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Theodore R. Marshall


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Theodore Robert Marshall II, 55, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was born September 12, 1963 in Charlotte, the son of Theodore and Margaret (Henderson) Marshall. Theodore was an avid reader throughout his entire life. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. 

Theodore is survived by his children, Meghan Marshall, Matthew Marshall; grandchildren, Trenton Wiseley, Winter Wiseley; father, Theodore R. Marshall; siblings, Debra Ethridge, Sindi Marshall, Tammy (Gary) Bower, Lisa Marshall, Beth Peeler; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; mother, Margaret; sister, Lori Henry; niece, Maggie Marshall; nephew, Joshua Meacham. 

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Theodore’s honor to the family.

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Max L. Bottomley


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Max Leroy Bottomley, 96, of Midland, passed away April 25, 2019. He was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Charlotte. Max married his beloved high school sweetheart, Martha Snow. She preceded him in death after 71 years of marriage.

After graduating from Charlotte High School, he entered Michigan State University. While attending Michigan State University, he joined Army ROTC. He was called to active duty to serve in World War II and attended officer candidate school. He served as a Lieutenant in the 65th Infantry Division, a part of Patton’s Third Army in its march across Europe. His unit was in Enns, Austria, when the war ended. He then returned to Michigan State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.

In 1947, Max started his 39-year career at Dow Chemical Company. He was on the teams that developed latex paint and Methocel. At another time during his career he was a technical expert in a patent infringement case. He was a member of the Midland Jaycees, a founding member of both the Kiwassee Kiwanis Club of Midland and the Midland Jayvesters Investment Club. He was an active member in the community, including treasurer of the Midland Historical Society and served on the Investment Committee of the Midland Center for the Arts.
Above all else, Max was a devoted family man, involving himself in his children’s activities such as Boy Scouts, youth sports, and PTA. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, was an avid golfer, participating in several golf leagues, and was a loyal Spartan fan. He was a longtime member of the Midland First United Methodist Church, serving as an usher and on many committees.

He is survived by his sister Shirley Wahlstrom of Novi; children, Douglas (Jane) of Kalamazoo, Bruce (Sharon) of New Canaan, Conn., Anne (Bruce) Metzdorf of Granger, Ind., Richard (Susan) of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Peggy (Thomas) Carr of Suffield, Conn., and Janice (Peter) Mowry of Carmel, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Don and Marcia, and one grandson, Connor Mowry.

Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider the First United Methodist Church, the Midland Center for the Arts, with a designation to the Historical Society, Bradley Home Restoration Fund. Condolences to the family may be made online at

The family is most appreciative of the care and support of the Independence Village staff and Hospice of Mid-Michigan Health Home Care.

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Beth A. Malcuit


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Beth Anne Malcuit, 55, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at her home. She was born July 8, 1963, in Lansing, the daughter of Bruce and Mikayla (Henry) Malcuit. She went on to graduate from Charlotte High School in 1981. While in school, Beth excelled in golf. It became a lifelong passion for her. Following high school, Beth went on to receive her degree as a dental technician from Ferris State University. Beth adored her family and took a special interest in her nephews and great nieces and nephews. Amid all of her struggles in life, Beth always had a heart for others. She would do anything she could to help anyone in need. Beth was an avid MSU sports fan. She also loved watching the birds and squirrels around her home. 

Beth is survived by her siblings, Amy (Richard) Phifer of Allendale, Barbara (Frank) Silvas of Charlotte, Charles Malcuit of Georgia; nephews, Brendon (Sarah) Rankin, Ian Phifer, Bailey Silvas, Jacob Malcuit, Trey Phifer, Travis (Carli) Silvas, and Ryan (Vanessa) Silvas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, Blake Rankin.

A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.  

Those desiring may make contributions in Beth’s memory to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, or Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, 8935 Thompson Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 48849.

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Donna M. Harrison


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Donna Marie Harrison, a funny, smart, and God-loving mother, grandmother, sister and best friend, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Donna, 74, was born on January 15, 1945, in Phoenix, Ariz. to Jack and Gloria (Tripp) Cox. She held numerous administrative assistant jobs at the Federal and County levels. In her younger years, Donna’s biggest passion was traveling around the world with her travel buddy, Rhonda. One of Donna’s proudest achievements in her life was becoming certified as a First Responder. In her later years she enjoyed relaxing, playing Bingo, and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Family was everything to Donna. Her family will cherish their memories of their Mema forever.    

