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Tonya Duke

Oct 29, 1959 - Nov 23, 2023

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Jackson, MI

Of Jackson, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at the age of 64. Her passing on Thanksgiving Day will always be a reminder to the family as to how blessed they were to have Tonya and share her with the World. Tonya's disability reminded us of how Love is a gift and how her unconditional love brought joy to us all. Although communicating with her had its challenges, she knew family and always remembered the times shared. Her smile and genuine laugh brought delight and made others feel goo...Read More

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Edna Maxine Kennedy

May 16, 1926 - Feb 29, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Edna Maxine Kennedy, a beacon of love and selflessness, passed away peacefully on February 29, 2024, at the age of 97, in Jackson, Michigan. Born on May 16, 1926, in Philippi, West Virginia, Edna was a daughter to the late Edgar and Mary Mayle and grew up in a lively household that would shape her into the remarkable woman she became.Edna was married to the love of her life, the late Merideth Kennedy, and together they raised a beautiful family. She was the beloved mother to Jarvine Faulkiner, Pamela Stewart, Marsha Montgomery, Debra Mayle-Stoll, Kim (David) Holt, and the late Nancy Laramie and Kathryn Kennedy. Her legacy continues through her 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, with another cherished soul on the way, and 5 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom brought immense joy and pride to her life.She is also survived by her devoted siblings Tilly Parriman, Connie Mahlee, Paul Mayle, and David Mayle, and was preceded in death by her siblings Nina Mayle, Waldo Mayle, and Ruth Mayle. Edna's extended family of nieces and nephews held a special place in her heart, each of them touched by her nurturing spirit.Edna's life was a testament to her unwavering dedication to her family and community. A proud homemaker, she created a warm and welcoming home where all were greeted with open arms and a generous spirit. Her home was not just a structure but a sanctuary of comfort and joy for those who entered.Her interests reflected her vibrant personality; Edna was a true social butterfly, always ready to engage in conversation and share a laugh. Her love for flowers and gardening was evident in the beautiful blooms that surrounded her home, a colorful testament to her nurturing touch. Edna took great pleasure in entertaining and cooking for others, often hosting gatherings that were the highlight of many social calendars.Always dressed to impress, Edna loved to look her best, believing that a touch of elegance could brighten even the dullest of days. Her organizational skills were unmatched, and she enjoyed putting them to use, whether in planning events or keeping her home in impeccable order.More than anything, Edna was known for her gift of encouragement. She had a remarkable ability to reach out to people, to chat and see how they were doing, always leaving them feeling uplifted and valued. Her thoughtful nature meant she never missed an opportunity to make someone feel special.Edna's impact on the world was profound, not through grand gestures but through the countless small acts of kindness that defined her life. She was the embodiment of thoughtfulness, always considering the needs of others before her own. Her selfless love and unwavering support were her greatest gifts to her family and all who knew her.As we bid farewell to Edna, we celebrate a life rich in love and service. Her memory will continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us of the beauty of a life well-lived, dedicated to family, friends, and the simple joys of togetherness.Edna's life story is one of enduring love and the quiet strength that comes from a generous heart. She will be deeply missed and forever cherished, not only by her family but by all who had the privilege of knowing her. As we reflect on her 97 years among us, we find comfort in the knowledge that her spirit lives on in the lives of those she touched.Edna Maxine Kennedy's journey on earth has concluded, but her legacy of love and kindness will continue to bloom like the flowers she so adored, a lasting tribute to a remarkable woman whose life was a gift to us all.

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Diana Anderson

Feb 14, 1950 - Feb 23, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Of Jackson, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday February 23, 2024 at the age of 74. She will be remembered by her children; Sean (Leah) Anderson, Nicole (Stacy) Sharp, Chris Anderson, grandchildren; Samantha Anderson and Ethan Anderson; brothers, Dan (Sloan) Perry and Doug Johnson; and sister, Deborah (Joey) Bridges. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Anderson; parents, Jordan and Jeannette; and brothers, Dennis Perry and David Johnson. Diana was born in Jackson, Michigan on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1950. She fell in love and married Robert Anderson on February 20, 1971. They raised a family and lived 45 years together until his passing in 2016. Diana occasionally attended Cascades Baptist Church and Ganson Street Baptist Church. She worked a few years outside of the home for the Jackson County Friend of the Court, but for the majority of her life she was blessed with the opportunity to stay at home with her children. Diana loved collecting dolls, antiques, and old postcards. She loved her family more than anything in the world and never missed a family function. She was known for always finding the right card to fit the appropriate occasion ranging from sympathy, graduation, birthday, and anniversaries. She touched the hearts and lives of many and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on May 4, 2024 at 1 PM. The family will receive visitors starting at 11 AM. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan on May 6, 2024 at 1 PM.

