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Daniel R. Cowden

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Daniel Raymond Cowden, 70, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 2, 2018. He was born July 21, 1948, in Plant City, Florida, the son of Raymond Cowden and Mary (Shepherd) Smith. On May 2, 2002, he married Gloria Jean Prine in Charlotte. He worked his entire career as a journeyman carpenter. Dan had a passion for all things outdoors. He loved spending time hunting, fishing, gardening, and working in the woods. Dan was also known for spending many hours in the kitchen, either cooking a delectable meal or canning some of his homegrown produce. Another favorite pastime was playing pool and euchre with friends. Dan was a very social person and always looked forward to a great time together with those he loved.

Dan is survived by his wife of 16 years, Gloria; sons: Randy (Adela) Bryant of Miami, Florida, Daniel (Christine) Cowden of Miami, Florida, Anthony Cowden of Dallas, Texas; stepchildren: Michael Burch of West Virginia, Tracey (Sarah) Burch of Texas; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial gathering was held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the American Legion Post 42, 1000 W. Lawrence Avenue, in Charlotte.

Those desiring may make contributions in Dan’s honor to Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

To view Dan’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond E. Potter

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Raymond Edward Potter, 89, of Charlotte, died peacefully Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Hastings.  Ray was born September 6, 1928 near Charlotte, the son of Carl H. and Edith Mae (Xanders) Potter.  He attended Potterville Schools before going right to work on the farm with Harold Cole.  Throughout his life he enjoyed farming, and eventually purchased his own farm.  He also worked at Aluminum Extrusion until their plant closure in 1988.  Ray then worked five years at Hastings Manufacturing, retiring in 1994.  Ray loved his time outdoors on the farm, riding John Deere tractors, and taking care of his lawn.  Indoors, he played on a bowling league, and was an avid pool and euchre player.  Ray and Joan were active members of Chester Gospel Church and practiced their Faith throughout their daily lives.  Above all, Ray loved his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Joan Potter; two sons, Reginald (Virginia) Potter and Steve (June) Potter; two daughters, Susan (John) Boyles and Kathy Potter; two step-daughters, Eloise (Dale) Berry and Joyce (Larry) Wait; step-son, Roy (Sharon) Letson; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his parents; first wife, Mavis Royston; second wife, Elsie Baas; son, Samuel Potter; great-grandson, Dillon Boone; brothers, Royce Potter, Milton Potter, Merlin Potter, and Max Potter; and sisters, Mildred Verhelle and Margaret Verhelle.

Friends are encouraged to support Ray’s family at visitation and funeral services.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Marc Livingston officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.  If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Raymond on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Raymond E. Potter

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Raymond Edward Potter, 89, of Charlotte, died peacefully Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Hastings.  Ray was born September 6, 1928 near Charlotte, the son of Carl H. and Edith Mae (Xanders) Potter.  He attended Potterville Schools before going right to work on the farm with Harold Cole.  Throughout his life he enjoyed farming, and eventually purchased his own farm.  He also worked at Aluminum Extrusion until their plant closure in 1988.  Ray then worked five years at Hastings Manufacturing, retiring in 1994.  Ray loved his time outdoors on the farm, riding John Deere tractors, and taking care of his lawn.  Indoors, he played on a bowling league, and was an avid pool and euchre player.  Ray and Joan were active members of Chester Gospel Church and practiced their Faith throughout their daily lives.  Above all, Ray loved his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Joan Potter; two sons, Reginald (Virginia) Potter and Steve (June) Potter; two daughters, Susan (John) Boyles and Kathy Potter; two step-daughters, Eloise (Dale) Berry and Joyce (Larry) Wait; step-son, Roy (Sharon) Letson; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his parents; first wife, Mavis Royston; second wife, Elsie Baas; son, Samuel Potter; great-grandson, Dillon Boone; brothers, Royce Potter, Milton Potter, Merlin Potter, and Max Potter; and sisters, Mildred Verhelle and Margaret Verhelle.

Friends are encouraged to support Ray’s family at visitation and funeral services.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Marc Livingston officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.  If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Raymond on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Mary J. Durham

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Mary Jane (Teubert) Durham, 80 of Charlotte, was born in Allen Twp., Hillsdale County, Michigan on July 5, 1938. She entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Mary was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 1, 2018. She was the sole survivor of her family, outliving her four siblings.

