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Marie A. Florian Eaton Rapids Age 66, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, October 21, 2009. She was born in Eaton Rapids, February 26, 1943, the daughter of Laurence and Velma (Harshey) Clarke and was a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids. Marie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved the Lord and lived to serve Him. She was a gifted artist and writer. Her love of the Lord and nature were reflected in her drawings, paintings, writings and poetry. She was a published poet in Ideals Magazine, World of Poetry and self-published three poetry books. Marie was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, a Sunday school teacher for 38 years, a Stephen Minister for 20 years and Mentor Mom to the local MOPS group for 8 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Clare Swan and baby brother, Laurence Keith Clarke. Marie is survived by her loving husband of 47½years, Carl J. Florian; sons, Gregory (Danell) Florian of Charlotte, John (Kimberly) Florian of Mason, Jeffrey (Heather) Florian of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael Florian; brothers, Alan (Marcia) Clarke of Eaton Rapids, Dean (Linda) Clarke of Bellevue, Donald (Joyce) Clarke of Eaton Rapids, Gary (Ruth) Clarke of Springport, Maurice Clarke (Gloria Fleming) of Florida, Maynard (Kathy) Clarke of Georgia; aunt, Grace Pierce; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Joyce Showerman, Audrey Kowalk, Wayne and Dianne Clone; her Bible study group, Ina Myers, Barbara Stanton and Pastor Irene Vittoz. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Visitation will be Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, First United Methodist Church or Youth Haven Ranch in memory of Marie A. Florian. www.shellyodell.com

Published in Lansing State Journal on Oct. 23, 2009
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