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Chris Allen Martin, 68 of Durand, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 

Chris was born on August 24, 1949 to the late Grant and Betty (Landis) Martin.  He graduated from Flushing High School in the class of 1967 and spent most of his life working in various factories, but his favorite job was driving bus for Indian Trails.  Chris served his county faithfully in the United States Navy from July 31, 1968 to March 26, 1972.  Chris enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, he especially enjoyed fishing, golf, and camping.  He spent 15 years as a volunteer Fireman for Mt. Morris Township Fire Department. 

Chris is survived by his children; Amy (Matt) Chrzan, Aaron (Esther) Martin, and Andy (Brenda) Martin.  His grandchildren; Makayla Chrzan, Makenna Chrzan, Halie Martin, Julia Martin, Sydney Martin, and Carley Martin.  His siblings; Kendall (Janet) Martin, Tim (Deb) Martin, and Terry (Jan) Martin, also many nieces and nephews, and his special friend, Ellen Judson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.


Hurschel D. Hendrickson age 67 of Durand passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Hyde Park Memory Care in Flushing. A graveside service will be 2:30 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Hawkins Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Hurschel was born September 15, 1950 in Shirley, AK a son of Wesley and Ima (Carroll) Hendrickson. He enjoyed riding motorcycles. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he been employed by General Motors for many years.

Hurschel is survived by his children, Marty (Tracy) Dale, Christina Hendrickson, Michael Hendrickson and Amy Hendrickson; and grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Alexys, Austin, Logan and Dylan Hendrickson and Carter Kramer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ima; father, Wesley and brother, Doyle.

Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) 

Errol J Johnson, 70, returned to his heavenly home on November 21, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer.  His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. 

Errol came to know his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in 1975 late one night lying awake in bed; he was baptized the following year.  Errol’s life verse was Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Errol was a faithful servant of God and loved his church family.  He enjoyed serving the church as Sunday school teacher, Awana council time helper, senior saints leader, serving in his community group, and an elder.  Errol, who was known as "Mr. J" to the church children, was known for his quiet spirit and infectious smile.  Even though his three-year struggle with cancer, "Mr. J" strived to be at as many children’s outreach events as possible.

Errol was also involved with Lansing Area Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for years. He served as the Chairman of the Board and also helped with the Five-Day Clubs and with the Ark during the Shiawassee county fair. 

Errol also served his country by enlisting with the United States Coast Guard in 1964 and was discharged honorably in 1970.  During his time as a Coast Guardsman, he was stationed at Manitou Island, Muskegon, and Munising, Michigan.  Errol also served abroad in Sardinia, Italy.

In his personal time, Errol enjoyed camping in Northern Michigan, drawing, writing poetry, and spending time with his family and friends.

Errol faithfully served his family as a devoted husband, loving father, and patient grandfather.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lila and Arvid Johnson and leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife, Patty, of 44 years; son, Jacob (Wendy) Johnson of San Ramon, CA; daughter, Sally (Joel) Koskan of Wood, SD; 7 grandchildren: Ruby and Oliver Johnson, Echo, Anna, Jace, Mila, and Emma Koskan; and 3 brothers, Mike (Darlene) Johnson of Schoolcraft, MI, Jack (Chom) Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO, and Gary Johnson of Eaton Rapids, MI.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Graham Community Church. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.


Marshall F. Price age 88 of Durand passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. There are no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.


Aidan C. Reeks-Wolfe 4 months old passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. A memorial service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions in Aidan's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Wilma J. Turner age 92 of Durand passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Lodges of Durand. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial to follow to Lovejoy Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

Wilma was born January 3, 1925 in Saginaw, MI a daughter of Edward and Clara (Dietrich) Binger. on February 2, 1947 she married Robert F. Turner in Durand. He preceded her in death. Wilma was a member of The First Congregational Church in Durand, she volunteered for the Durand Sportsman's Association, Shiawassee Humane Society and the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and trap shooting. Prior to her retirement in 1988 she had been employed by Simplicity Engineering as a parts sales manager.

