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Helen Louise Wood

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Helen Louise Wood, the lady whose blue eyes lit up a room, died January 9, 2020, at the age of 86. Helen always had a smile and was very outgoing and friendly with everyone she met. A General Motors worker, she retired after 29 years there and then worked in home healthcare at the Delta Retirement home. Helen loved to travel, with her favorite destination for many years being St. Ignace in Michigan’s UP. Her most recent trip was to Tennessee, which was a great place to visit with her love of country music. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the casino to play slots, playing bingo, word searches and crocheting. Especially proud of her family, Helen loved going to all of her granddaughter’s sporting events to watch and cheer her on.
Helen was born April 8, 1933, in Carson City, Mich., to Andrew and Mable (Navin) Cunningham.  She was predeceased by her parents; ex-husband, Morris Wood; and by her siblings, Marjorie Seibold, Leonard Cunningham, Russell Dailey, and Bill Dailey; family friends, Gordon and Sandy Fyan.  Helen will be dearly missed by her children, Jackie Meyers and Israel “Pat” Wood, granddaughter, Onika Meyers; and siblings Dorothy Stoddard, Jack (Janet) Dailey, and Bernard (Vicki) Dailey; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are encouraged to support Helen Wood’s family at a memorial visitation. Visitation is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services recreation fund. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Helen on her Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Arliss Isabell Pantall

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Arliss Isabell Pantall, age 86, of Bellevue passed away on January 2, 2020, at Eaton Community Palliative Care under the loving care of her family and Sparrow Hospice. The daughter of Frederick Raymond and Dorothy Pearl (Schreiner) Carley, she was born on April 14, 1933, in Chadwick, Ill. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Arliss’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, visit www.MichiganCremation.com.

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Bobby Joan Cook

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Bobby Joan Cook, age 75, of Charlotte, died on January 2, 2020. She was a homemaker. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Millerburg Cemetery in Carmel Township.

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Raymond C. Holt

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Raymond C. Holt of Charlotte passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the age of 85. Ray was born on June 11, 1934, in Alton, Ill., the son of Raymond and Alta (Caincross) Holt. He was raised in Cottage Hills, Ill. and graduated from Civic Memorial High School class of 1953. Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he honorably served between the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He returned to Illinois after his service and went to work for Mississippi Lime where he worked as a purchaser, heavy equipment operator and a welder, retiring in 1994. Ray moved to Charlotte in 1994, where he currently resided. Anyone who knew Ray will surely remember that he always had a smile for everyone and that he loved to kid around with people. Ray enjoyed vacationing to his property on Bulls Shoals Lake, where he would partake in some of his favorite activities like hunting, fishing and camping. He will be greatly missed by one and all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Pat Lachnet; son, Bruce Holt and daughter-in-law, Stacey Holt.
Ray leaves behind his wife, Mary Holt; children, Jerry (Lorrie) Merideth, Vicky Binning, Kenneth Holt, Sherry Holt, Scott Holt, and Evelyn “Nicky” (Jerry) Case; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren; sister Lorena Hall and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
No services will be held for Ray. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. To share memories or condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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David H. Jones

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David H. Jones, age 82, of Olivet, peacefully passed away in the presence of family at Bronson Kalamazoo, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, after a short illness. He was born May 28, 1937, in Detroit, son of Frederick Jones and Gladys (Henderson) Jones. He attended Mumford High School in Detroit and later graduated from Lawrence Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Several years later (1965), he graduated from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, with a master’s degree in fine arts. He was employed by several companies which included LTV, Chrysler Corp., and his last employer, K-Mart Corporation. Dave was a member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians and spent many years playing the acoustic bass for several bands and trios. He played the tuba for the Army Reserve Band and also played the piano and electric bass guitar. Other interests included drawing, eating out, enjoying animals and spending time with family.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister Lynda (Jones) Otto and her husband Richard Otto; nephews, Heath (Mindy) Otto, Tim (Kim) Otto; niece, Laura Otto; a great-niece; and four great-nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring. Memorial contributions are requested to Bellevue Methodist Church and the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Rd.
Suite 220, Bingham Farms MI 48025-4507. Visit LeslieFuneralHome.com to view the online obituary and send online condolences to the family. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, 109 N. Church St. in Leslie.