Mary was predeceased by her mother, Lillian (Hamilton) Teubert; father, Edward Teubert Sr.; brother, Edward Teubert Jr.; sisters, Harriet Teubert, Charlotte (Teubert) Barnes, and younger brother, Larry Teubert Sr. She is survived by her husband, Alan Durham; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Billie Jo Durham; daughter, Cathy Reed; grandchildren, Cody and Lauren Durham, Chad Durham, Korin Steen, Kayla Dysard, Martina and Corey Biddinger, Mary Reed; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary was a nurse in Battle Creek from 1957 to 1962. She fostered 25 children in Hillsdale County and Eaton County and was awarded foster parent of the year in Eaton County. She volunteered as a nurse for Eaton Community Palliative Care for eight years. In 2008 she was awarded volunteer of the year for excellent caregiver. She loved her family, children, grandchildren and foster children. Each one was special to her. She took particular pride of her home and grounds.

There will not be any memorial services, per her request.  She wanted us all to remember her as she was. Anyone wishing to donate may give memorial funds to McLaren Hospice of Lansing, or Allen United Methodist Church of Allen, Michigan 49227. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Mary on her tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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Barbara J. Wright

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Barbara J. Wright, 88, of Charlotte, passed away July 28, 2018.  She was born on June 20, 1930 to Howard O. and Jessie M (Perry) Boyd in Vermontville.   She was an only child, so she was delighted to have the instant addition of siblings to her life when she married Dewayne Wright.  She took her job as a homemaker and mother very seriously, and was very proud of her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She loved conversations, whether at coffee time with her McDonald’s friends, or her fellow genealogical society members; she loved to talk.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crafts and traveling all over the country.  Barbara would say she never met a person she didn’t like.  She enjoyed her time searching with the Vermontville Historical Society and Eaton County Genealogical Society with efforts to preserve the stories and items collected.

Barb is survived by her children, Linda (Mike) Kenyon, Debra (Dave) Ressler, Cindy Rochester, Denise (Randy) Kendra; grandchildren, Sarah, Eli, Ross, Zachary, Kirby, Patrick, Lexi; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Linton) Wright-Warner, Alice Edwards, Patty Butler; brothers-in-law, Larry (Patti) Wright, Raymond (Flossie) Grant.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewayne; son-in-law, Rick Rochester; grandson, J. Patrick; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Andy Shaver officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to charity of your choice. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences on Barbara’s tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Cindy L. Norris-Wheeler

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Cindy Leigh Norris-Wheeler, 61, of Charlotte, passed away August 7, 2018.  She was born on November 20, 1956, to Duane “Duke” A. Norris and Betty L. (Riley) Underhill in Charlotte. Her love for all animals, the outdoors and wildlife filled her life and brought her much joy. She loved horses; riding, breeding and racing.  Racing horses was one of her passions, and earned her many accomplishments throughout the state. She was a longtime member of the UAW and worked for 27 years at General Motors.

Cindy is survived by her step-children, Randy (Kelly) Wheeler, Brett Wheeler; grandson, Gage Wheeler; nieces, Stacy (Wayne Gordon) Penix, Samantha Norris, Brittany Norris; and five great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Randy; and her parents.

Friends are encouraged to support Cindy’s family at visitation and funeral services on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.  Funeral Services are at 3:30 PM, with visitation held from 2-3:30 PM just prior to the service. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The College of Veterinary Medicine Memorial at Michigan State University. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences on Cindy’s tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Florence H. Goodwin Grant

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Florence H. “Flossie” Goodwin Grant, 90, of Charlotte, died Saturday, August 4, 2018 at her residence.  Flossie was born October 3, 1927 in Pitman, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Howard Earl Kiger and the late Sarah  (Gaunt) Kiger Shaw.
Flossie graduated from Bridgeton High School and was married, for 58 years, to Martin D. “Marty” Goodwin, Sr. who predeceased her in 2004.
Flossie worked as a bank bookkeeper, and at Anchor Hocking Glass before moving, with her husband and family, to Michigan.  In Michigan, she worked at Eaton Federal Bank then at Hayes Green Beach Hospital where she retired 20 years later.
Flossie and Marty were members of the Holiday Rambler Club and loved camping at Strawberry Lake, which was her favorite spot.  Flossie also loved snowmobiling at Houghton Lake during the Tip-Up-Town Festival, collecting blue Fenton and Wheaton glass, crocheting, creating hand-made quilts, going to yard sales and “refunding”.  In 2006, Flossie married Raymond Grant and they resided in Charlotte until her death.

Flossie is survived by her husband, Raymond Grant and her loving family: daughter, Peggy (David) Woodbeck; grandchildren, Bryan (Susan) Woodbeck, Gretchen Anderson Goodwin, Martin D. (Threasa) Goodwin III; nephew, John (Roseann) Murray; niece, Janice (JJ) Furtek; six great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving are stepsons, Paul Grant, Don (Marcia) Grant, Rob (Wendy) Grant; stepdaughter, Pam (Nelson) Appelman; nine step-grandchildren; 10 step-great grandchildren.