Wilma is survived by her children, Edward (Nan) Turner of Bancroft, MI, Mary Faichney of Gowen, MI and Shari (Dean) Black of Corunna, MI; grandchildren, Jill Boots, Jacob Turner, Daniel, Alex, John and Trevor Faichney and Eric and Leah Black; sister, Crystal (Binger) Lab; niece, Royanne Munson; and nephew, Tim Lab. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Turner; daughter, Robbi (Edmund) Asmir; and special friend, William Prowant.

Memorial Contributions in Wilma's name are suggested to the Durand Area High School Band Boosters or the Shiawassee Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donald G. Stevenson age 90 of Durand passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Courtyard Manor of Swartz Creek. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor John Walworth will be officiating. Burial to follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Donald was born July 12, 1927 in Durand, a son of William and Iva (Holmes) Stevenson. Donald served in the Merchant Marines during W.W.II. He was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1946. On October 16, 1948 he married Marjorie Higby. Donald served on the Community Health Board and the School board for many years. Prior to his retirement in 1982 he was a distributer for Standard Oil and served on the Fire Department for 25 years.

Donald is survived by his wife, Marjorie Stevenson; children, Ann (James) Pilon, Robert Stevenson and Jane Walters; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and 4 brothers.

Memorial Contributions in Donald's name are suggested to the Shiawassee District Library, Durand Branch. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Marjorie Mabel Woodgate, age 89 of Lennon, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Durand VFW at 11am.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10am, a lunch will follow the service.   

Marjorie was born on January 26, 1928 in Pickford, Michigan to the late Maxwell and Margaret (Hall) Lehigh.  She graduated  from Pickford High School in the class of 1945 and spent her life as a homemaker.  On February 11, 1957 she married Clifton James Woodgate in Angola, Indiana.  Marjorie ran the bingo for the VFW, she was a member of the Eagles, Loaves and Fishes, and volunteered at several different places. 

Marjorie is survived by her children; James Clifton (Patty) Woodgate of Memphis, TN. Karin (Nick) Riccobono of Novi, MI. Clifton "Buzz" Arthur (Julia) Woodgate of Roscommon, MI. Kathleen Nitz of Howell, MI. and Kevin (Shawn) Woodgate of Byron, MI. also her 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and her brother John (Iris) Lehigh of Sault, MI. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Clifton, 2 brothers, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Woodgate's name are suggested to the Loaves and Fishes Pantry. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


David C. Feight age 81 of Laingsburg passed away, Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m at Laingsburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brian West officiating. Family will received friends one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg Chapel.

David was born on June 15, 1936 in Belleville, MI , the son of Glenn and Olive (Dickerson) Feight.  He was a graduate of Belleville High School and three years at Central Michigan.
He served in the U.S. Army for six years.  Dave was a self-employed contractor and excavator.

He is survived by his partner, C.L. Adams, two children; Kip Feight and Sandra Patzoldt, grandson, Evan Patzoldt, and two brothers  Richard Feight and Keith (Patricia) Feight.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Laingsubrg United Methodist Church or Make-A- Wish Foundation.  On-line condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Susan M. Hottois age 49 of Byron passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 20, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Stan Szelkowski will be officiating. Burial will follow to Byron Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Susan was born February 27, 1968 in Lansing, MI a daughter of John and Delores (Olsen) Marcus. On February 2, 1990 she married Todd Hottois. Her hobbies included reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a mail carrier for many years for the Howell Post Office.

Susan is survived by her husband, Todd Hottois; children, Krystal (Bradley) Howard, Andrew Hottois and Holly Hottois; grandchildren, Ruby and Jude Howard; father, John Marcus; and brother, Steve Marcus. She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Marcus.

Memorial Contributions in Susan's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Wendy Jane Mansfield, age 56 of Lennon, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at her home.  She was born December 23, 1960 in Owosso to Charles and Mary (Straza) Weller and was a graduate of Corunna High School.  On September 17, 2011 Wendy married Marty Mansfield on Mackinac Island.  Wendy owned her own business as a pilot car driver assisting truckers with hauling oversize loads.  She had a great love for animals and had taken part in many horse and dog shows.  Wendy and Marty also enjoyed Disney World and would visit every other year for weeks at a time.

