Jean Winchell, 89, of Freeland, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2012, at the Caretel Inn in Bay City, after a lengthy illness.
Jean was born in Bethany Twp., Gratiot Co. on Feb. 7, 1923, to the late Niles and Lena (Rooks) Cummings and resided in this area most of her life. Jean was member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7320 in Merrill/Hemlock and the 83rd Infantry Association for many years. She also enjoyed singing in the Joyce and Friends group out of Colony Cove, Fla., crocheting and travelling. She was a diamond direct distributor of Amway for many years.
On Aug. 13, 1954, she married Bruce E. Winchell. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2006.
Jean is survived by seven children, Rev. Jean Winther of Mount Pleasant, David King of St. Petersburg, Fla., Thomas (Esther) Winchell of Saginaw, Michele (Joe) Grant of Freeland, Susan (Anthony) Bosley of Detour Village, Kim Winchell of Houston, Texas, and Carol Rames of Richfield, Ohio. Twelve grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren also survive Jean. A granddaughter, Heather Hughes; great-grandson, Justin King-Taljonick; two brothers, Rex Cummings and Keith Cumming; and two sisters, Eileen Houghton and Lois Willoughby have preceded Jean.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Freeland United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jean Winther will officiate, with burial to follow in Westside Cemetery, Freeland. Friends may call at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, 310 E. Washington, Freeland, on Sunday from 2-8 p.m., and on Monday at church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Heartland Hospice of Bay City, Crisis Pregnancy Service of Midland, or the donor's favorite charity.