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Mrs. Hazel Marie Howes, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Monday afternoon, January 30, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The daughter of Everett B. & Emma (Starr) Root, she was born on March 9, 1921 in Lakeview. On January 30, 1943, she married Frank Alfred Howes, Jr., who preceded her in death on February 11, 2001.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Beverly Ann Howes in 1945; four brothers, George Root, Clarence Root, Frank Root, and Everett Root Jr.; and two sisters, Iola Matthews and Rosella Carter.

A devoted wife and mother, Hazel found her greatest joy in time spent with her family. She was a long time member of Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Geraldine & John Johansen, and Barbara & Tom Worden, all of Greenville; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary & Connie Howes of Lowell; a granddaughter, Kim & Terry Simmons; seven grandsons, Todd Snider, Jason & Tracy Snider, William Howes, Jeff & Dolores Johansen, Steve & Anne Johansen, David & Rosalie Johansen, and Ryan & Kelly Worden; eighteen great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Vernetta Root, Ethel Root, and Nancy Helms; a brother-in-law, Roger Howes; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 315 S. Greenville West Drive, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Robert Winter will officiate and burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to Faith Baptist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Spectrum Health Hospice will be available at the funeral home and at the church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Hazel’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 am


    02/03/2012 –

    Walt & Lois Edgar

    Sorry to hear of Hazel’s passing! We enjoyed her and Frank as neighbors when we lived on Eastern Avenuen in Greenville. Thinking of you all!

    02/02/2012 –

    Hope Badge

    Blessed to have worked with your mother at I. M. Roods years ago! It was a joy to have the privilege to see her occasionally and visit with her and now look forward to our visits in Glory. Praying for your family at this time of loss.

    02/02/2012 –

    Lou Ann Miller

    Gary and family, I have fond memories of your mom when we were growing up in the “ole” neighborhood. She was a kind, sweet lady with a beautiful smile. Sorry for your loss and heartache. God Bless.

    02/02/2012 –

    Lyle & Lois Livasy

    We send our sympathy to Hazel’s family. She was a very special lady to us. Find comfort in knowing that she is with Jesus.

    02/02/2012 –

    Cheryl Wright

    Geri, John and family,
    I was sadden to hear of Hazel’s passing. I really enjoyed getting to know her. She was a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers for the family at this difficult time.

    02/02/2012 –

    Kathy and Duane Decker

    To this wonderful family we send our love and our sympathy for your loss of your mother and grandmother. We were glad to have know her and we are sure she is with the ones she loves that left before us. The Decker family are all in Florida and will not attend the services, but our hugs and love are sent your way.

    With love,
    Duane, Kathy, Chris, Ann, Canyin and all the kids

    02/02/2012 –

    karen sheets

    My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

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    02/02/2012 –

    Todd Snider & Billiejo Town

    Grandma has given us so many great memories over the years and those we can always take with us. We will all miss her very much but knowing that her, Grandpa and Aunt Beverly are all back together again brings a smile to my face. Grandma you will now have that spot in my heart right net to Grandpa!! Love and Miss you but will see you again someday!!

    02/01/2012 –

    Missy Weber

    Todd, Jay, and Barbie–I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my prayers. Love you!

    02/01/2012 –

    gert anderson mazurek

    Gary and family,I would like to share my condolences to all of you.

    02/01/2012 –

    Darlene Lund

    I enjoyed talking with your Mom often at church. She missed your father a great deal. She was a very sweet kind lady. I loved her softness and caring ways.
    Prayers of comfort,

    02/01/2012 –


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your loss. Hazel will be greatly missed. She had a wonderful smile. May god comfort you all.

    01/31/2012 –

    Ron Porter

    John & Gerie,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family!! Never easy for all in this time of sorrow! May you be at ease knowing she is with her beloved Jesus!!
    Blessings to all,
    Ron & Cheryl Porter

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