Wendy is survived by her husband, Marty; parents: Charles and Mary Weller of Lennon; step-daughter, Cori Mansfield of Illinois; sister, Sue (Tom) Wright of Nevada; niece, Sara (Scott) Bieber of Alaska; nephew, John Luick of Owosso; mother and father-in-law, Joan and William Mansfield of Indiana and brother-in-law, David Mansfield of Indiana.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be sent to Wendy's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Rosemary Jane (Blackburn) Hutchinson of Durand, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 peacefully at home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel with Pastor John Walworth Officiating. Her Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 – 7:00 pm and again Monday one hour prior to the service.

Rosemary was born October 16, 1952 in Durand to Donald & Ellamae (Parks) Blackburn. She is survived by her husband Arthur Hutchinson of 41 years of Durand, Children Nicholas Hutchinson of Byron, Erin (Scott) Jones of Durand and two grandchildren Drew and Allie Jones.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Bethany Everhart of Fenton, Tom and Irene Blackburn of McKinleyville, CA, Sue Hale of Durand, Michael & Eileen Blackburn of Portland, OR, Christine Maier of Durand, Brian and Cindy Blackburn of Durand, Jim & Claudia Berry of Everett, WA, Mark and Peggy Blackburn of Durand.

Other close surviving relatives include several sisters and brothers-in-law, including: Jan Hutchinson of Topinabee, MI, Audrey Hutchinson, Toledo, OH, Herb Hutchinson of Indian River, MI, Bob and Nicki Townsend of Gaines, MI, Joe and Paula Hutchinson of Durand, Ross and Valerie Bassett of Topinabee, MI, Tom and Debbie Hutchinson of Indian River, MI, Raymond and Dawn Hutchinson of Owosso, MI and Mary Sereseroz of North Zulch, TX and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, mother and father-in-law James and Valerie Hutchinson, brothers-in-law Larry Hale, Robert Maier, James Hutchinson, Walt Hutchinson and nephew Zachari Blackburn.

Rosemary was a 1970 graduate of Byron High School and has lived in the Durand area her entire life. She loved her home, flower gardens, bird watching, studying local history and family genealogy. She devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and beloved Annie. She was a peaceful, caring and loving person.

Memorial contributions given in Rosemary’s name are suggested the Shiawassee Humane Society or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Janet E. Barr, age 88 of Durand, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, September 28, 2017. There are no
services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.


Kenneth Charles Toomey, age 85, of Durand, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his home.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3pm at the Byron Baptist Church, Pastor Gary Barber will officiate with burial to follow in the Byron Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2-6pm, and on Monday at the church from 1-3pm. 

Kenneth was born in Flint, Michigan on February 3, 1932 to the late Thelma (Cates) Toomey.  He served his country faithfully in the United States Army from 1952-1954.  Kenneth married Shirley Olmstead at the Byron Baptist Church on September 25, 1954, she predeceased him on October 10, 2000.  He then married Diane Tanks on May 19, 2001.  Kenneth was a member of the Byron Baptist Church for 60 plus years, he was a self taught architect and drew hundreds of churches and homes throughout his life.  He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed his go carts and motorcycles including his antique motorcycle.   

Kenneth is survived by his wife Diane, his children; Rick (Ginger) Toomey, Lorry Toomey, Randy (Bev) Toomey, and Lisa (Jeff) Hunter.  His grandchildren; Mandy, Drew, Cody, Nick, Jesse, Michael, and Justin, his great-grandchildren; McKenzie, Teslin, and Dawson, also his brother, Calvin Cates. 

Mr. Toomey was predeceased by both of his parents, his first wife, Shirley, and his brother, Delbert Toomey.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


John W. Lott age 52 of Gaines passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home. A memorial service will be 5:00 PM Monday, September 25, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Deacon Rod Amon will be officiating. Family will receive friends from 1 PM until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Evan Stuart Gardner, age 21 of Durand, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017 as the result of a motorcycle accident.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor Eric Johnson will officiate.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5-8pm and again on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 1-4pm.  Online condolences can be shared with the family at, www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Eula Jean Ellsworth, 85, of Durand, died Wednesday, September 13, while hospitalized in Lansing. She suffered a stroke September 3 at home and was receiving intensive therapy to recover until her condition deteriorated and lead to her death.

She was born October 7, 1931 in Durand, the daughter of Charles and Ruth Nelson. A lifelong Durand resident, she married Arthur Ellsworth July 11, 1953.They lived in the same house just west of Durand for the last 62 years, celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary this summer.