Donna is survived by her daughter, JoAnne (Mike) Dedman; grandchildren, Kevin (Andrea Kingsbury) Harrison, Dallas (Jackson Johnson) Dedman; great-grandchild, Raegan Marie; sister, Julie Brown; best friend for over 40 years, Rhonda (David) Roberts-Turner, and Devora (Blake) Torrence; and her nieces and nephew. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Hunter Dedman; and sister, Kim Matson.  

The family will be holding a memorial service at a later date. 

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Donna on her tribute page at 

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Bryan Howlett


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Bryan Richard James Howlett, born in Great Yarmouth, England on January 16, 1934, met his Savior Jesus on February 12, 2019 at home, surrounded by family. 

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Barbara (Doty); five stepchildren, Frank Badgley, Brenda (Cor) Toncray, Jeffrey (Judy) Badgley, Monte (Susie) Ferris, and Stanford (Tina) Ferris; two sisters, Avril Smith and Shirley Hurren, both of England; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and dear dog, Muffi. 

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Ellen Howlett; sister, Brenda Senior; and dog, Dusti Rose.

Bryan was an exceptional man, one worthy of four names. As a 5 year-old boy, he was evacuated during WWII and frequently told stories of meeting American soldiers preparing for D-Day. Later in life, he was an engineer by trade, which began with an apprenticeship with Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft Company when he was 17 years old. His passion of aviation led him to the Royal Air Force, where he served as an officer in the 50s in the Far East. After his service to queen and country, he returned to engineering, demonstrating his competency in not only aviation, but also designing bridges, buildings and automobiles. His vocation was not his only passion; he was a model husband who loved to travel and spend time with his wife dancing and antiquing. She became known on local airwaves as “The Penguin Lady” as he would call from overseas to request songs devoted to her, the trans-Atlantic romance capturing the attention of media outlets. He was an awesome stepfather, consummate gentleman and had many interests and talents. He was a competitive ballroom dancer, loved gardening and also his little girl, Muffi.

Bryan was so much to so many, and he will be greatly missed until the day we are reunited in Heaven. 

Memorial services will be Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, located at 245 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte. 

Donations can be made in memorium to Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, 801 S. Waverly, Ste. 200, Lansing MI 48917. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit to place online condolences.

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Carole A. Townsend


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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Carole Ann (Curtis) Townsend lost her fight with gallbladder cancer.  She died at home surrounded by family and supported by Faith Hospice. Carole was born in Monroe, Mich. on August 31, 1942.  

She is survived by her mother, Ruth Curtis; husband, Robert Townsend; children, Todd Townsend, Timothy (Kathryn) Dawson-Townsend, and Amy (Todd) Smith; sister, Christine (Robert) Smith; and brother-in-law, Donald Maron; grandchildren, McKenna and Brianna Smith, Charlotte and Trevor Dawson-Townsend; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.  

Carole was preceded by her father, Robert M. Curtis, and her brother, Bob.  

She was a loving, compassionate lady who worked with special needs children around the State of Michigan and was always recognized as “Grammy” to the kids in every town and neighborhood in which she lived.  Carole could talk to anyone and easily made friends wherever she went. She and Robert traveled around the State taking many pictures, specializing in sunsets, breaking surf, sailboats, and Michigan lighthouses.  They also traveled to visit grandchildren in Chicago, Scotland, and Switzerland.  

A memorial service will be held this summer for Carole.  

The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guest book at

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Evelyn Montague


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Evelyn (June) Montague, 83, of Charlotte, an extremely generous and loving woman who literally gave someone the shirt off her back once, passed away April 17, 2019 in Lansing. She was born June 25, 1935 to Forrest and Inolene (Harris) Willis in Memphis, Tenn. A graduate of Charlotte High School, June then married Gerald Montague in Hastings on December 26, 1952. Generous, even beyond her means, Evelyn saved money so she could give to others. Weather also fascinated her and she became known as the family weatherperson. All things historical were interesting to Evelyn, including learning about American History, reading historical fiction and antiquing to find treasures. She worked as a medical office secretary for Drs. Joseph and Leeser, and later as an office manager for Action Warehouse. A loving person, kind to everyone, June had an amazing ability to focus on the good in others.

