Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Annabell (Ann) Bruce Kelley of Carleton, Michigan, died on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, following a prolonged illness. Born March 22, 1926, in Saginaw, Michigan, Annabell was the daughter of Gurley and Thelma (Nally) Bruce. She met her husband and the love of her life, James Kenneth Kelley, while he was attending Naval School at Alma College in 1942. They married on April 8, 1947 after his discharge from the US Navy. Annabell was a kind, generous, funny, multi-talented woman. Her many interests included furniture refinishing, tailoring, gardening, reading, political debate, and her family. She possessed a quick and easy wit; a lovely, genuine smile; a well-used heart; and a seriously sublime spirit. Although her early life was tumultuous, having lost her mother at six months of age, she was a resolutely positive and determined individual. Some of her favorite things included: early mornings and late nights (but not consecutively), the laughter of babies, brilliant fabrics, good margaritas, and loyalty. In addition to her husband of 65 years, Annabell is survived by four daughters: Diane Kelley Giles of Brooklyn, New York; Ann Kelley (Ted Brumm) of Ann Arbor; Teresa Kelley (Benn Bukovac) of Ypsilanti; and Patricia (Dennis) Schafer of Pearl River, Louisiana; one sister, Lois (Lawrence) Stevenson of Seattle, Washington; and five grandsons, including her beloved Brendan. She was predeceased by two sons, Bruce Patrick Kelley and Kenneth Michael Kelley, and one brother, Robert Bruce. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. A private family funeral was held at Merkle Funeral Service, Monroe, Michigan, on November 10, 2012, followed by burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. The family would like to express deep appreciation to Arbor Hospice for the palliative care provided to Annabell and the support shown to her family. It is their wish that anyone interested in making a donation in Annabell’s name, do so online at www.arborhospice.org.
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