She worked 28 years as a cook in the Durand Area Schools hot lunch program. Following the retirement of her mother from the position in 1974, Jean became head cook in the Durand High School hot lunch program. She remained in that position until her retirement in 1993. Jean was a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Durand/Vernon Area Ambulance Service for many years. She was an auxiliary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter in Durand.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; twin sons Michael, and wife Laurie, of Bancroft, and Jeffrey, and wife Susan, of Lansing; daughter, Carol Keyes, and husband John, of Owosso; Grandchildren Justin Keyes of Owosso; Steven Keyes of Henderson; Shelley Schultz, and husband Andy, of Morrice; Jarrad Ellsworth, and wife Stacy, of Durand; Alison Ellsworth of Clarkston; and Sarah Thrubis, and husband Jim, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also survived by great grandchildren Ella and Ethan Schultz of Morrice and Audrey Ellsworth of Durand. Also surviving is one brother, Charles Nelson Jr. of Durand.

Funeral Services will be Monday, September 18 at 1 p.m. in the Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Durand chapel. Rev. Ray Strawser will be officiating. A funeral luncheon will follow at the Dutch Hollow Golf Course in Durand. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-6 PM.

The family requests the in lieu of flowers, mourners make a donation in Jean’s name to the charity of their choice.


Janet M. Young, age 77 of Durand, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  A private family service was held. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Janet was born June 12, 1940 in Owosso to the late George and Veronica (Heeney) Bowles.  She attended St. Paul High School in Owosso, graduating in 1958.  On February 23, 1963 she married Roy Young in Owosso and together they raised 3 sons.

Janet was a volunteer with the DVA for many years.  She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand, the Durand VFW Women's Auxiliary and the Durand Eagles Auxiliary.  She enjoyed golfing and her card clubs.

Janet is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roy; 3 sons: Kurt (Sam) Young of Georgia, Scott (Kelly) Young of Florida, David Young of Durand; 3 grandchildren: Haleigh Young, Mya Young and Hannah Goul; siblings: Donna Sheldon, Marion Bean and Gerald Bowles as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers: Tom, Raymond and Bernie Bowles and a sister, Geraldine Bowles.

Memorial contributions given in Mrs. Young's name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Betty Jean Shook age 95 of Durand passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, September 15, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Durand. There will be an hour of visitation preceding the funeral.  Pastor Russell Park will be officiating. The family also will receive friends on Thursday from 4-7 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.
Betty Eddy was born June 29, 1922 in Durand, a daughter of Lemuel and Bernice (Dodge) Eddy. On May 15, 1947 she married Bert Shook, and they were married for 70 years. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Durand. She volunteered for the Red Cross blood drives for 30 years. Betty also was a nurses aide for Chevrolet Manufacturing in Flint until she had children. She was a homemaker after that time.

Betty is survived by her husband, Bert Shook; children, Greg Shook and Doug (Viji) Shook; grandchildren, Jeff, Scott, and Jason Shook; great grandson, Cody Shook and best friend, Wanda Lamphere. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde and Richard, and sister, Geraldine.

Online condolences may be made at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Betty J. Shepard age 90 of Durand passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at The Lodges of Durand. A memorial service will be 11:00 AM at the Gaines United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Rev. Eric Johnson will be officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Betty was born April 26, 1927 in Pleasant View, UT a daughter of John and Eunice (Deem) Pitman. On June 29, 1946 she married Duane Shepard. They were members of the Gaines United Methodist Church. Betty was a past Den Mother for Boy Scouts of America, 4-H Leader, a school bus driver and Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed Golfing, gardening, painting, ceramics, knitting, crocheting and she enjoyed doing seamstress work.

Betty is survived by her husband, Duane Shepard; children, Michael (Bonnie) Shepard, Larry (Dawn) Shepard and Patricia Shepard; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Susan Briscoe; and brother, Jack Pitman. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brother, Raymond Pitman.

Memorial Contributions in Betty's name are suggested to the Gaines United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Mary Ellen (Wyon) Palmer age 59 of Bancroft passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, September 1, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastors Don White and Russ Merrill will be officiating. Burial will follow to Yerian Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 3-8 PM.

