Clarence A. Humphrey
Clarence “Red” Arthur Humphrey, a man known for his saying, “It only takes a minute to stay an hour,” died Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Red, 76, of Charlotte, was born November 14, 1944, in Alma, MI, the son of Arthur and Cora (Melton) Humphrey. After dropping out after the 8th grade, Red later went back and got his diploma in 1978. He continued to take classes in drafting and small engine repair at LCC. Red began his career at Johnson Refinery and later went to General Motors in 1965 where he worked 31 years as a die worker until his retirement in 1996. On July 1, 1962, Clarence married Julene Miller and together created their legacy until her passing in 2009. On May 19, 2012 Clarence married Sandy McQueen. Red was a man who loved everyone, he devoted his time to helping others, from volunteering at Chester Gospel Church, teaching cooking at the Crosswalk Teen Center, to helping in the Amish community, he could be counted on for assistance. He was the type of man that if you needed his shirt then it was yours.
Red was a man that liked to stay busy, he was a jack of all trades, working as a Handyman for Joe Fix Rentals, and owned his own business CJ&T Produce. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trips to the Tippy Dam, motorcycles, his Austin Healey Sports Car, blacksmithing, woodworking, yard sales and trying to find treasures for others, mud bogs, and most importantly sharing his life skills with others.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Pennie (Doug) Lake, Julia (Chris) Long, Clarence (Betty) Humphrey Jr., and Lorinda Gidner; grandchildren, Melissa Lake, Martyn (Cristy) Lake, Troy (Raquel) Copenhaver II, Victoria (Zach) Steinbacher, Dalton Humphrey, Lamour Humphrey, Maggie Humphrey, Marshall Humphrey, Craig Gidner, Gina Wilkes, and Erin (Sean) Barker; great-grandchildren, Kamryn and Mykenzie Lake, Cole Wilkes, Logan Barker and Conner Barker; step-children, Nicholas Truax and Christopher Truax; and his other sons, Bill (Julee) Emenhiser, and Michael (Penny) Halliwill; sister-in-law, Patricia Humphrey; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Julene Humphrey; granddaughters, Angel Kay Humphrey, and Christina Lake; brothers, Marvin, Leon, and Bruce Humphrey; and his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Red’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Friday, October 1, 2021, from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Funeral services are Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastors Dennis Weeks and Marc Livingston officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Crosswalk Teen Center or the Eaton County Agricultural Society (Eaton County Fairgrounds). The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Patricia J. Holley
Patricia Jean Holley, age 72, of Mason, Mich. started her Heavenly Journey on September 24, 2021. Patricia was born March 24, 1949, to Mildred Marie (Larson) Holley, and Lester Benjamin Holley Jr. in Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Patricia grew up with a love of animals and gardening that she nurtured and grew all through her life. She was known for her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. People would stop while she was working in them and ask for tours and the names of her favorite plants.
Patricia’s love of animals included a pet fawn, a duck, and a very special Cocker Spaniel, Lady, during her childhood. As an adult, there was always some kind of pet in the home, including dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, snakes and mice. Many of these pets her children would bring home with a “Can we keep it?” and a big smile. Her special pets were Tasty Tidbit, a toy Pomeranian, and Tuxedo Mask, a 24-pound purring ball of love.
Patricia had a knack for arts and crafts, woodworking, sewing and quilting. When her daughter bought her an embroidering machine, she went wild with-it, creating birthday and Christmas gifts for her family and friends.
Patricia was best known for her many paintings, including beautiful Christmas bulbs that were given as gifts and sold at craft shows. She was asked to paint bulbs for Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Mich., but declined because she said that it would become a job instead of a creative outlet. She also liked to paint with oils, sketch with pencils and charcoals, and, a long time ago, Artex painting.
Patricia was a great fan of bird feeding. She had a variety of feeders and food to attract as many different species as possible to her yard. A stack of bird books was kept at her window to identify birds. She would then research the best type of food for that bird and send one of her daughters off to the feed store. She waged a constant war against the pillaging squirrels that was an unending source of entertainment for her family and friends.
Patricia was very strong-willed, feisty, and protective. These traits helped her to raise her three children: Vicki (Scott) Alldaffer, Tamara Keith, and Dwayne Keith. She also took an active role in helping to raise her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She believed in the philosophy that it took a village to raise a child.
Patricia endured a difficult three-year battle with cancer so that she could have more time with her beloved family. She then passed into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by her daughters and sister.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Chester Holley; son, Dwayne Keith; niece, Mindy Pearl Reed.
