Mackinzie Joy Merriss

MCBAIN — Mackinzie Joy Merriss, 7, of McBain and Bitely, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

She was born on Oct. 12, 2006, in Big Rapids, to Joseph Merriss and Renee Falin. She lived in Bitely the last four years and had been attending West Shore Educational Service District.

She is survived by her father, Joseph, and his wife, Amy Merriss, of McBain; her mother, Renee, and her husband, Todd Ford, of Bitely; her grandparents, Glen and Gail Falin, Jeff Ford, Don and Deb Merriss, Tesse and Steve Garder, and Nancy Ellsworth; her great-grandparents, Glenn Falin, Julian and Sandra Callija, and John and Corinne Knaeble; and her great-great-grandmother, Lora Falin. Also surviving are her siblings, Chris, Molly, Landen, Lexi and Hunter; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Mackinzie will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Chris DeMott officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to McDowell Funeral Home.

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