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EVELYN RUTH JOHNSON CARPENTER


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Evelyn Ruth Johnson Carpenter, age 97, passed away at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on August 5. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Byron Center, Michigan on November 23, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Harold and Minnie Boone Johnson. She married Donavon Carpenter on March 30, 1946. They were married for 52 years upon his death on April 2, 1998. After his death, Mrs. Carpenter moved to Belmont and lived there independently until 2015. That year she moved to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, due to physical needs that necessitated a higher level of care. During her younger years she and her husband lived in the Sand Lake area for most of their married life. They owned a restaurant there, where she was the manager and cook. He managed a discount store, and later they both owned, managed and worked in a cut-rate drug store. During this time, they were both involved in the Chamber of Commerce and several times either chaired or co-chaired the large Independence Day celebration or parade in town each July 4. Mrs. Carpenter was known to be tireless on behalf of her church and her community. Her husband was a charter member of the local VFW Post 7912 in Sand Lake, and she of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post. She served as president and treasurer of the Auxiliary, ad was also chosen as president of the ladies VFW Auxiliary eighth district. In addition, she served as treasurer for Camp Trotter, the Michigan VFW-sponsored children’s camp in Newaygo, Michigan. She was honored by the VFW post upon her 50th and 60th years of service with that organization. As part of that service, she was always a supporter of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and for more than 20 years was an active volunteer at that facility, often working there three to four days per week to assist in any way she could. In total, she logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours on behalf of the Home for Veterans. She served on the administrative board, on several committees and sang in the choir of the Maple Hill United Methodist Church until the church joined other churches to form the Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City, Michigan. She remained active in that church until her move to Belmont. Most recently, she attended the Rockford United Methodist Church. She and Mr. Carpenter served as foster parents to several children and her home was always open to young people who needed her. She could often be found taking food to neighbors, shut-ins or friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law, Arthur and Blanche Carpenter; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Johnson Peterson (Curtis) and Mary Lois Johnson Gage (Edwin); one brother and sister-in-law, Stanley Johnson (Marie); her sister- and brother-in law, Dorothy Carpenter Conran (Larry); and her special friend, Bill Ross. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Carpenter (Judy) of Greeneville, Tennessee; and one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Carpenter Sherd (Doug) of Sand Lake, Michigan. Also, four grandchildren and their spouses: Lisa Carpenter Huddleston (Edward) of Florence, Kentucky; Brent Carpenter (Libby Gray) of Cape Charles, Virginia; Seth Ream of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Cami Ream of Sand Lake, Michigan. Plus three great-grandchildren – Clay, Luke and Sam Huddleston, all of Florence, Kentucky. She also leaves several nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Dennis Conran, who had been so helpful to her, as well as special friends Gloria Yff, Ann Phillips and Jean Spence. Mrs. Carpenter will be cremated. Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home of Cedar Springs is coordinating the arrangements. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church in Howard City. No formal visitation will take place, though immediate family will greet family and friends beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for the excellent care provided to Mrs. Carpenter during the past few years.

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

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