Mary Ellen Mogg was born November 4, 1957 in Owosso, a daughter of William and Nellie (Braley) Mogg. On December 21, 1979 she married Henri Wyon. On November 17, 2002 he preceded her in death. On July 7, 2007 she married Doug Palmer. Mary and Doug were members of the Lennon Lions Club and Vittles for Vets together. She enjoyed taking care of friends and family, helping veterans and donating to children in need. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed by the Owosso School System for many years as a paraprofessional working with special education children.

Surviving Mary is her husband, Doug Palmer; children, April (Don) Reidsma, Rachida (Gator) Woodward, Tracy (Brent) Nelson, Michelle (Ben) Quake, Salley Palmer, Brian (Dawn) Palmer, Michael (Michelle) Wyon, Scott Palmer, James (Danielle) Palmer and Rebecca Gibson; 24 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and brothers, William, David (Anna) and Sam (Cheryl). She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henri Wyon; both parents; 2 sisters; 1 brother; 1 grandson; and 1 great granddaughter.

Memorial Contributions in Mary's name are suggested to the Lennon Lions Club. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Laura K. Spence age 54 of Gaines, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at her home. Funeral will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Steven Wood will be officiating. Burial to follow to Love Joy Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-8 PM.

Laura Kay Jones was born March 22, 1963 in Flint, MI a daughter of Chester and Doris (Gilman) Jones. On December 1, 1984 she married Richard Spence. She was a member of the Durand Lioness Club and the First Congregational Church of Durand. She enjoyed cooking and being around her friends and family. She was actively involved in her children's sports and band for school. She loved her children very much. Prior to her retirement, she worked for Dayton Hudson Department store in Flint for many years. She also worked for the Durand school systems as a paraprofessional for several years.

Laura is survived by her husband, Richard Spence; children, Cassandra (Shawn) Maynard and Candace (Bradley) Aldrich; grandchildren, Alara, Tristan, Henry and Rosalie; brothers, Bruce (Sue) Jones and Larry (Marlene) Jones; brother-in-law, Michael (Nancy) Spence; sister-in-law, Karla (Steve) Waldron; nephews, Derek and Ryan; niece, Taylor; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and very good friends. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.

Memorial Contributions in Laura's name are suggested to the First Congregational Church of Durand or the Durand Volleyball Team. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Alexander Thomas Rushka, age 82, of Lennon, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his home.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand, Rev. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will celebrate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.  The Rosary will be prayed at 7pm, Sunday evening at the funeral home. 

Alexander was born in New York, New York on July 25, 1935 to the late Alexander Thomas and Mary Anna (Pavlica) Rushka.  Alexander served his country faithfully in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956.  On June 20, 1969 he married the late Doris Eva Young in Caro, Michigan.  Alexander retired from General Motors as a Journeyman Pipefitter. 

Mr. Rushka is survived by his children; Christopher (Karen) Rushka and Shawn (Lisa) Rushka.  His grandchildren; Aimee (Jason) Monroe, Kristin Rushka, his namesake, Alexander Thomas Rushka III, Ashley (Shaun) Merry, Corey Crossnoe, and his great-granddaughter, Annabelle Simpson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Doris on December 8, 2008, and his mother and father in-laws, John and Alta Young.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Rushkas name are suggested to the St. Mary Catholic Church of Durand. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family by going to www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Mary L. Baker age 91 of Nashville, TN formerly of Lennon passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home in TN. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 25, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Rev. Barb Benjamin will be officiating. Burial to follow to Yerian Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Mary was born October 13, 1925 in Wyandotte, MI a daughter of Harrison and Bertha (Parks) Cordell. On September 30, 1944 she married Donald Baker. He preceded her in death in 2010. They were members of the Lennon United Methodist Church together.

Mary is survived by her children, Diane Baker of Nashville, TN and Linda (Don) Bagley of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Jodi (Rodd) Rummel and Donald Bagley III; 4 great grandchildren; and brothers, Frank Cordell and Harry Cordell. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Baker; daughter, Kathy Baker; granddaughter, Kristin Snow; and 6 siblings.

Memorial Contributions in Mary's name are suggested to the Lennon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joseph G. Evans age 82 of Corunna passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at The Lodges of Durand. There are no services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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