Kathryn M. Tappen

Kathryn “Kitty” Margaret Tappen, age 93, of Charlotte died peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020, in Lansing. Kitty was born October 8, 1926, in Moorestown, Mich., the daughter of Alza Albertus Bert and Jane (Turner) Brandon. Kitty married Milan Eugene Tappen on April 7, 1945, in Lansing, during his service in the U.S. Navy. The two built a house together in which to raise their children. She was a devoted wife and soulmate to Milan for 70 years. Kitty’s joy in life was family, especially time spent together at holidays and special occasions and at the trailer on Chippewa Lake. Early on in family life, Milan and Kitty traveled often with their “tiny home,” enjoying camping with their children. She enjoyed getting outdoors to garden or for walks. She was skilled at knitting, crochet, cross stitch and sewing, leaving many treasures behind for her daughter and grandchildren. Many will remember her sense of humor and love of laughter and her constant willingness to help others.
Kitty is survived by her daughter, Carol Tappen; daughter-in-law, Mary Frances Tappen; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kitty is predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Milan “Mike” Eugene Tappen; sons, Michael Glenn Tappen and Duane John Tappen,  grandson, Michael Glenn Tappen, Jr; sisters, Mable Fox, Lillian Coon, Nora Braden; brothers, Albert Brandon, John Brandon, Glenn Brandon, Roger Brandon, Robert Brandon; her parents; sister-in-law Ardith Cnota and Mitch Cnota.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Kitty on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.