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Renate Hurd

Apr 01, 1952 - Feb 25, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Renate Hurd of Jackson, Michigan passed away on Sunday, February 25 after a lengthy illness. She fought courageously and spiritually to her last breath. The love from her devoted siblings, children, grandchildren, and friends were her guiding light to continue to persevere through her health conditions. Renate was born April 1, 1952 as the second child to James Edward Rogers and Marion (Cotton) Rogers. She was a devoted member of Southside Baptist Church in Jackson, Michigan her whole adult life. She loved her Southside Church family and served not only as the secretary but was also the lead vocalist in the church choir. Renate worked for over 40 years as an employee for Consumers Energy. Her hard work, drive, motivation provided a solid foundation for her two sons. She sat aside her desire to complete her education so that her sons could become strong, independent, well-educated black men. Renate was a Renaissance black woman. She loved art, music, theater, and enjoyed reading anything she could get her hands on. Not only did she attend numerous theatrical plays, but Renate was also a member of the community theatre group at Jackson College. She performed in a couple plays and was well known for her classical/ opera voice performance on the play titled, “The Mikado”. If you ever heard her voice, you would say out loud: “She can Sang”. Renate had an affinity for many genres of music. She was very eclectic. Her music playlist ranged from R&B, Motown Soul, Jazz, Gospel, to Opera. Whenever you visited her, you would normally hear some Jazz or Gospel music playing. Renate did extensive work in the community working with the Jackson City Council members as she was the chairperson for her Neighborhood Watch committee. She loved to travel abroad and throughout the United States. Renate was also referred to as Re’nate, Nay, Aunt Nay, and “Naitini” by many of her sons’ friends. She loved her family. Loved her siblings unconditionally. Renate never went more than one day without seeing either of her parents prior to them passing away. She was predeceased by her parents and her granddaughter, Lauren Amil Hurd. Renate is survived by her sons, Gene and Erin; siblings, Rochelle, Royce, Roderick, Deborah and Realestine; and eight grandchildren. Of course, we cannot forget her trusty sidekick/partner, Jack Russell Terrier, Mr. Piddles. A Home Going service will be held at Southside Baptist Church Friday March 1, 2024 at 12:00 P.M. with the family hour beginning at 11:00 A.M. Burial Woodland Cemetery.

