Kathleen T. Earnest, 95, of Traverse City, Mich., formerly of Reed City, Mich., passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Willow Cottage.
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Kathleen, or Kate, to her family and friends, was born Feb. 21, 1918, to the late Dee and May Sullivan Stanton in Sears, Mich.
She graduated from Evart High School. After high school, she and her older sister, Marie, enjoyed going to dances at local barns and town halls. On July 13, 1940, Kate entered into marriage with Clifford John "Kip" Earnest. The two celebrated an amazing 70 years of marriage until Kip's passing in January 2010. She enjoyed entertaining friends and neighbors during their life together in the Reed City area. Kate was very active in the Rebekah's Lodge. She held various offices and also was very active in their community work. Kate also was a good cook and loved to prepare meals for family and friends to enjoy. Kate applied her skills as a cook and worked in the food service division at Ferris State University until her retirement. After retirement, she and Kip spent many winters in Florida. Kate and Kip moved to Traverse City in 2008 and made their new home at the Willow Cottage.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford "Kip" Earnest; a brother, Delbert Stanton; a sister, Marie Miller Borst; her parents; and a son-in-law, Charles Hensley.
Kathleen is survived by her three loving daughters, Jolene (John) Marshall of Traverse City, Patricia (Jerry) Freund of Newburgh, Ind., and Kay Hensley of Radcliff. She is also survived by three grandsons, Christopher Hensley of Bardstown, David Marshall of Traverse City and Paul Marshall of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Norm (Floss) Earnest of Reed City; devoted nieces and nephews, as well as many other loving family members and friends.
A celebration of her life was Saturday, March 23, at the McDowell Funeral Home in Reed City. A private graveside service was in Woodland Cemetery in Reed City.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation for Cottages Scholarship, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684-3181.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Mar. 30, 2013