Patricia will be mourned by her daughters: Vicki (Scott) Alldaffer and Tamara Keith; grandchildren, Nikolas Alldaffer, Aurora Alldaffer, Zavier Keith, Daimeon Keith, Pearl Keith, Noah Keith, Emily Keith, and Dakota Keith; great-granddaughter: Nova Hope; siblings, Lester (Mary) Holley III, Vicki Reed, Rhonda (Dave Gruesbeck) Pressley, and Cindy Holley Miller; her nieces and nephews; special friends Anna Deplanty and Mikki (Ron) Foster-Hunt; along with many other family and friends.
There will be a private burial for her immediate family at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet, Mich. followed by a Celebration of Life for family and friends on October 4, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center located at 804 S. Cochran Ave. Charlotte, MI 48813.
The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Suggested charities in Patricia’s honor are Ingham County Animal Control, 600 Buhl Street, Mason, MI 48854; The Good Samaritan Fund, Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Road, Holt, MI 48842; and SIREN/Eaton Shelter, 520 Robinson Street, Charlotte, MI 48813.
The family is being served by Vickers Leslie Funeral Home in Leslie, Michigan.
Donald H. Milliman
Donald Harry Milliman, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the age of 71. Don was born on December 1, 1949, in Lansing, Mich. the son of Orville and Natalie (Markiw) Milliman. He was raised in Lansing where he attended Everett High School. Don worked for Lindell Drop Forge in Lansing and then Lake City Drop Forge, retiring in 2005. He loved riding his motorcycle and traveling to the family cabin in Harrison. Don was above all a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed his family and cherished the time he spent with them.
Don is survived by his wife, Pam Milliman; daughters, Stefanie (Daniel) Davis, Shannon (Jamie) Milliman-Tidwell; sons, Steven Milliman and Mike Whittum; grandchildren, Daniel (Anna) Davis II, Connor Davis, Jessica (Josh) Shook, Josh Whittum, Michael Whittum III, Noel Milliman, Cameron Milliman, Kevin Mills, James (Jade) Mills, eight great-grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Milliman.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Humane Society in memory of Don. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Natalia S. Andrews
Natalia Susan Andrews, age 67, of Charlotte passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a 19-month battle with brain cancer on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She was born January 18, 1954 in Ionia, the daughter of Raul and Esther (Silva) Luna. Natalie graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1972. During her youth she worked at as a popcorn girl at the Eaton Theatre, Owens Illinois glass factory, Burger Chef restaurant, and Doty Floral. On February 9, 1974, she married Donald Lee Andrews at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.
Natalie worked for Fitness USA in Frandor as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. While there she taught kick boxing, jazzercise, and step classes. She also taught aerobics at Charlotte and Potterville Public Schools, where the women gave her the nickname “Terminator from Hell.” She was also a gymnastics instructor for Charlotte, Potterville, and Olivet Schools. During the summers she was a playground summer recreation supervisor at Galewood School. She was also a Cub Scout den leader for both of her sons.
Natalie was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary Catholic Church and a member of St. Vincent dePaul. She also taught gym classes at St. Mary School and was part of the St. Mary Child Care.
She will always be known for her cheerful smile and kindness which she readily shared with everyone. Natalie was a great listener and would often times spend hours on the phone lending a caring ear.
Natalie is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Donald; sons: Donald Lee Andrews Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Jeremy Lee Andrews of Portage; grandson, Talon Andrews; mother, Esther Silva of Charlotte; father, Raul (Mercedes) Luna of SanBenito, Texas; siblings: Virginia (Randy) Day, Art (LouAnn) Luna, Linda (Dean) Bongiovanni, Julie (Paul) Tucker, Teresa Luna; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Domingo and Inez Silva and Manuel and Julia Luna.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop celebrating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home and one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday. The rosary will be prayed on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Natalie’s memory to St. Mary School or the American Cancer Society.
To view Natalie’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
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Rosalee Ray—a gentle, kind and caring lady—passed away on September 20, 2021. She was born on May 15, 1933 to Henry and Fern (Aungst) Starks. On December 19, 1959, Rosalee married Pat John Ray and together started their legacy. A fabulous cook, Rosalee’s kitchen was the passion of her home as she created homegrown meals including sandwiches, pies, cakes, jams and jellies. An accomplishment of pride was her seafood salad recipe which was published in a national magazine. Rose also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling around the State of Michigan with her husband Pat. Family was of extreme importance to Rosalee and nieces, nephews and her special friend, Sue enjoyed time in her home. At Christmas time she organized large parties for veterans, wards of the state and senior citizens to make sure each one had a blessed day. Aunt Rose considered anyone who was a friend to be a part of her extended family. Her final words to her loved ones were to go home and hug and kiss those that you love.