Flossie was preceded in death by her first husband, Martin D. Goodwin, Sr.; son, Martin D. Goodwin, Jr.; sister, Mabel C. Murray, who was her best, lifetime friend; brother-in-law, Christopher “Ray” Murray; granddaughter, Candance Ann Woodbeck; great-granddaughter, Laura E. Woodbeck; brothers, Walter and Carl Kiger; and, stepson Randy Grant.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend the funeral service at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, Thursday, August 9.
If desired, the family suggests any memorial contributions to Hospice of Lansing and/or Chester Gospel Church.  Friends and families are encouraged to share memories on her tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.

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Janet A. Barrette

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Janet Ann Barrette of Holt passed away June 10, 2018 at the age of 81.  She was born in Vermontville on July 24, 1936, to John and Daisy Hokanson.  Jan worked as a nurse for many years at Lansing General Hospital.  She transitioned to private healthcare in the Mason area after retiring from full time nursing.

Jan enjoyed cooking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.  She loved to be involved in the community and thrived when helping others.  Her contributions include working with the RSVP organization as a volunteer at Capital Region International Airport.  She also volunteered at McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.  Another one of her passions was working in the community garden at St. Michael’s church which is an outreach for many people in the neighborhood.

Jan is survived by her children, Kevin (Drenda) Schultz of Shattuck, OK;   Kristi (Dan) O’Donnell of Keswick, VA;  Karen (Gary) Wilkes of Eaton Rapids, MI; 8 grandchildren;  10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and brother, John Hokanson of Charlotte, Michigan.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Kary Schultz of Mason, and four siblings.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, located at 6500 Amwood Drive in Lansing, with Reverend Nikki Seger officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made by those desiring to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, in Jan’s memory, for the continuing support of the community garden, or to McLaren Hospice and Homecare Foundation.

The family was cared for by Riley Funeral Home, www.rileyfuneralhome.com.

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James W. Rawson

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James William Rawson Jr., 61, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  James was born on October 18, 1956 in Grant, Michigan, the son of James and Betty (Hathoway) Rawson Sr.  He grew up in Casnovia where he worked on the local orchards and was a graduate of Kent City High School class of 1975.  James worked for Meijer Warehouse as a high-low loader from 1975 until his retirement in 2016.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing karaoke and working on cars.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Rawson Sr. and brother-in-law, Doug Haskell.

Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Vivian Rawson; sons, James Lee (Melissa) Rawson, Casey (Carisa) Rawson, Dexter Rawson; grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Zachary, Steven, Brianna, Jude, Jase, Vaidabel; sisters, Debbie (Mike) Lustey, Coni Haskell; brothers, Duane (Lori) Rawson, Calvin (Delia) Rawson; first wife, Donna Grow and numerous nieces nephews and extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Rawson Family in care of Vivian Rawson.  To share memories or condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Frances E. Lee

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Frances Eunice Lee, 99, of Charlotte, died peacefully at home Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  Frances was born June 8, 1919, in Flint, MI, the daughter of Ora and Mabel (Fuller) DeLong.  At an early age, the family moved to the Upper Peninsula to follow the logging industry.  The Great Depression soon struck, and they moved around Michigan wherever jobs could be found.  During this time, she met a young man working in an onion field near Plainwell, Maxwell Lee.  The two fell in love and soon married and moved to the Eaton Rapids area.  They often spent winters in Alabama, where Frances served her country as an LPN at Camp Rooker.  Later, during WWII, she continued her service as a true “Rosie the Riveter” at American Seating in Grand Rapids.  They later moved back to Eaton County, where Frances worked as an LPN for many years, including time in eldercare at Storybook House in Eaton Rapids.

Frances loved time spent up North at her home on Huffman Lake, near Vanderbilt.  She claimed she could make Gaylord in two hours with her Pontiac.  As soon as she arrived, she’d make her way to the lake to spend time fishing, her favorite pastime.  She enjoyed walking in the woods of “God’s Country,” searching for mushrooms and taking in nature.  Frances made the world’s best chicken and dumplings and enjoyed cooking for her many family members.  Her children and grandchildren will forever remember her sweet youthful voice and her spunky spirit.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Dixie Nevada Wright; son, Robert E. (Janet) Lee; grandchildren, James (Jill) Wright, Chris (Tom) Bennett, Dana Wright, Fran Wright, Dean (Becky) Wright, twins Terry and Garry Wright, Shannon (Tom) Mercier, , Robert E. Lee, John (Coffee) Lee, Mike (Jannetta) Lee, Frank (Adnra) Lee, Edward Lee, and Carrilyn Lee; 19 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her husband, Maxwell and her son, “Bud” Lee.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. just prior to the service.  Interment at a later date will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Frances on her tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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