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Steven Michael Scofic

Aug 10, 1990 - Jan 11, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Steven Michael Scofic age 33, from Eaton Rapids passed away unexpectedly on January 11th in Jackson, Michigan due to a car accident.Steven was born August 10 at 3:15 AM at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning Georgia, to Mike and Deena Scofic. Steven spent his early years in Eaton Rapids, moved to Grand Ledge as a high school student, and ultimately graduated from Michigan youth challenge Academy. Steven was a gifted welder and was described as “an artist of his craft”, often being asked to weld the most difficult projects as most others were unable to.More important than Steven's education or career is the person he was and his resilience. Steven was a kind, thoughtful, funny, intelligent, grateful, generous, deep thinking man, he loved the outdoors, and could catch a fish out of a puddle! One of his favorite pastimes was beating his cousin/best friend Justin at Mario kart. He loved spotting eagles, finding and researching the deepest lakes, the highest elevations, and the best fishing holes in Michigan. Steven loved being of service to others, especially his grandmother, he would often mow her lawn and sit on her back deck drinking iced tea with her. A Good example of just how selfless and generous Steven was; his step-dad lost his wallet and Steven offered up his paycheck until the wallet reappeared. Steven had a unique sense of humor, sometimes dry, sometimes quirky, mostly movie quotes but always Steven.It is impossible to sufficiently describe Steven's strength without including his struggles. Steven battled with addiction most of his adult life. His addiction was something he fought daily, and he demonstrated ambition and perseverance that was unmatched. His addiction took him to very dark places, but he refused to let the "dragon" (as he called it) win. The shame and immense pain of his battle led him to isolate himself from everyone who loved him in a selfless and sacrificial attempt to protect those he loved most. He recognized the impact his addiction had on others and chose to minimize the pain even though his pain was also unbearable. Steven was intentional about his own recovery and encouraged those around him to do the same. His life serves as a testimony and encouragement to those battling addiction.Steven is preceded in death by his father, Michael Scofic, his grandparents Joe and Pam Scofic, his grandmother Bereada Houston and his Aunt Pam.Steven will forever be loved and remembered by his mom Deena Bunce, Step-Dad Scott, sister Beth (Kevin), brother Noah, nephews Preston and Bentley. His best friend and partner in crime Justin Brininstool, his honorary sister Emily Davies, His second mom Diane Nelson, his Aunt Heidi (Jesse) who tirelessly tried to wrangle the boys, and his close friend mentor Cathy. As well as numerous other Aunts, Kae (Dave) and Jodie (Trevor); Uncle Vernon (Kristin), cousins, friends, and members of the recovery community. Who were all so important to him.A private family gathering will be held this week and the family will receive guests for a bonfire in his honor to celebrate his life on October 25. Steven's final resting place will be in Grand Marais, Mi. This was one of his favorite places, he enjoyed being outdoors and spotting eagles with his grandma.Donations in Steven's honor can be made to Celebrate Recovery at Trinity Church.

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Terrance LaMont Worthey

Apr 28, 1973 - Feb 04, 2024

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Jackson, MI

"Terrance ‘Terry’ LaMont Worthey’s journey began April 28, 1973 to the union of John Lee Worthey and Patricia Anderson-Worthey in Jackson, MI. His journey continues as he peacefully entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, on Sunday morning, February 4, 2024. Blessed with the opportunity to live with his great-grandparents Tommy \u0026amp; Mable Caddell as a young child, Terry often bragged about how spoiled he was while there, along with where his cookie habit was formed. If you know, you know! After their passing he went on to live with his mother and siblings until he graduated high school in 1991. During his youth, Terry formed many life-long friendships including his best friend Michael Hurd, Donnell Ashley, Henry ‘HB’ Brown, Erick Heard and their tight knit group affectionately known as the “Cut Ups” – just to name a few! Legend has it, they did just that! Yet Terry managed to keep a strong work ethic throughout the entire time. He went on to further his education at Jackson College before moving to Detroit, MI. After spending several years in the Motor City, continuing to create life-long friendships and working for various companies, Terry made the conscious decision to return to Jackson the summer of 2010. Later that year, he met Tonja – who would eventually become his wife and life partner – while cashing his work check at a local bank. They often joked about their first date where Terry expressed during dinner he wasn’t interested in a woman with children, but by dessert he’d changed his mind! And on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012 he proposed to Tonja and her four children – Ericka, Monica, Gregory \u0026amp; Marcus at Old Country Buffet. They married on Tonja’s Birthday, June 15, 2013 and he was her best gift ever since. In the Spring of 2012, Terry made the best career decision ever! He accepted a position at Eaton Corporation and walked away from his two other jobs. He enjoyed going to work! It was at a place where co-workers turned into friends and friends became like family. He looked forward to arriving early to carry Ms. Mary Mallett’s (work mom) bag and mingling with the previous shift. From the janitors to the Supervisors, he made an impact on them all. Way too many to name – but you know who you are and the personal relationship you had. Your care and concern for him will never be forgotten! Terry was a loving, caring, giving, supportive, committed, and loyal hardworking man. He was a proud Husband, Father and Papa. His name held weight amongst his community, co-workers and friends. Often described as the ‘Good Guy’ to those that met and knew him. Terry leaves to cherish his memories; his father John Lee Worthey, loving wife of ten years, Tonja; four children – Ericka, Monica, Gregory and Marcus; Three grandchildren – Cameron, Harmony and Nava. Five sisters – Sonya (Terry) Wilson, Heather Murguia, Jessie Westbrook, Kenika (Tremaine) Worthey-Brown, Elma Brown; special sisters – Anna Blythe, Melody (Tim) Jones; Two Sister/Cousins – Kathryn (Lepolean) Hall and Twyla Wright. Two Brothers – D. Christopher Worthey, Edward (Natasha) Westbrook. Brother-in-law – T. David (Regina) Kurtz; Special Uncle Larry (Tracey) Worthey; Eight Aunts – Michele Holmes, Mary Scott, Marilyn Lee, Helen (Robert) Cotton, Linda Worthey, Velma Worthey, Elaine Worthey, Jessie Worthey and Special mom Rose Worthey and a host of amazing uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Anderson-Worthey; great grandparents –Mable (Tommy) Anderson-Cadell; grandparents – Aaron Worthey Sr., Gladys Rhodes McCauley Worthey, Kathryn Anderson-Wright, Richard Anderson and Juanita Matthews. Step-mother Sadie Brown Worthey. Eight uncles – Henry (Count) Brewer, Theodis McCauley, Charles McCauley, Nathaniel Worthey, Aaron Worthey Jr., Billy Worthey, Richard Anderson Jr. and Tyrone Anderson. Four aunts – Cleaster McCauley Towsend, Shirley Worthey, Brenda Mathews, Teresa Wright and niece ShaLynn Wilson."

