Marie Ellen Church

CHIPPEWA TWP. – Marie Ellen Church, 97, of Chippewa Twp., near Evart, died on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

She was born on May 30, 1914, in Big Rapids, to John Baird and Nellie Paulsen Baird. Marie married the late Claude R. Church on Oct. 15, 1935, in Big Rapids, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 2005.

Mrs. Church was born and raised in Big Rapids, lived in Evart and Lansing and moved back to the Evart area, where she had lived the last 30 years. Marie was a member of the South Evart Free Methodist Church and enjoyed spending quality time with her family.

Mrs. Church is survived by two daughters, Thelma (Richard) Lynch, of Evart, and Carolyn (Wayne) Wilson, of Rochester, N.Y.; one son, Clayton (Shirley) Church, of Lansing; one sister, Pauline Baird, of Evart; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Claude; and three brothers, Clayton, Loren and Lyman.

Funeral services for Mrs. Church are at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the South Evart Free Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart. Burial will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the South Evart Free Methodist Church.