly; whether comfort food enjoyed around the table together or delicious “dutch treat” (banket), or homemade fudge or puppy chow; she let everyone know how deeply she valued and treasured them.Mary worked at AAA from 1979-2005 in various capacities where she built many great relationships, including her best friend, Norma Nammensma. Throughout the years Mary and Norma took time every evening to connect over a phone to share the challenges and celebrations of the day. This continued until the end of 2023 when the disease of dementia took away Mary’s ability to continue their daily talks.After retiring from AAA Mary began working at Costco where she cheerfully handed out samples until her 80th birthday. No matter where Mary would go, people would recognize her as the “sample lady” and remember the warmth of her smile and the kindness of her heart.Mary found another passion that gave her purpose and strong faith-based relationships after she left Costco. She started volunteering at Mission India Thrift Store. The proceeds from the store support Mission India’s ministry work with Indian Christian partners to share the Gospel and plant churches.A visitation will take place on Tuesday March 5th at Zaagman Memorial Chapel from 5PM to 7PM. A funeral service will be held the following day, Wednesday, March 6th at Zaagman Memorial Chapel at 11AM, with family welcoming friends at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission India 1142 44th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508.

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Louise Ruth Spoolstra

May 11, 1935 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Louise Ruth Spoolstra, born May 11, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 27, 2024, and is now in the presence of her heavenly Father. She was proceeded in death by her brothers Phillip and Paul Evers and by brothers-in-law Clarence Vos and Willard VanEck. She will always be remembered for her humble, kind, and sweet personality. She enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing her love for Jesus with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Louise was a faithful witness in the way she lived her life. She enjoyed music, singing in her church choir and travels to Europe and Israel with her family. Louise was awarded the outstanding civilian service award by the Department of the Air Force for her 30 years of service. Louise will be missed by her children: Ronald and Kathleen Scholten; Mark and Christina Spoolstra; William and Karen Kamp; and Michael and Jan Barnes; her grandchildren: Sarah (Robert) Lara; Jonathon (Erin) Scholten; Jordan Scholten; Stephen, Andrew, Katherine and Leah Spoolstra; Erik (Jacquelyn) Kamp; Kelly (Jason) Voss; William (Samantha) Kamp; Lauren (Shawn) Valentine; and Patrick and Christian Barnes; great-grandchildren: Zeke and Gabe Lara; Theodore Scholten; Kahlan, Logan, and Malachi Kamp; Zachery, Samuel and Kaydence Voss; and Aria and Talia Valentine; sisters Eunice Vos, Phyllis (Vince) DiVenere, and Ruth VanEck; brother Gilbert (Joanne) Evers; and sister-in-law Joyce Evers. Visitation with the family will be at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton SE, on Friday, March 1, from 1-2 pm, followed by the funeral immediately at 2 pm. There will be a private burial service with the family at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Campus Crusade for Christ in support of Matt and Michelle Kent or to Holland Home Resident Assistance Fund. The family would like to express its profound thanks to the nursing and medical staff at Trinity Health Grand Rapids and the nursing staff at Raybrook Holland Home for the wonderful care they gave Louise.

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Frederick Alan Booth

Dec 28, 1954 - Feb 21, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Frederick (Fred) Alan Booth passed away peacefully at home with his family surrounding him on February 21, 2024 after a short illness battling pulmonary fibrosis. Fred was born on December 28, 1954 to Robert and Bernadette Booth. He attended Kentwood schools. Fred married Barbara April 30, 1982. He worked hard all his life; driving for Canteen for 30 years and then started his second career as a property manager where he retired from Sun Communities in 2020. Fred was a patient and kind man who never lost his cool. He was always nice to everyone and a natural caretaker. He took care of his family and worked two jobs to support them. He was a baseball coach to his three stepsons, and his daughter, Chelsea, who was the light of his life. Fred is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter, Chelsea Booth, his step children; Stephanie (Jim) Mulcahy, Brian (Alicia) Gravitter, Matthew Gravitter, and the late Todd Gravitter. He had seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Fed is also survived by his siblings, Bob (Jodi) Booth, Rick (Gail) Booth, Becky Reeder, Ed (Laurie) Booth, Carrie (Terry) Haugen, and Valerie (Rick) Haugen. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 22, 2024 at Wedgewood Park 3301 Wilson Ave. SW Grandville, MI from 1pm to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Corewell Hospice 750 Fuller NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Arrangements made by Memorial Alternatives Grand Rapids, MI To to the family or in memory of Frederick A. Booth, please