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Patricia Lee Flower

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Patricia Lee Flower, age 88, of Springport, passed away on December 25, 2019, after a long-term illness. Patricia was born on October 1, 1931, to Gladwin and Marjorie Clark in Ohio. Patricia worked in the retail and food service trade before working in senior living care. She finally transitioned to childcare as a house mother at the VFW National Home for Children for many years until her retirement. Patricia was a cub scout troop leader and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved gardening, was an avid knitter and did fantastic crochet work.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Gladwin Paul Everest and Marjorie N. Clark; children: Mike G. (Hilary) Flower and Pat A. Flower; and brother, Conrad G. Clark. She is survived by her children: Diana L. (Jim W.) Whittem, Deborah Flower, Jon C. (Rena K.) Flower, Beth S. Brail, and Scott A. (Debrah S. Jones Flower) Flower; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on January 11, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Springport Cemetery located on M-99 in Springport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to McLaren Hospice, 2815 S. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 4, Lansing MI 48910; or Jackson County Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Dr., Jackson, MI 49202. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home, 121 Pearl Street/ PO Box 235, Springport.

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Kay René (Hill) McAttee

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Kay René (Hill) McAttee of Eaton Rapids, passed away January 5, 2020, at the age of 72. Kay was born in Lansing on February 6, 1947, the daughter of Robert and Marilyn (Ramsdill) Hill. She married the love of her life, John “Jack” McAttee, in 1976 and laid him to rest in 2010. Kay owned and operated the Flutterby Creations shop in downtown Eaton Rapids for over 20 years. She was an advocate for protecting all animals, taking in many cats and feeding numerous other animals around her home and rescuing greyhounds and whippets.
Kay is survived by her mother; brother, Kevin (Kim Kampf) Hill of Jackson; sister, Denise (Gil) Hensley of KY; nieces and nephews, Jessica (Charlie) Eaton, Josh (Jaime) Dutzy, Jason Dutzy, Chelsea (Troy) Forrest, Cayla Hill, Elizabeth (Mike) Murphy, Emily (Dakoda Barton) Kampf; great-nieces, Haiden Murphy, Madeline Barton; great-nephew, Landon Murphy and baby Forrest on the way. She was preceded in death by her father and husband “Jack.”
Funeral services were scheduled for January 10, 2020, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Interment followed in Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Greyhound Rescue or the Saved By Zade Cat Rescue Mission. Visit www.millsfuneral.com to place online condolences or to sign the guest book.

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Pamela Ann Garland (Moreau)

