Marian (Petersen) Mayrend, 84
Marian (Petersen) Mayrend, 84, went to heaven March 10, 2014, surrounded by her family who loved her dearly.
Marian was born July 7, 1929, and raised in Fennville by her parents Fred and Clara Petersen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Neil; sister Harriet Hayes; brother-in-law Buster Hayes; niece Nickolee Hayes; her uncle and aunt Clare and Doris Harrington; and many other family members.
She leaves behind her husband of almost 65 years Bob Mayrend; daughter Jody; son-in-law Steve; son Monti; and grandson Zoli.
She lived in Detroit, West Bloomfield, Texas and ended up living for many years in California.
Marian loved life and in living and dying did both with such dignity, grace, compassion and strength.
Her love of nature and animals was all encompassing and she believed neither was disposable and should never be taken for granted and should always be treated with respect and love. She instilled this in her children along with so many countless wonderful lessons on life.
Marian loved to decorate and made wonderful quilts and pine needle baskets.
She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was so smart and well read and loved the English language. She was her family's dictionary.
"I know she is up there enjoying a drink and a smoke and loads of joyous laughter with all who went before her. Cheers!
"Oh dear girl how you touched our lives and how you will be painfully missed.
"We love you dearly kind heart and we thank you for all of your love and the beautiful memories that will always bless our hearts. Rest in peace, just rest.
"May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sunshine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand."