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Cynthia M. Lewis

C-OBIT-LewisCynthia M. Lewis, 54 of Howard City passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015. Cynthia was born August 1, 1961 in Eagle Lake, TX the daughter of John and Emily (Drymalla) Waddell. She was born and raised in Texas and had a great voice and had travelled around singing. She was very kind hearted, generous and giving. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. She lived for her family and adored her grandchildren. Surviving are her fiance, John Rhines; children, Jacquelyn Sandoval, Jana (Dennis) Lovell, Robert Wesley (Nicole) Lewis, Nora (Gary) Jacobson, Raymond (Cassie) Lewis, James (Kelsey) Lewis, Jessica Lewis and fiance, Nolan Rau; stepchildren, Alicia, Angie, Sonya, Darcy and Brandon; several grandchildren; mother, Emily Waddell; brother, Larry Waddell; many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Lewis, brother, Daniel Waddell and father, John Waddell. The family greeted friends Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday. Pastor Chad Wight officiating.  Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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JAY E. CRAMER

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In loving memory of my dad, who passed away 10 years ago today – December 18, 2005.

Christmastime is a wonderful, fun-filled occasion for all of us. But even through all the festivities, there’s still that sadness that envelopes me. I miss you so much, Dad. And I love and adore you!

You Loving Daughter,

Robin

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BEVERLY B. NAVITSKAS

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January 15,1943-December 14,2003

Missing you at Christmas

As I sit in heaven

And watch you everyday

I try to let you know with signs

I never went away

I hear you when you’re laughing

And watch you as you sleep

I even place my arms around you

To calm you as you weep

I see you wish the days away

Begging to have me home

So I try to send you signs

So you know you are not alone

Don’t feel guilty that you have

Life that was denied to me

Heaven is truly beautiful

Just you wait and see

So live your life, laugh again

Enjoy yourself, be free

Then I know with every breath you take

You’ll be taking one for me….

I love and miss you dearly,

Your daughter, Tammy

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BEULAH ANN SCOTT

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Mrs. Beulah Ann Scott of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 86, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015. Beulah was born to Fredrick and Edith (Smith) Hunt on Thursday, October 31, 1929, in Brutus, Michigan. Beulah volunteered at North Kent Service Center and the Gleaners. She was a lifetime member of the Rockford VFW Post, Ladies Auxiliary. Beulah also was a member of TOPS for many years. She was very good at making boiled dinners and macaroni & cheese with 3 different cheeses. Beulah also enjoyed gardening and canning the harvest of her hard work. She was known to make the best zucchini bars with lemon juice. Beulah is survived by her son, Randy Scott; daughter-in-law, Julie Scott; three granddaughters, Tamara (Bobby) Nealy, Marcy (Lee) Crites, Sarah (Daniel) Waddell; grandson, Nathan (Elicia) Scott; three great-grandsons, Jackson Nealy, Conor Waddell, Collin Scott; great-granddaughter, Kendra Scott; two brothers, Fred (Martha) Hunt, Eugene (Lucille) Riggins. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 50 years, Willis Scott; son, Lynn Scott; two sisters, Grace Allen, Freida Hoffman; brother, Frank Hunt. To celebrate Beulah’s life there will be a memorial luncheon from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Rockford American Legion, Merritt Lamp Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home Pedersonfuneralhome.com

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WILLIAM SHEARS

 

William (Bill) Shears, 65 years old, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with the hope of being resurrected to a new life. Surviving are his wife Linda; his children Steve and Brandi Shears, and Isaiah whom he raised for 15 years; grandchildren, Kelsey, Levi, Jake and Angel Shears of Cedar Springs, Justin and Shayla Shears of Kent City; his mother Jane Murray of Fremont; brother Gary Shears, Karen and Bob Gebhart of Colorado; sister-in-law Chris of Cedar Springs. There will be a one hour showing Friday, December 11th at 10:30 am and the funeral service will be at 11:30 am at the Cedar Springs First Baptist Church.

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SGT. BOBBIE SUE CHESBRO

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Sgt. Bobbie Sue Chesbro, 25, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 in California. Bobbie Sue was born October 1, 1990 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Patrick and Carlien (Brinks) Chesbro. She was currently serving in the U.S. Marines at the Marine Corp. Mountain Training Center in Bridgeport, California. She was a very tender, caring and loving person. Surviving are her parents, Patrick and Carlien Chesbro of Pierson; sister, Bernice (Alan) Ritter; brother, Patrick Chesbro II; nephews, Nickolie and Alister; grandparents, Mildred Chesbro, Carl and Kay Brinks; fiance, Jonathan Fland; many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Chesbro and great-grandma VanderWal. The family will greet friends Thursday, December 10th from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Rick Miller officiating. Interment with full military honors by the U.S. Marines at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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TIMOTHY LEE SCOTT SR.

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Timothy Lee Scott Sr. age 49, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Saranac, passed away December 8, 2015. He was born June 28, 1966 in Saranac. Tim attended Saranac Public Schools. He worked at CS Manufacturing in Cedar Springs. Tim loved hunting, fishing, animals, and was very gifted at working on cars. Tim is survived by his children, April Hekman of Lowell and Timothy Scott Jr. of Kentucky; mother, Patricia Carigon of Saranac; fiancé, Carrie Johnson of Cedar Springs; siblings, Christina (Tom) Ranky of Grand Rapids, Brenda Leffler (fiancé, Dwayne Kingston) of Texas, Cindy (Dale) Hawkins of Saranac, and Michael Carigon of Saranac; grandchildren, Brayden, Liam, and Angel; many nieces, nephews, friends, and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Carigon and grandparents, Clifford & Bessie Scott. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 12th, 11:00 am at Lake Funeral Home in Saranac with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Those wishing may make contributions to the Relay for Life. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Lake Funeral Home, Saranac

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A Giving Heart

Cedar-Christian-ChurchPastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

Christmas is quickly approaching and for many it is a celebration where family and friends spend time together as they recognize the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This time of year we are reminded of those in need and who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is wonderful that we have concern of those people in need, however, we often times become satisfied with solely having sincere thoughts or sharing kind words. While these are good things, we often fail to fulfill any actual giving or physical assistance to those same individuals. The Bible describes this very concept in James 2:15-16.

When we think of being selfish or greedy, we tend to think of mean spirited people who are engrossed in themselves and their needs and not of the needs of others. While there are people in this world who exhibit this Scrooge-type personality, the truth is, all of us demonstrate some greed and have self-centered tendencies. This tendency can get in the way of our willingness to give or to help those in need. The Bible tells us the importance of helping others throughout the scriptures including Proverbs 21:13, Proverbs 28:27 and in the parable of “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).

Why is God so concerned about us giving to and helping others? God tells us in Genesis 1:27:So God created man in His own image. This indicates that we are to be like God and to take on His traits. To be like God is to give. Our God is a giver and that’s apparent in the scriptures.  However, the most important thing God gave came around 2,000 years ago. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The Bible also tells us to be Christ-like (Philippians 2:1-3). When we read the Gospels, you will see Christ consistently helping those in need. Therefore, God wants us to give in order that we may be like Him. The Bible tells us that a “giving spirit” cannot be forced; it is something that must come from the heart and should be an enjoyable act from within (2 Corinthians 9:7).

This time of year we are reminded to give to those in need. The concept of giving should not just be contemplated around Christmas. It should continue throughout our entire life, in order that a Giving Spirit may take over. When we become focused on being a Giver instead of a Receiver, it will change our life forever. Giving is something God intended for us to do to others just as He does for us when we face adversity. The Bible tells us that if we give like Him, we will be blessed for it (Proverbs 22:9).

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The Love of God 

Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

Over the years, I have found myself many times contemplating life. Not the navel-gazing type of contemplation, but seriously wondering, where is my life headed? What have I done or haven’t done? Only to come up with a negative value. This process of self-evaluation is common to the human species. I have discovered there are a couple of questions that many people who take the time to reflect on their lives get stumped on—including me.

“What difference does my life make?”

“Does anybody really know or care about me?”

Personal inventories can have different results on different days, with different circumstances past or pending, different moods and a wide range of other factors. One of the triggers for me is that I’m not getting any younger, and considering my life, the good and bad, what have I really done for the Lord in those decades? Recently, I was in one of these processes (ruts), when God brought a scripture to my memory that really shifted my wondering into a positive light.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14 NIV).

In the Old Testament, we find King David meditating on the fact that it is God who made him. In truth, each of us was created, by God, for a purpose.  That is difficult for many to believe, especially as we look at the world around us and consider the prospects for our future.

There is an often-used phrase in many of our conversations today, “It is what it is.” We may look at this from a personal standpoint and conclude that “We are what we are,” and that’s that!  But the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 139:14 implies that yes, we are what we are, but that isn’t all that we are. I want to make clear that King David was not just saying these words fearfully. It does not mean we are made to be frightened or scared of the Lord. What is being said is that David, is being made (created) by God, and holds God in awe, respect and reverence.

None of us had a say in how we were made but we can have a say in what we become. We live in a world where many examples of a “successful life” would not be what God’s plan is for you. Some rock stars, athletic stars, entertainment stars or other icons may appear to be what we want to be, but in the end, we are better advised to choose what God wants us to be.

In any industry we find people who are the stars, at the top of their peers. While unseen, they were created by God and given their gifts or talents by him. And working under these people are the folks who actually make them what or who they are. Fame is fleeting.

When I look back, many of my years working towards the goals I set weren’t spent very wisely. Position, honor, admiration, reputation, security, etc. are certainly worthy human endeavors, but through the first half of my life, I didn’t consider what God’s plans were for me. To say it more clearly, “I didn’t include God in my plans.” There were many times that I looked at where I was at and circumstances that existed where I was at, and felt stomped on, aimless, and all too often worthless.

I have achieved each of those goals in some shape and form, but not one of them lasted. Even what I thought was security turned out to be more of a soap bubble that lasts just a short while. This scripture verse quoted above is personal to me, as it was one of the first that I really considered when I first began my life with Jesus. I discovered that I was made with a purpose in mind. Not what I had planned, but that God had a plan for me.

Every life is a gift of God, even when we don’t feel like it is. We have free moral agency to choose our path in life, and to choose whose counsel we will follow. We must remember that the god we choose to follow in this life will be the god we will serve throughout eternity. Scripture says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

Choose your God wisely!

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DAWN R. KELLY

In Memory of

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DAWN R. KELLY

January 30, 1965 – December 4, 2012

A limb has fallen from the family tree

I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song

The good life I lived while I was strong

Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest

Remember all, how I truly was blessed

Continue traditions, no matter how small

Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin

Until the day comes we’re together again

Loving and missing you more everyday!

Husband, Randy; kids, Ryan & Nickie, Brandon & Vanessa, Aaron & Blair, Adam & Chelsey; grandkids, Chase, Kyler, Caden, Brinleigh, Cameron & Kenzie

 

In Memory of

DAWN R. KELLY

January 30, 1965 – December 4, 2012

The tears in our eyes we can wipe away

The ache in our hearts will always stay

Your presence we miss

Your memory we treasure

Loving you always

Forgetting you never

Missing you more everyday!

Parents, Brothers and Sisters, Nieces and Nephews

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