Melva Shook
1927 - 2020
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Shook, Melva 4/29/1927 - 8/8/2020 Byron Center Melva Jean Shook passed away at Byron Center Manor in Byron Center, Michigan, on Saturday, August 8, 2020. She was 93 years of age and died of natural causes. Born in 1927 to Ray and Kitty Wing, she lived most of her years as a Reed City resident. Melva loved her hometown and her church family at First Baptist Church of Reed City. She enjoyed playing the church organ for many years and continued to play her keyboard after going into assisted living. Music was her passion and her comfort. Many townsmen knew her from her years of work at Gardner Denver of Reed City. She worked tirelessly to help provide for her large family. Melva is survived by her children Janelle Dennis Scott (Donald), Kathleen Dennis VanAntwerp (Ross), Marilyn Dennis Whitmore (Shannon), Barry Dennis (Christine), and Nancy Dennis Elliott (Robert), by 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Melva loved looking at photos on Facebook, and in albums, to see her many grandbabies. Melva was preceded in death by husband(s) Kenneth Dennis in 1973, Robert Shook in 2007, and David Dahlstrom in 2019, by her son Kenneth Dennis Jr. in 1959, by her granddaughter Andrea Doyens in 2019, by her parents Ray and Kitty Wing, and by her siblings Laurel Wing, Irene Huffman, and Erwin Wing. Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Reed City with the Reverend John Dawson officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City following the service. For further information call Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home at (231) 832-2262. A luncheon will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the Reed City Depot following graveside services. It is requested that a mask be worn during services at the church. Memorial donations can be made in Melva's name at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: https://billygraham.org/give/give-online/. Melva took her faith seriously and looked forward to seeing her parents, her son, and those she loved who went before her. This verse from the hymn My Savior First of All, states her great hope: "When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide, When the bright and glorious morning I shall see: I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, And His smile will be the first to welcome me." Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
I love you Grandma!! I love all the things you taught me in life; hard work, honesty, piano, crocheting, sewing, and so much more! I love that you let us be care-free grand kid's whenever we stayed over and you made the yummiest pancakes and apple pie I have ever ate. :) I appreciate all the things you have done, the beautiful example you set and the great family you raised. I'm grateful you are now without pain or distress and will miss you until I see you again. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
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August 12, 2020
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August 11, 2020
Grandma, I imagine you found your son Kenny right away and gave him the longest hug ever. And all your other loved ones were probably lining up behind him. I'm so happy you're at peace and with the people you love. I have so many fond memories of your apple trees, fresh apple pie, ice cream and tractor rides. I know we will all be together again someday. Love you!
Rachel Mallalieu
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August 11, 2020
My love and sympathy to the family of Melva. What a wonderful, talented lady who I thoroughly enjoyed sharing time with doing sewing projects, playing piano and singing together, birthday celebrations, and brightening her days - and mine - with weekly visits. In the days and weeks ahead, may you continue to be comforted by wonderful memories of joyful times, and the support of family and friends. She will be missed, but I will always cherish our time together.
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