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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Gaye Ann Ross, 52 of Carleton, Michigan, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the warmth of her home, surrounded by family. She was born March 8, 1960 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Lavern Heiss and Beverly Powell (Heiss) McLaughlin. She married Gary T. Ross on May 26, 1978 at Carleton United Methodist Church. Gaye was a lifelong resident of Carleton and graduated from Airport High School. She worked at Airport Community Schools as a bus driver since December 1992. Being a bus driver was something that she really enjoyed; she loved all of her kids. Her hobbies included her grandchildren and children. She truly loved being a mother and grandmother. She also loved to be outdoors, cooking and baking, shopping, spending time with friends and enjoyed big groups of friends and family around her kitchen table laughing and drinking coffee. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. Gaye is survived by her mother, Beverly McLaughlin; husband, Gary; daughter Sara; daughter Lindsay (Bill Metzger); brothers, Robert (Debe Hart-Hoover) Heiss of Carleton, Earl (Ethel) Heiss of Carleton and Lyle (Liz) Heiss of Carleton; mother-in-law Alice Abodaher; sister-in-law Cathy (Mike) Gilbert, brother-in-law Tim (Sharon) Ross, brother-in-law Rick Ross; four grandchildren, Jacob and Zachary Kahn, Alaina and Gavin Metzger; aunt, Evelyn Elliott and many nieces, nephews, cousins and her loving dog, Lucy. She was preceded in death by her father Lavern Heiss and her step-father Lester McLaughlin. Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. Friends may also gather from 9:30am until a Celebration of Her Life at 10:30am, Friday, December 14, 2012 also at Merkle’s. The Rev. Taek Kim pastor of Carleton United Methodist Church will officiate. Friends are invited to a memorial luncheon immediately following her services at the Carleton VFW Post 4093; 700 Carleton Rockwood Road. Private burial will take place at Ash Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the March of Dimes. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort, share a photo, or make a donation by visiting www.merklefs.com and then selecting the Online Tributes page.
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