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Mary Francis Chambliss (Newby)

Apr 17, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mary Francis Chambliss (Newby), of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away on February 24 after a battle with her health and heart. Her heart was so big, loving, brave, courageous, and full. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time she passed. She was able to pass on knowing that she would be cared for and we would be alright as she went to reconnect with dad again. Mary (Mae) F. Chambliss was born to the late Meartie B. Newby on April 17, 1946, in Helena, Alabama (Jacksonville County). Meartie B and family relocated to Grand Rapids, MI in the early 1950’s. This is where she grew up with her family, made life-long friendships, graduated from H.S, went to Davenport college, fell in love in the 1960’s and met the love of her life, Edward Gerald Chambliss, and they wed and started on her next journey from Newby to being Mrs. Chambliss (Mama Chambliss). She was the mother of four daughters, Valerie, Cassandra (Gail), Lynda, and April. Our lovely mom was God fearing and a devoted Baptist. As a lady of grace and in His favor, she made sure that God was at the center of all of her decisions and in the way she raised and reared us. We grew up in the church and choir, and our mom was the church secretary at New St. Mark’s Baptist Missionary Church during that time. She also made sure that we knew our dad’s side of the family. Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Wright was a part of our lives growing up as Godparents (Second Baptist in Kalamazoo, MI.) When Mom had her first child, she decided to dedicate her life to being a loving wife, devoted mother, and raising a wonderful family. Mom excelled at motherhood and was the foundation of our family, through and through. After the passing of her husband at the age 36, she put her girls first and their successes and happiness. She was an excellent provider and carer of others, especially sacrificing and committing her life to the love, care, and welfare of her family. She dedicated her life to her family, her work, and in the service of others. Mom has always been there, willing to be the monarch of our family. The love that we as children have for our mom is expressed in many, many ways---in actions and in words. Mom was appreciated, admired, and full of unspoken gratitude that is in every child’s heart. We love you and will miss your warmth, kindness, radiant smile, laughter, quick wit, classic beauty, and limitless grace. God called home His child and heaven got another angel. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Chambliss, her mother Meartie B Newby, Junior (Jr.) her eldest brother, and her eldest sister, Virginia B. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie, Lynda and April, as well as many grandchildren (Temia, Ronnise, Isaiah, Micheal, and Tatyana), grandpup Bella Baby, nieces, nephews, and friends. Along with her very special childhood and family friend Mrs. Violet Blackmon (Walker). Her siblings are listed from oldest to youngest, Her eldest brother Junior (Jr.), Virginia Brinkley, Glenda (Gigi) McDowell, Sheila Spates, George Allen Spates, and Kim Newby originally all from Michigan. After graduation from Central High School, she attended Davenport Community College. Mary Chambliss spent her working years with the State of Michigan, up to her retirement (Secretary of State office, Tether Unit, Probate Court, Administrative Building for Corrections, and retired out of MDOT Special Crews). Mary excelled at propping up her daughters, family, and friends while supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. If you would like to pay your respects, you are welcome to attend her visitation that we as a family are holding in her honor on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Zaagman’s Memorial Chapel from 5-8 pm. Light refreshments (coffee and water are available). At a later date and time in Spring 2024, we will have a celebration of her birth and life as we reconnect dad and mom at his Garfield Park Cemetery plot (section 15 lot A (7A grave). (Mom’s birthday is April 17, 2024).

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