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Darlene Faith Lovett, age 72, of Wyoming, went to be with her Savior on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The daughter of George & Violet Bates, she was born on November 9, 1941 in Grand Rapids. Darlene spent her childhood on the northwest side of Grand Rapids and attended Union High School, where she was a majorette in the school band.

She held several jobs in her lifetime and retired from Steelcase after 27 years. She spent the last 20 years living in the Wyoming area. A strong, compassionate and loving woman, she always put others needs before her own and always grateful for any help she received.

She was preceded in death by her parents; longtime companion, James Biezska; sister, Georgia Bell Lawton; two brothers, Ronald Bates and Danny Bates; children, Cheryl Hause and Ronald W. Hause.

Surviving are her four children, Wanda (Dennis Bellows) Knight of Kentwood, Brenda (Jeff) Jacobsen of Grand Rapids, Randy (Amity) Biezska of Wyoming, and Jeffery (Shannon) Biezska of Hudsonville; sisters, Joyce Hilton-Oliver of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Nancy Kehoe of Greenville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her two best friends, Leo & Aruiela DeVries and and Jan Miller.

Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. on Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2670 56th Street S.W., Wyoming, where funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Bishop Joseph Openshaw will officiate and burial will take place privately at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Brenda Jacobsen to help with funeral expenses.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Darlene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Deborah Huey on December 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Dearest Aunt, I want to thank you so much for giving me love when my mother couldnt. I thank you for all of your love and the happiness you gave me and my family. Ill never forget when I was about 6 and you were a teenager, upstairs at grandma’s playing your accordian..we would sit and sing. You have the greatest smile and warmest heart. Thank you for the time you took out of your life for me. I will always love you.

  2. Elizabeth Powers on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    You where also my favorite Aunt, You will be missed Greatly,,I have So many great memories of our house up on Alpine, to many to say,I am so glad our not Hurting anymore , and your back with Cheryl and Ronnie and Grandma And Danny,, i know your all having a good time,,God Bless you on your Journey,Love you Always and Forever,,Lizzy

  3. Jackie Phillips on December 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Rest in Peace, Aunt Darlene, I have so many wonderful memories of you and your family. You will be sorely missed. I know you happy to see Cheryl, Ronnie, Grandma and Danny. I will see you in heaven. Love you, Jackie

  4. Elia Saenz on December 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I know that losing a parent hurts more than anything and I also know that a parent would never leave their children you are in every smile every laugh and cry of all that loved you and I know for a fact that you are going to be missed. Peace, Love, joy and harmony to the entire family I am truly sorry for your loss!

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