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Marilyn Joyce Mathis

Jul 18, 1946 - Jan 29, 2024

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Jackson, MI

"Marilyn Joyce Mathis, born July 18, 1946 bringing joy and happiness to the proud parents Charles Shell and Dorothy (Mathis) Tanner (both deceased) Marilyn peacefully passed away January 29, 2024 at Henry Ford Health Jackson surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was a loving mother of 4 and a loving sister. She is also processed in death by her step parents Clarence Tanner and Betty Shell, 3-Sisters Janet Bacon, Olivia Shell and Diane Browning, 2-Brothers Clarence Tanner Jr. and Anthony Glaspie. Marilyn was such a loving lady, she loved and cared for us all. She would say what she meant and meant what she said. She enjoyed family and friends playing cards while talking junk, she loved to shop especially from the clearance rack, loved collecting M\u0026amp;M memorabilia and having conversations that turned into comical, having you cracking up laughing. Marilyn was a cook at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility for over 20 yrs. until her retirement in 2010. Marilyn favorite saying was “You Know You My Favorite” Marilyn leaves to cherish her memories; 1-Daughter LaVada Allen 3-Son Charles “Spud” (Threasea) Mathis of Cleveland, Ohio, Marshawn Mathis, Gerald Mathis of Jackson, MI 4-Sisters Rosiland (Robert) Stephens, Thelma Shell of Jackson MI. , Crystal Shell Coney of Huntsville, Alabama, Diane Tanner of Lansing, MI 2-Brothers Keith Glaspie and Gerald (Tonya) Tanner of Jackson, MI. Marilyn leaves 19-Grandchildren and 18-Great Grandchildren to continue her legacy. She also leaves a host of Nieces, Nephews and Cousins Marilyn extended family special to her heart; Reno and Carol Dedeaux, The Turner Family, Pat Smith, Roger Pearl, Hakim Shabazz, Dalarie Haney and Juanita Morgan. Very Special Cousins Lola and Joey Briston."