June is survived by her daughter, Mitzi L. (Rex) Montague-Bauer; grandchildren, Justin Cain, Jerrad Thomson, Elijah Cain, Breaha (Zachary) Wallin, and Joshua (Sandy) Bauer; great-grandchildren, Caleb Cain, Domonic Thomson, Noah Cain, MacKenzie Cain, Brittney Vaugh, Neil Vaugh, Haleigh Dies, Jacob Dies, Shaylee Wallin, Lyra Wallin, Kai Bauer, and Jude Bauer; and sister, Dorothy Steiner.  

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Lana Soto and Dawn Cain; husband, Gerald; her parents; brother, James (Bud) Willis; granddaughter, Brandi Dies; and grandson, Journey Montague-Bauer.

A Life Celebration will be held at Valhalla Park, located at 4030 Keller Road in Holt on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. 

In Evelyn’s memory, memorial donations may be made to The Mother Teresa Hospice House in Lansing. 

Friends and family are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences on June’s tribute page at 

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Jon A. Woodworth


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Jon A. Woodworth, 51, of Royal Oak, died peacefully surrounded by his family at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Jon had a zest for life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, sitting around bonfires, watching Tigers baseball, golfing and bowling (he bowled one perfect 300 game).

Jon was born in Charlotte on April 17, 1967 to James A. Woodworth, Sr., and the late Joanne I. Woodworth (Edwards). He graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 1985. He was a master electrician, most recently working for the City of Livonia. 

In 2004 he married Tammy Lea, and she survives him. Also surviving are his two stepsons, Eric (Lisa) Reichelt, and Bradley Reichelt; two granddaughters, Raelyn and Jolene Reichert; his father, James A. Woodworth, Sr.; brother, James A. Woodworth, Jr.; sisters, Ami (Jacqueline) Woodworth, and Anissa (Patrick) Hanley. Jon had numerous nieces and nephews he enjoyed spending time with, Trey and Caden Woodworth, Jenna Woodworth, Emily, Foster, Halen, and Griffon Rice. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Joanne in 2016; his grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Gramer Funeral Home in Clawson, Mich.

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John D. Martis, III


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John Douglas Martis, III, 83, of Potterville, died peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Charlotte. John was born on March 16, 1936, in St. Johns, the son of John Douglas and Ann (Durkovic) Martis, Jr. He graduated from Olivet High School in 1953 before going to work in various capacities. 

In his early days, he drove truck for Schafer’s Bakery and worked construction. He eventually entered into car sales, working at many notable Oldsmobile Dealerships in the Lansing area, Albion Ford, and eventually founding Martis Auto Sales in Lansing.  In 1983, he purchased Martin Jeep Eagle with two locations in Charlotte, which he owned and operated until his retirement. 

He is a 50-year member of the Potterville Masonic Lodge, and was well known throughout the community. Throughout the years, John owned several sulkie racing horses and enjoyed traveling the state to various races.  Many will remember his sponsorship of Charlotte’s Frontier Days. He enjoyed time spent with his children riding snowmobiles around the house and boating with the family at the lake. John was a big time casino guy, and loved gambling trips with friends. Above all, John loved his family.

He is survived by his children, Scott (Cathleen Johnson) Martis, Shari (Craig) Engle, Sandi Martis, and Shannon Martis; grandchildren, Jena and Jodi Martis, Richard Whitbeck, Dartanion (Sandra) Thomas; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Braylon Whitbeck, and Treaden Gallert; step-granddaughter, Avery Engle; sisters, Dorothy (James) Wirt and Betty (Jim) Dent; and several nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Daune Martis; sister, Irene Coats; and his parents.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Michael Bater officiating. Interment followed at Benton Twp. Cemetery.  

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Humane Society or the Masonic Lodge #367. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of John’s on his tribute page at  

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