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Amy Josephine Thornton, age 76, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 31, 2018 surrounded by family.  

The daughter of Guy & Ethel (Player) Thornton, she was born on September 27, 1941 in Columbus, GA. 

Amy grew up to be a true Georgia Peach.  After graduating with the Class of ’59 from Baker High School, she married Tom Smith of Saranac, MI.  They had two sons, Tom & Bill.  Amy would be married again to a Craig Starkweather of Lowell, MI, and have two daughters, Roxanne & Suzanne.  

Amy worked for the State of Michigan as the main director for Kent County CAP/CETA organization, as a member of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, and as an intake processor for the Riverside Correctional Facility.  Upon retiring from the State, she opened a daycare facility and became the “Grandma” to a couple of generations of kids throughout the Lowell area.

Amy is survived by her four children Tom Smith & Araceli Hernandez, Bill & Cindy Smith, Roxanne Sokoloski, and Suzanne & Dan O’Connor.  Her grandchildren Jason, Shawn, Colin, and their mother Eriko, Tami, Nicholas, and their father Tom, Robbie, Cory, Cassie, Ryan, Sean, Sebastian, Jenna and Julie. Amy’s 10 great-grandchildren as well as her brother George & Beth Thornton. 

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene, 201 N. Washington, Lowell.  A graveside service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to the Church of the Nazarene.  Please consider a memorial contribution to either Senior Meals on Wheels or the American Diabetes Association.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Amy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.  


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  1. Linda Northrup Smith on June 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Tom, Bill, Roxanne, Suzanne and families, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom passing. She was a very strong, compassionate woman and touched many lives. Hugs to all of you.

  2. Catherine Thomet on June 13, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Grandma Amy was a true blessing to me and the girls in our greatest time of need. The love, time and attention she gave me and my girls will never be forgotten.

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