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Andrews, Floris  
Floris A. Andrews Battle Creek Floris A. Andrews, age 88, of Battle Creek died Wednesday evening, August 26, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek.  She was born in Howell, Michigan on January 21, 1927, the loving daughter of Alva A. and Lillian J. (Buhl) Dickson.  Floris married Robert A. "Bob" Andrews on June 29, 1948 in Howell, MI; he sadly preceded her in death on November 27, 2010.  She is survived by her three children, Pam (Bob Toye) Andrews of East Lansing, Al (Michelle) Andrews of Naples, FL and Denise (Bill) Martin of Orlando, FL; six grandchildren, Cessa and Cori Andrews-McMullen, Haley (Brian) Slagh and Brittany Martin, Rob (Maya DiRado) and Greg Andrews; three great-grandchildren, Addison, Ellery and Conrad Slagh; and her beloved Pomeranian, "Roxxi".  Floris was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tom McMullen, and a brother, Stanley Dickson.  Floris was a dedicated member of Westlake Presbyterian Church, a former member of the Sweet Adalines, and a life-member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  A true lover of music and her church, Floris enjoyed singing, playing the piano, her dogs, and spending time with her family.  Floris was a very talented cake decorator and made every one of her children's wedding cakes. The family will receive friends 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Westlake Presbyterian Church where a memorial service to celebrate her life will be officiated by Rev. Kate Johnston at 11:00 a.m., Monday.  Interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Westlake Presbyterian Church or North Pointe Woods.  Arrangements have been made by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.  Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015
Britton, Owen  
Owen Robert Britton Battle Creek Owen Robert Britton 88 of Battle Creek, died Monday August 24, 2015 at his home.  He was born on September 25, 1926 in Lansing, Michigan, to Cecil M. and Anne E. (Kifer) Britton. At an early age he came to Battle Creek with his parents to live on the old Lakewood Dairy Farm on Territorial Rd. until moving to Athens in 1930. He returned to Battle Creek in 1935 to live with his grandparents on the old Battle Creek Sanitarium Poultry Farm on West Goguac St.  He attended the Prairieview Elementary School, which was at that time the old Lakeview High School on Highland Avenue until moving to Climax, Michigan, graduating from Climax High School in 1945. Following graduation he entered the Army and took his basic training at Camp Joseph T. Roberson in Arkansas.  After basic training he was assigned to the 281st Military Police Co., Corps of Military Police in Rome Allied Command of Italy.  He served in the Rome until he was Honorably Discharged in 1947.  In 1948 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, being called to active duty in early 1950. He served state side until being released from Active Duty in 1951. He met the love of his life, Patricia E. Newton in 1947 and they were married June 19, 1949. They then moved to Battle Creek where they resided until their deaths. Owen was employed by Michigan Carton Co., the St. Regis Co., the Champion International Paper Co. and the Waldorf Co., from which he retired in 1988 after 41 years in paper manufacturing. He was an adult leader for many years with the Boy Scouts of America in Battle Creek, serving Cubmaster of Pack 19 Nottawa Trails District / 319 Southwest Michigan Council of Verona School.  Additionally he served as a Scoutmaster for 9 years of troop 19/319, was a Round-Table Commissioner,  Pack and Troop Committee Chairman,  Institutional Representatives,  and adult leader of the Philmont Expedition in 1967.  Owen was proud to have been a Vigil Member of the B.S.A. Order of the Arrow and received a number of awards, including the 25 year membership award and the B.S.A.'s highest honor, the Silver Beaver award in 1975.  He was also active in the Camp Fire Girls Program for several years, serving as an Assistant Group leader, chairman of the board of directors of the Dowling area Camp Kitanniwa, and 1st vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the old Kitanniwa Council.  For this service he received several honors, including the Sebago Award from the local council and the Luther Halsey Gulick award from the National Campfire Council in 1984. In 1987 Owen and his wife, Patricia, became active with the Native Americans of Southwest Michigan. During the ensuing years they came to follow the Pow Wow Trail and were active with events of "The People", who came to accept them as "brother and sister" in the Native American culture.  In time they became known as "The Elders"and in 1998, Owen was awarded the greatest, most honored and revered Eagle feather - the mark of a Native Warrior.  It would be the first of 3 Eagle feathers he would achieve over the years.  In 2000 both Owen and his wife became Citizens of the Métis Nation of Michigan (Métis meaning "mixed blood").  In 2002 they were appointed to the State Council of the Métis Nation of Michigan to establish the position of Senior State Elder and Senior State Elder Mother.  Owen and Patricia found great personal satisfaction and spiritual uplifting dancing with their Native American brothers and sisters within the Sacred Circle.  He enjoyed creating the hand-made accessories which were worn and used in their Regalia, including all of his own bead work. Owen was also an avid bowler in his younger years, participating on a number of Battle Creek area league teams. He was also an ardent fisherman, he loved to travel, and enjoyed photography of wild-life and the out-of-doors, as well as boating and canoeing.  