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KATHY REED DAVIS

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Happy 50th Birthday!

February 23rd

Looking Good!!

Love,

Davis Family

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REX MORRIS

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January 16, 1931 – February 22, 2010

It’s been seven years since you’ve left.

Sadly missed along life’s way.

Quietly remembered every day.

Your loving family

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MARY S. WELCH

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October 21, 1930 – January 30, 2009

In loving memory of our mother and grandmother who passed away eight years ago.

We will always remember the happiness you brought to our lives.

Mike, Sarah, and Terry, Jane and Nick, Jenna, Brian, Luke, Jake and Molly

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60th Anniversary

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 Bill and Pat  Campbell

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Bill and Pat Campbell, of Big Rapids! Bill and Pat were married, on February 23, 1957 in Lepanto, Arkansas, and later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Pat’s family had relocated. The couple lived in various areas around northern Kent County, including Sparta, and later moved to Big Rapids. They are an inspiration and have shown their family what true love looks like! They have three children, Judy (Steve) Reed, Tracey (Jeff) Price, and Steve (Kathy) Campbell; several grandchildren, Rachel (Josh) Hunt; Jessica (Joe) Williams, Steven Reed, Crystal Hunter, Holly Hunter, Donald Hunter, Sabrina Campbell, Emma Campbell, and Justin Campbell; and great-grandchildren Atlas Hunt, Landon Prater, Christian Prestridge, Caleb Prestridge, Amelia Hunter, and another baby Hunt expected soon! We all love you, and have a wonderful 60th anniversary!

Your family

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ELIZABETH R. KEMP

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp

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Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp, 86 of Cedar Springs, formerly of Kent City passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services, Fairview. Betty was born August 19, 1930 in West Branch, Michigan the eldest of four children born to Harry and Enid (Merritt) Kenyon. Betty married Arthur “Dick” Kemp on October 21, 1950 who survives. Their marriage was blessed with six children, David (Martha) Kemp of Fenton, Tom (Denise) Kemp of Luzerne, Bob (Kristine) Kemp of Phoenix, Arizona, Jerry’s widow, Christine Kemp of Grant, Barbara Reed of Bristol, Wisconsin, Donna (Gary) Kagel of Greenville, South Carolina; 29 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; brothers, H. Richard (Geri) Kenyon, Charlie (Ann) Kenyon; sister, Sally (Tom) Horton. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jerry; son-in-law, John Reed; grandson, Vaughn; and great-grandson, Derek. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2:00 pm until time of memorial service at 3:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Kemp officiating. Interment in the spring at Idlewild Cemetery. Memorials to Victory World Missions International Ministries.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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LOIS KATHLEEN BLANDING

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Lois Kathleen Blanding, age 97 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Rockford. Mrs. Blanding was born September 3, 1919 in Columbia City, Indiana the daughter of Neil and Blanche (Briggs) Estlick. She attended the International College of Business in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She unselfishly donated much of her time for the benefit of a great many individuals. She received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1989 from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community. She was a devout Christian and actively involved in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, including, Vice President of Missions, Secretary for the United Methodist Women, and teaching Sunday School. Lois married Orval Riley Secor and he preceded her on December 3, 1953. She married Kenneth Blanding on December 16, 1960 and he passed away on July 3, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a son Dennis Secor in 2009, brother, Robert Estlick; sister, Dorothy Wiltrout. Surviving are her children, David (Jenny) Secor, Douglas (Lois) Secor, Keith (Terese) Blanding, Karl (Ruth) Blanding; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, February 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Practice makes perfect

Courtland-OakfieldUMCRev. Bill Johnson

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

Three activities occupied me during the summer I turned 16: I took U.S. History in summer school to get it off the credits check-list; I took driver’s training for obvious reasons; and I fielded ground balls at every available opportunity.

I bought a smooth rubber ball, baseball-sized, just the right weight, and soft enough to bounce well on the grass in our backyard. I threw it at a target drawn in chalk on the back of our garage. Sometimes I tossed it gently and worked on charging slow rollers. Other times I threw hard to stretch my range. Sometimes I worked on technique; other times I worked on accuracy.

