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Deborah Lynn Ensing-Millhuff, age 62, of Ada, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from an unexpected stroke and complications of cancer. The daughter of Eugene “Spud” & Alma (Weller) Ensing, she was born on March 4, 1954 in Great Lakes, Illinois. 


She was preceded in death by her parents; and in-laws, Fred “Sonic” & Shannon (Snyder) Millhuff. Surviving are her loving husband of 31 years, Mitch Millhuff; sister, Priscilla (Frederick) Finch; brothers, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, and Don Ensing; nieces, Shannon Finch, and Meghann (Sean) Finch-Evans; nephew, Shawn Finch; great nieces, Haley Finch and Zoe Evans; and great nephew, Samuel Evans.  
Deb had a compassionate heart and showed it to everyone coming in contact with her.  Her sense of humor was boundless, as was her love in the beauty of our planet. She loved planting flowers in the Spring, and couldn’t get enough of the wonderful colors of fall. She was an advocate for animals,  and worked at the Humane Society of West Michigan for a time, and volunteered after leaving. Her degree in Criminal Justice led her to working at the prison in Ionia, then to the State Social Services Department. She was passionate about politics, and became a Trustee in the Village of Ada, which eventually led her to being elected Ada Township Clerk.  It was a perfect fit for her being involved with the parks and cemeteries of Ada.  
She had many, many friends throughout the years.  Here are a few of the wonderful messages they have sent:  “My heart is broken”, “Your light is still shinning bright”, “She was larger than life”, “While my heart cries, my memories rejoice”, “She was a joy, full of life and humor”, “The sky is crying here in Paradise, CA”, “She is adventurous, kind and forgiving”, “Deb brought a positive energy to any space she entered”, “She maintained her characteristic courage, sass and humor to the end”.  Deb will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Deb’s favorite holiday was Halloween, so a celebration of life will be held from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m., on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids (One block west of Eastern Ave.). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Humane Society of West Michigan, hswm.squarespace.com, or the American Institute for Cancer Research, aicr.org.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 

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  1. Dick Allington on October 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    We will miss your always cheerful perspective at family res. Good life, great cousin!



  2. Mj & Ron Harrington-Bence , Steve & Zack Corcoran-Harrington on October 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    We are heartbroken to learn of Deb’s passing from this life. We will always cherish her kindness and wit. Good friends like Deb are hard to come by. She and Mitch were our parents favorite buddies. We console ourselves knowing she is with mom , dad and Floyd Chaffee, having great conversations filled with laughter. Only fitting Deb would pass in the Fall, near Halloween and in an election year ! What a ruckus going on in Heaven ! Our prayers and love go to Mitch and the rest of her family….we already miss her.



  3. Gary Ashman on October 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Debbie was a vibrant and caring person. My condolences to Gordon and the rest of the family.



  4. Patricia Recker on October 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Deb you are such a wonderful person and will be so missed with your perfect smile and passion for life. Hope they have gambling in heaven. Love and miss you. Prayers and hugs to all your family and friends. Pattie



  5. VictoriaBowman on October 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    My condolences to Deb’s family and friend’s. Having moved to GR not too long ago, I got acquainted with the “Bernie People” just prior to the Michigan primary. I am grateful to her for her involvement in creating the group. I feel she is a kindred spirit, as I retired from State social work, autumn is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday. I will cackle my best witch cackle for you, Deb, and I will howl at the moon with you in mind! Rest well, dear lady.



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