Additionally, Owen was a writer and poet who had several pieces published in anthologies and poetry.com , and in 2012 his poetry book, Whispers' and Drums was published.   Owen is survived by daughters Diana Tomlinson (Bob Sellers) of Battle Creek, Lora (Patrick) Waffle of Colon, MI; son, Ralph (Michelle)  Britton of Eckford, MI; daughter-in-law Tracy Britton of Flippin, AR; half sisters Diana L. Glispy of Orlando, FL, and Bonnie (Gerald) Lagassee of Hickory, NC; half brother Bill (Marilyn) Pierce of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren: Dan (Angela) Britton, Hope Mills, NC, Mat Britton (Fiona Lajoie) of Battle Creek, Bree Tomlinson and Ty Tomlinson of  Charleston, SC, Mitchell (Shelby) Britton of Kalamazoo, Seth Britton of East Lansing, Jacob Britton of Portage, IN, Madison and Mallory Burke, Eckford, MI; great-grandchildren: Elijah, Jayden, Jillian Britton of Hope Mills, NC, Brooke Tomlinson of Charleston, SC; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Owen is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Newton) Britton; two sons, Walter R. Britton and Mark L. Britton. The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Friday, September 4, 2015 at the funeral home.  Internment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49015; the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Summer Youth Camp, Pine Creek Reservation Southern Administration Office, 1485 Mno Bmadzewen Way, Fulton,  MI 49052 or the Boy Scouts of America, 3213 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544. www.henryfuneralhome.org
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, 2015
Case, Dennis Michael  
52, of Battle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Affordable Memorial Services, Battle Creek. www.affordablememorialservices.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Clark, Martin J.  
78, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Committal services 10 a.m. Thursday at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home. www.shawfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Conley, Nathaniel  
102, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Funeral services 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, with visitation one hour prior. www.bachmanhebble.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Ellison, Elizabeth Louise "Betty"  
75, of Battle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service. Memorial services 2 p.m. Friday at Augusta Cemetery. www.baxterfuneral.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2015
Esterline, Eleanor A.  
95, of Homer, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Visitation 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. Funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Grimm, Sheila  
Sheila Carol Grimm Sheila Carol Grimm, 72, died August 17, 2015 with her devoted family by her side in Broomfield, CO. Sheila was born November 28, 1942 to Maxine and Doyle Grimm in Battle Creek, MI.  She attended school at the Ann J Kellogg School and later lived at Hill House in Battle Creek.  In 1992 she moved to Colorado to be closer to her sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. Sheila was such an inspiration and a blessing to her family and friends maintaining such a positive attitude and a marvelous "giggle" through her physical and developmental challenges.  Sheila was very active in her nursing home community and was known as a celebrity as those who knew her loved her.  She always had a smile on her a face and loved to tell and hear jokes.  Sheila was never happier than when she was playing Uno and was a champion Uno player.  She will be forever missed. Sheila was preceded in death by her father, and is survived by her mother, Maxine Grimm; her sister, Sandy Gilmer; her brother-in-law, Jim Gilmer; her nieces, Terra Cook and Tawnya Gilmer; her nephews, Matt Gilmer and Aaron Cook; and her great niece and nephews, Zac Cook, Savannah Gilmer, Noah Cook and James Gilmer. Memorial Services will be held at the Frontier United Methodist Church at 9948 Short St., Frontier, Michigan on Wednesday September 16 at 1:00.  Rev. Douglas Nettleton of the Pennfield Presbyterian Church where Sheila was a member from 1961 until she moved to Denver in 1999 will officiate. A meal will be served afterward at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Imagine" at  1400 Dixon Ave., Lafayette, CO  80026/303 665-7789, or ImagineColorado.org .  Sheila and many others with developmental and physical challenges have received valuable support services through this nonprofit organization.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Harper, Elizabeth  
Elizabeth Ann Harper Parma Age 36, died August 26, 2015 at her family home in Parma, Michigan.  She obtained an Associate Degree in Psychology from Kellogg Community College, going on to pursue her dream of working with children with special needs in Battle Creek for more than a decade, specializing in helping children with autism.  She is survived by her parents, Connie and Paul Harper, brothers, Matthew and Mark. A celebration of Beth's life will be held at the Desnoyer Funeral Home, 204 N. Blackstone, Jackson on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 12:00 Noon with Father Robert Pienta officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the ASPCA or National Autism Association in Beth's name.  To send condolences to the family or read the complete obituary go to desnoyerfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 30, 2015
Kimble Jr., Charles Wesley "Wes"  
75, of Battle Creek, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Funeral services 10 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church. www.farleyestesdowdle.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2015
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