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Robert Floyd Commet

May 06, 1931 - Feb 23, 2024

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Jackson, MI

"Robert Floyd Commet, 92, of Jackson passed away surrounded by his family at Henry Ford Jackson Hospital on February 23, 2024. Bob’s family and friends will gather Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a Rosary service at 7:00 pm at Eineder Funeral Homes – Michigan Center Chapel (Formerly Arthur-Day Funeral Home) and Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:00 am at Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church. Fr. Amal Rayabillai SdC will serve as celebrant. Burial will immediately follow at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Bob was born on May 6, 1931, in Flint, Michigan to Floyd and Leone (Petiprin) Commet. He graduated from St. Matthew’s High School in 1949. He was a graduate of Ferris State University, as well as serving in the United States Army and the Navy Reserve. He owned and operated Commet Welcome Pharmacy for many years where he served his community with a compassionate heart. Bob was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Michigan Pharmacist Association, Michigan Center Lions Club and Rotary Club. He lived a very full life and had a wide range of interests. He traveled all around the world, played golf, and rooted for the Lions, Tigers, and University of Michigan sports. Bob will be most remembered as a man who adored his family completely. He had an incredibly strong Catholic faith that was central in his life with a great devotion to the Rosary. Bob married Mary Donnelly in 1954 and they enjoyed 38 years of marriage until her passing in 1993. Bob married Sherryn Kwiatkowski in 1994 and they enjoyed 30 years of marriage. Bob proudly wore both wedding rings, saying they represented the best parts of his life. Bob will be missed by his wife, Sherryn; his children, Pat (Becky) Commet, Rob (Yuka) Commet, Dan Commet, David Commet, Mark (Tricia) Commet, Kevin Commet, Gordon Kwiatkowski, Christina (Bryan) O’Shea, Tom (Erica) Kwiatkowski and Anna Commet; brother, John (Eunice) Commet; grandchildren, Jessica, Kelsi, Ryan, Kyler, Branden, Sara, Ben, Justin, Amber, Kaylee Su, David Li, Dustin, Tori, Kurtis, Jacob, Kylie, Haley, Lilian, John, Evelyn and Damien; and several great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd, and Leone Commet; his brother, Richard Commet; and his first wife, Mary Therese Commet. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bob’s caregivers at Henry Ford Hospital. Memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please leave a message of comfort for Bob’s family or sign his guestbook at www.EinederFuneralHomes.com."

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Phyllis Ann Wagner

Apr 30, 1935 - Feb 21, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Phyllis Ann Wagner, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Henry Ford Hospital in Jackson. She was born on April 30, 1935, in Hillsdale to Blake and Alice (German) Hopkins. She married Frederick Wagner on October 4, 1959, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2002.Phyllis graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1953 and went on to work at the Dow Center at Hillsdale College as a receptionist. Phyllis loved playing euchre with the ladies. She was also an avid reader, loved solitaire and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles.Phyllis is survived by three sons, Mikeal (Michele) Wagner of Hillsdale, Robert (Deborah) Wagner, of Belding, and Douglas (Pamela) Wagner, of Fort Wayne; ten grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Frederick; her parents; and five siblings, Barbara (Paul) Morrison, Robert (Nadine) Hopkins, Beverly (Lowell) Speith, Iola (Joseph) Mitchell and Alfred (Audrey) Easterday.A graveside service for Phyllis Wagner will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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Althea Irene Shanks

Jan 28, 1957 - Feb 20, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Althea Irene Shanks of Jackson, Michigan passed away on Tuesday February 20, 2024 under the compassionate care at Henry Ford Allegiance at the age of 67. She will be remembered by her life partner of 41 years, Peter Ghannam; sons, Jimmy Snider Sr. and Jason Snider; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Mack Shanks and Lorraine Irene Straub; brothers; sisters; daughter-in-law; and Buddy, her beloved dog. Althea was born in Jackson, Michigan on January 28, 1957. She worked as a caregiver for over 27 years, and in her spare time loved to gamble and cook family recipes. She touched the hearts and lives of many and will be greatly missed. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there are no services scheduled at this time.

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Archie Woodrow Speer

May 28, 1939 - Feb 16, 2024

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Jackson, MI

Of Jackson, Michigan passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the age of 84. He was born on May 28, 1939 in Rector, Arkansas to Archie Woodrow Speer and Hessie Speer. He will be remembered by his wife of 50 years, Valerie Jean Speer; children, Kathy Polite, Dana Yokel, Tony Speer, Robert Speer, Daniel Speer; grandchildren, Terri Lynn, Tammy, James, Dawnylle, Lucas, Gavin, Brinley, Hadley; sister, Brenda Craig; and brothers, Gary Speer and Freddie Speer. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Speer, Frank Speer, David Speer, Archie Speer; and children Virginia, Jimmy, Connie, and Earl.

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