Rosalee Ray is survived by her husband, Pat Ray; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Hester Root; brother-in-law, Howard Rhodabeck. She was predeceased by her parents; son, Auther Ray; and sisters, Clara Feuss, Evelyn Ebright, Carolyn Massey, and Sarah Stark; sister-in-law, Virginia Rhodabeck; brothers-in-law, Ronald and Ernest Ray.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
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Robert L. Pruden
Robert Lynn Pruden of Springport, passed away surrounded by his family on September 20, 2021, at the age of 66. Robert was born in Charlotte, December 8, 1954, the son of Roger and Dorothy (Shaull) Pruden. He served with the US Army in Germany from 1971-1974. Robert was an over the road truck driver, a jack of all trades and a member of the NRA. He enjoyed fixing up cars, riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing.
Robert is survived by his wife, Vickie Pruden; children, Dawn (David) Ryan, Jennifer Scalice, Jessica Duby, Danielle (Eric) Coppes, Michael (Jessica) Connely, Joshua (Erin) Connely, Shaun (Steven) Coppes, J.R. Coppes; 25 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, Tony, Tim and Dean (Candace) Rodriguez; sisters, Annette (Brian) Davis, Sue Rodriguez; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Sue Wolcott and his puppy, Sassy. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doretta (Mike) Malerba-Cathcart; nephew, Michael Malerba III.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Area 8, 2901 Wabash Rd., Lansing, MI 48910. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.
David L. Carpenter
David Lloyd Carpenter of Charlotte, a guy who never met a stranger because he was always friends instantly with new acquaintances, died September 4, 2021 at the age of 80. Born in Charlotte, David grew up and graduated from Potterville High School, and lived his entire life in the area. He was born on August 11, 1941 to Rholland and Cora (Bowser) Carpenter. He married his sweetheart, Diane Raglin, 59 years ago and they enjoyed many adventures together, including raising three children and then enjoying being grandparents and great-grandparents. He was very proud of his family and truly enjoyed the relationships he had with them and how involved he was in their lives.
Looking to the positive, David was always in a good mood and could often be heard singing and cracking jokes. Golf was one of his favorite pastimes, belonging to a league at his church, Charlotte First Baptist. He also enjoyed reading westerns, singing in the church choir, using his woodworking skills to make furniture, and traveling whenever possible, with his favorite destination in Tennessee.
Many in Charlotte and the surrounding communities will remember David as Vice President and Loan Officer at Eaton Federal Bank. He was there for over 30 years before his retirement. He was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Charlotte and Kiwani Homes Board, as well as an active member and volunteer at his church.
David is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diane Carpenter; children, Holly (Jim) Shirely, Becky (Kim) Dahlgren, and Michael Carpenter; grandchildren, Jimmy, Nate, Joey, Austen, Hunter, and Dalton, Audrey and Avery; great-granddaughter, Cora; sister, Carol Carpenter; and brother and sister-in-law, Dallas and Nancy Hamilton. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support David’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Celebration of David’s Life is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Building Fund. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Charlotte M. Dowding
Charlotte M. Dowding, 91, of Olivet, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born August 23, 1930, at the family farm on Narrow Lake Road in Brookfield Township the daughter of Harry and Blanche (McDonald) Hisler. Charlotte grew up during the Great Depression. Her parents worked hard on the family farm raising crops and milking cows and they always had plenty of food on the table. As a child she attended the Verplank School and later graduated from Olivet High School in 1947, at the age of 16. She then attended Western Michigan University where she earned her teaching certificate. Charlotte was the youngest schoolteacher, at age 19, in Calhoun County history. Charlotte had a passion for children and loved teaching. She taught Sunday School and volunteered at Fern Persons Elementary School in their Read to Succeed program. She also volunteered at Hayes Green Beech Hospital as a greeter and worked as secretary of the physical therapy department for many years. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Charlotte enjoyed playing cards, traveling, and playing the piano. Charlotte was a devoted mother and always did her best to ensure her family was well cared for. Whenever you visited her home there were always oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies in the freezer and you never left without them.
The family would like to especially thank Cari Montague, Fred, Carlie, Autumn, and Trevor Marshall for the loving care they provided Charlotte.
Charlotte is survived by her daughters: Susan (Greg) Norton of Charlotte, Nancy (Robert Hewitt) Dowding of Bellevue, Carol (Joseph) Kita of Olivet; grandchildren: Kelly (Brandy) Norton, Jason (Laura) Norton, Daniel (Sherrie) Hewitt, Cory (Becky) Hewitt, Cari (Fred Marshall) Montague, Kathryn (Joshua) Rateike; 11 great grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Dorma Hisler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Kathryn (Leo) Stevens, Harry “Bud” Hisler, and Virginia (Darrell) Hicks.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. Burial followed at Clarence Center Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Charlotte’s memory to the Fern Persons Elementary School Reading Program.
To view Charlotte’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.