Glenda (Rogers) Clark, 64, of Sister Lakes, MI passed away Friday, July 10, 2009 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph after a long, courageous battle with multiple illnesses.
Glenda was born June 30, 1945 in Dyersburg, TN to Lilly and Clarence Rogers and was the youngest of eight children. Although Glenda's time with us was shorter than planned, she lived a full and colorful life in Tennessee, Texas, and finally, Michigan. Her passion for people was reflected in her diverse career choices that included beautician, interior designer, apartment manager, and waitress.
In recent years, Glenda loved to travel, especially to Cancun, Mexico with her devoted companion, Bill O'Meara. She also enjoyed cooking and assembled an impressive collection of cookbooks, cooking magazines, cooking gadgets of all kinds and apple-themed kitchen decor. When not in the kitchen, nothing made Glenda happier than a cup of coffee (or two) and her computer games. Glenda held a special affection for the elderly, children and animals.
Most important to Glenda, however, were her family and friends. She was a proud mother and grandmother and never missed an opportunity to share her pride with others. She is survived by her partner William "Bill" O'Meara of Sister Lakes, MI; two daughters Cynthia (Bob) Bogner of Baroda, MI and Crystal (Rudy) Romero of Coloma, MI; her beloved granddaughters Sonya and Hannah; a sister Bonnie (Jerry) Osborne of Dyersburg, TN; three sisters-in law Lorene Rogers of Rensselaer, IN, Sarah Rogers of Demotte, IN and Elaine Rogers of Alamo, TN; two brothers-in-law G.C. Bishop of Bridge City, TX and Jerry Castellaw of Friendship, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews. Glenda was also very close with Bill's family who showed her much support and affection both before and during her illness.
Glenda is predeceased by her mother and father; three sisters Rose Marie Campbell, Betty Jane Bishop, and Martha "Ann" Castellaw; and three brothers Glen, Charles, and Craig Rogers.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home, 6548 Paw Paw Avenue, Coloma, Michigan; Pastor Blair Hayward officiating. A visitation will also be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burial will be at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Those wishing to make donations in memory of Glenda may do so to Hospice at Home or Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
On July 9, 2009, Arleen J. Howell Emison, age 48, Bells, TN, went to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Brad Emison, a son Nathan Emison, and Nathan's special friend Sydni Turner of Medina. She also leaves her father and mother, James and Louise Howell; three sisters Bettye Cupples, Juanita Howell, all of Bells and Brenda Duke of Sunbright, TN; mother and father-in-laws Dorothy and Jerry Freeman and James and Trudy Emison all of Bells, TN plus many other family members and friends.
Services and tribute to her life will be Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 3:00pm at Ronk Funeral Home in Alamo, TN. Officiating will be Rev. Dennis McBride of Jackson, TN and Bro. Malcolm George from Hohenwald, TN, who also performed their wedding ceremony 30 years ago. Arleen was born January 30, 1961, and was raised in Bells, TN where she continued to make her home. She attended Bells High School and was a member of the Church of Christ in Bells, TN. For thirty years, she was employed at Bank of Crockett in Bells, TN where she served as loan officer, assistant Vice-President and served on the Board of Directors.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Arleen's happiness in life was derived from the love she had for her husband and son. She fought a hard and gallant battle, always with a smile for her family and friends. She will be missed and remembered for her kindness and angelic, ladylike prowess.
Pallbearers to serve will be her son, Nathan Emison, her nephews R.J. Emison, Milt Legions, Josh Legions, Jamie Gillian, Matthew Teague, and her brother-in-law Randy Emison.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Board of Directors of Bank of Crockett and the staff of the Bells Nursing Home.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 5-9pm and on Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 12-3pm.
In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to make a charitable donation, she would prefer N.O.A.H. of Crockett County - P.O. Box 67 Maury City, TN 38050.