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Pamela Ann Garland (Moreau), age 61, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. She was born July 15th, 1958.
On New Year’s Day, 2019, Pam chose a word which she wanted to live by instead of a resolution. That word was “adventure.” Throughout the year, as cancer kept attacking her, she joked that she should have been more specific as to what kind of adventure she meant. In the early hours of December 18, 2019, Pam began her ultimate adventure suddenly, as cancer claimed yet another victim.
Her husband of 39 years, David, was by her side as she passed. Her son, Justin, had just said goodbye the previous morning as he headed home to Texas to his wife, Melissa (Ward) Garland, and his two boys, Max (5) and Kai (3). Those two grandchildren were the “sunshine” in Pam’s life. She is deeply missed by each of them.
Pam was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn Moreau. She is survived by her father, Douglas Moreau, step-mother Karen (McCoy) Moreau, and brothers Michael and Matthew, their spouses Marisue (Bordeau) Moreau and Robin (Mercer) Moreau, respectively, and several nieces and nephews.
Pam was a 1976 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. She then went on to graduate from Grand Valley State College with a degree in special education followed by a master’s in special education from Grand Valley State University. She taught various levels of special needs children with the majority of her time with early childhood special needs students in Kentwood Public Schools at Meadowlawn Elementary School and, finally, Hamilton Early Childhood Center. She retired from education in 2014.
Pam always had a flair for the arts; be it stained glass, quilting, bead making or painting. At age 50, she decided to begin a new venture as a fitness competitor. She proceeded to work out and compete, primarily with Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE). Her goal was to compete until age 60. This was almost thwarted by the onset of cancer at age 59. But, five months after her last chemo and radiation treatment, she fulfilled that goal. She continued working for UFE upon “retiring” from competition. The UFE family’s support of Pam throughout her battle has been greatly appreciated.
Pam may be best remembered, however, for her constant humor and positive outlook as she battled cancer time and time again. Her Facebook and Instagram posts gave many people inspiration to achieve and move through obstacles they faced. Her humorous pictures of her journey through cancer also gave people something to smile about to brighten their day.
A memorial time will be held in Chapel Hall at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1934 52nd St. SE, in Kentwood, Mich., from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 25. Friends are asked to stop by and share their memories of Pam. In lieu of flowers, people are asked to make contributions to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE Suite 300, Grand Rapids MI 49546.

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Donald G. Erndt

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Donald G. Erndt, of Hale, MI, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 29, 2019, at the Hospice House with his family by his side. Don was born November 21, 1936, to George and Ruth (Peglow) Erndt in Bay City. He was a graduate of Bay City Central High School. Don honorably served his country during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the United States Navy as a machinery repairman. After retiring from the Navy, Don worked as an electrician at American Hoist and the IB. He was a ranger at Warblers Cove and Northwoods boy scout camp in Lupton, MI. He spent the last ten years of his career as a salesman at Tractor Supply. Don enjoyed playing euchre with anyone willing, working on projects around the house, volunteering at the Fish Store in Hale and reading all of Louis L’Amour’s books. Don was beloved by many and will be missed dearly by all who remember him.
Don is survived by his wife, Sally (Bartlett) Erndt; children: Donnie Erndt of Bay City, Becky Erndt of Bay City, Robert (Lori) Stahl of Eaton Rapids, Wendy Stahl of East Lansing, Amanda McLendon of Lansing; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers Tony (Becky) Erndt of Texas, Gene Erndt of Bay City, Gerry (Diane) Erndt of Munger; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Georgie and grandson Aiden McLendon. The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at the Hospice House. Their care, compassion and love did not go unnoticed, and the family thanks them for making Don’s final days comfortable. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God, 2764 S Michigan Rd. in Eaton Rapids.

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Elizabeth Ann Paterson-Esterhai

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Elizabeth Ann Paterson-Esterhai, of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019, at the age of 92. Elizabeth was born on March 22, 1927, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Andrew and Theresa (McEwen) Paterson. She was raised in Washington and, after graduating high school, worked for a brokerage firm and as a tour guide at the Pentagon before moving to Michigan in 1971. Elizabeth went to work for the Lansing State Journal (LSJ) and retired in 2009. While at LSJ, she became very involved with Magic Johnson’s Above the Rim charity, where she volunteered much of her time. After retirement, she helped her son on the J & K Steamboat Michigan Princess, where she would wait tables.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis Franklin Esterhai; sisters, Mary Linch, Janet Green; and daughter-in-law, Lora Esterhai.
Surviving are her children, Betty (Bill) Steele, Rob Esterhai, Andrea Larson, Stephen Esterhai, Mark (Susan) Esterhai; grandchildren, Louis (Becky) Steele, Billy (Pam) Steele, Justin Larson, Matthew Larson, Andi Esterhai, Amber Esterhai; great-grandchildren, Marisa Steele, Andrew Steele, Shelby Steele, Zane Steele, Theresa Esterhai, Emma Larson, Jolie Larson, Charlie Dehnert, Sherlock Larson; brother, John (Jean) Paterson; dear friend, Millie Vance; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. The family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary. To share memories or leave condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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