I worked on the short hop, the long hop, the pivot and quick release, the line drive, and if I could hit the garage siding just right, I could get pop ups. I loved fielding ground balls, and those hours behind our garage paid off the next spring when competing for the second base job. Even though I struggled to hit my weight at the plate, when I got to college it was fielding ability that kept me on the team.

Those hours behind the garage taught me something I’ve never forgotten: After thousands of repetitions, some things become second nature, automatic. Gracefulness and confidence come, maybe without even thinking.

Spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, service and meditation are like this. When his friends asked him about prayer, Jesus said the most important thing is to keep at it. When the time comes for us to seek or to thank God for direction, or comfort, or courage, or wisdom, thousands of repetitions pay off. The power in prayer comes from practice.

For Christians, the Season of Lent looms ahead. For other faiths, there are other seasons no less vital to growing spiritually. So, if your leanings have a Christian orientation, how’s your spiritual life as Lent arrives March 1? Do you have a “behind-the-garage” place for yourself for practicing spiritual discipline? We don’t have to be athletic to know it is never as easy as it looks. But whether faced with a screaming line drive or a spiritual crisis, gracefulness and confidence can prevail. Practice makes perfect.

If you haven’t already, why not consider thinking ahead to Lent as a chance to spend some time behind the garage, wherever or whatever that may mean to you?  Life is complicated, busy, stressful and at times out of balance, but when life hits one at you, would you want to be the one who responds with grace, or the one who wishes they’d practiced more?

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TRUDY DRENT

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Trudy Louise Magoon Drent of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 at 63 years of age.  Trudy was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family.  Trudy is preceded in death by her husband, Ben Drent; her mother and father, Macil and George Magoon; her brothers, Larry, Danny, Raymond (Carol), Bill (Ruth) Magoon, and Bernard Gritzmaker.  She is survived by her sisters Cheryl Magoon, Luwalla Magoon and Linda Teasdale; her brothers, Daryl (Jo), and Dennis (Connie) Magoon. Trudy (TT) was a beloved Aunt to many but was a second mother, best friend, and confidante to Michelle Kent, Kristen Kent and Madison (Aiyana) Walters.  Baby Aiyana brought so much joy and happiness to Trudy’s last days.  Trudy did everything for her nieces and nephews – and there are a lot of them!  Specially made birthday cakes, her special popcorn balls, and simply always love and hugs for all.  Trudy enjoyed cooking and baking and had a large family that enjoyed every creation she made. Trudy was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Ben in a small family ceremony.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, that funeral cost contributions be sent to Pederson’s Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341 to Trudy’s account.

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ADELYNN ROSE MARTIN

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Katie Anderson and Andrew Martin of Cedar Springs are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Adelynn Rose Martin. She was born on February 11, 2017 at 11:12 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. She weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Adelynn was welcomed home by her sisters, Riley Martin and Kayla Schoenborn. Proud grandparents are Mark Anderson and Linda Morse of Cedar Springs, Catherine & Jeff Knapp of Cedar Springs and Chuck Martin of Rockford; and maternal great-grandparents, Baa – Boo Anderson of Cedar Springs.

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David Laverne Park

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David Laverne Park, born May 14th 1954, passed peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray Laverne Park and Mabel Maxine (McQuiston) Park and brothers Robert, Rodger, Raymond and Steven. He will be dearly remembered by his loving wife Kathy; children, Jennifer, James and Amanda; grandchildren, Krystal, Brynadine, Jacob, Jennah, Riley, Destiny and Bentley; great-grandchildren, Katilynne, Bai, Phee, and Khalisia; brother Terry, many special cousins, family and friends. Dan was a fun loving guy, always cracking jokes. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with those he loved. There will be a Celebration of his life Saturday February 18, 2 p.m. at 190 Grand St. Pierson MI 49339. All our welcome to join us in sharing a few good memories of a wonderful man.

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