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Denise Gayle Buckles, age 65, of Big Rapids, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.  The daughter of Donald Elliot &  Nina Lorraine (Johnson) Vandenburgh, she was born on April 27, 1954 in Jackson.  

Denise enjoyed John Wayne movies, crocheting, and collecting thimbles. She loved her pets; Rosie and Tilly. 

Denise is survived by her 3 children; Theresa (Gary) Sharpe, April Buckles, and Joseph (Vladi) Buckles. She was a wonderful grandmother to Dylan (Kristy) Morris and James Sharpe. Her brother, Steven Vandenburgh preceded her in death and she is survived by three sisters, three brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  

The family will say farewell and welcome friends and family at a graveside memorial service on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial (1425 N Elm Ave, Jackson).

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. CJ on October 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I had the honor of calling Denise on Thursdays to see if she needed anything before the weekend. She made my heart smile. Bless you as you journey through her passing.

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