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Matthew John Davis, “Matt” of St Mary’s, GA, formerly of Cedar Springs, MI, passed away suddenly on May 15, 2021 at home.  He was 38. Matt was born August 15, 1982 in Kingman, Az but spent the majority of his growing up years in Michigan in the Ionia and Cedar Springs area. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2001. He went on to join the Army National guard where he received specialized training in HVAC. He took his training to Georgia where he continued to develop skills in all aspects of the building trades with a passion and particular skill for finish carpentry and woodworking. He was an active member in his church in St Mary’s and spent several years mentoring through his church youth program and participating in small group. Matt had a strong love of family but his greatest pride and joy was his son, Joe. They spent many summers and school breaks adventuring together in Georgia and Florida. He is survived by his son, Joseph Davis of Stanwood; his parents, Roger and Deb (Winchester) Gren of Manton; his sisters, Sarah (Joey) Butler of Greenville, Rachel (Sean) Hinkle of Cleveland, OH, Deborah (DJ) Davis (Josh Earl) of Cedar Springs, Naomi (Chuck) Johnson, Amanda (Alex) Rodriguez and his brothers, Stephen (Jessica) Gren of Greenville, Robert Escabi of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Denise and Jeffrey Montgomery, Daniel and Terry Winchester, Janet and John Parker, Joann and David Gren, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his father, Joseph Davis. At his request, Matt was cremated and a service of memorial will be held Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m. at Green Corners Baptist Church, Belding, MI.  A luncheon and time of visiting will follow afterwards at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: To Write Love on her Arms at http://twloha.com

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Mrs. Leone Marie Davis of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 89, passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born to Frank and Auril (Wells) Middleton on Friday, August 21, 1925 in Grant, Michigan and had been a life-long resident of the West Michigan area. During her childhood, she was raised on several farms in the Grant, Bailey, Casnovia, and Kent City areas. This sustainable lifestyle served as a blessing for a child growing up during the Depression era. As a child she always found herself picking string beans and cucumbers. Leone attended the Free Methodist Church. She loved to attend Sunday school and prepared funeral lunches. In addition to being a homemaker, Leone also worked for Wolverine Worldwide for 21 years and was a cook and prep cook at Kelly’s Restaurant where she was well known for her croutons. Leone loved many things in life, such as square dancing since she was a young girl, and going to the Montcalm County 4-H Fair in Greenville. However, the love she had for her family and the faith she had in her Lord, was truly immeasurable. She was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother and mother-in-law, and the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all those who knew her. Leone is survived by her loving children Skip (Cindy) Davis and Sharon DeVries; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; siblings Barth Middleton, Francis “Butch” (Glenda) Middleton, Opal Waller, Lucille Middleton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Davis in 1992; son-in-law, Don DeVries; and siblings Vera Armstrong, Agnes Feikema, Cleo Middleton, and Clair Middleton. Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and funeral service for Leone was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Tri-County Country 4-H Club, 16161 Wickert Avenue, Sand Lake, MI 49343.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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June Marguerite (Randall) Woodworth Davis was born January 6, 1920 to Vera Moe and Albert Randall on Jerico Rd., Rockford. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1937 and 1 year at Western Teachers Collage [WMU] she married Earl Woodworth on March 24, 1937. They had 5 children: Mary DeRyke, Gayle Wernette, Nancy Switzer, Jerrold Woodworth and Melissa McDannold. After Earl’s death she married Sherman Davis on April 1,1972 adding 2 more sons, David and Duane Davis. June died May 29, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is survived by her 7 children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren. A family burial service will be held August 24 at Courtland Cemetery. Memorials can be given to a Library of your choice.


Setting a Good Example

Winners of Rotary 4-way test essay competition

By Donna Clark and Tom Noreen

Eight classes participated this year in the Cedar Springs Rotary’s Annual 4-Way Test Essay Contest with the 5th grade at Cedar View Elementary. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the two best essays from their class, and from those 16, our 4-Way Committee, Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark, were to choose three.

It was very hard to choose just three, so we didn’t—we chose five. We had a tie for 4th place!

The top three stories talk of the great example that was set by someone and then how that special example inspired them to change or respond in some way.

We read some great stories on the theme of Setting a Good Example, like my Grandma wrote the meaning of my name and put it on a plaque and I look at it every day; Kyanna encourages her little sister to do her homework, get a good education, and a good career; boredom can do strange things to boys, such as cause them to throw berries at Mrs. Penny’s house, run off when she appeared, and then later coming back to apologize and clean up the mess. Needless to say, it was very interesting for our committee to have the chance to read the top two essays from each class.

Rotary has developed a meaningful partnership with Principal Mike Duffy and the teachers and students of the 5th grade class over the years. Mrs. Boverhof has been our contact person for the essay writing partnership between Rotary and Cedar View for four years now.

Mrs. Boverhof noted, “Every year something new pops up. This year when I introduced the topic of ‘Setting a Good Example,’ I was met with blank stares.” She explained they could give examples. Hopefully as a result of these essays we will have “given the kids an awareness of what ‘setting a good example’ looks and feels like.”

This year’s winners are in order Nicole Kukla, Peyton Elliston, Mariah Reich and tied for fourth Blake Williams and Brandon Owens. You can find Nicole’s essay below.

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary 4-Way Test. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy. The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943.

Nicole’s essay:

My Mom My Hero

By Nicole Kukla

Incredible! That is what I think about my mom. She is a single mom who takes care of two kids, works Monday through Friday, and still has time to do exciting things with us. She has taught me so many things and is always setting a good example for me. One of the most important things she taught me is to never give up. It’s something she never does. She probably doesn’t even think about it. I have watched her do so many things, but the thing I never saw her do is give up.

My mom takes care of my sister and I all by herself. She feeds us, pays for sports, and most importantly puts a roof over our heads. I don’t know how she does it. She works so hard to make sure we are successful in everything we do. My sister and I are sometimes very hard to take care of because we argue. But we get along fifty percent of the time. On top of all of the other things she does, she works. I have never seen anybody work so hard before. My mom also has to make a ton of sacrifices for us. On the weekends, my mom takes us to sports. My sister has winter guard and I have soccer. She could be hanging out with her friends but she doesn’t. These are her famous words, “my kids come first.”

Sometimes my sister and I make sacrifices for our mom. Sometimes on the weekends, we like to hang out with her. It is like our way of saying thank you for everything that she does. Our sacrifices aren’t really important though because it is fun to spend time with her. When I’m older, I want to be like my mom and set good examples for the people around me.

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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