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Mardell Grace (Jacobs) Arent, 90, passed away Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at her daughter’s home under the care of Spectrum Health Hospice from diabetes and kidney failure, with her family by her side.
 
Mardell was born April 5th, 1929 in Kalamazoo to Ardell and Pauline (Kurtz) Jacobs. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1947. She graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1951 and while attending college, met the love of her life Noble. Mardell and Noble were married on June 16, 1951 at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel and were married 32 years.  Mardell received her Masters of Education in 1965 from Western Michigan University.
 
Teaching was a life long job for Mardell. She taught swimming lessons for 32 years starting at the Benton Harbor YMCA, then in Decatur, Michigan and many years in Ludington. After raising their children, she began subbing in the Decatur Schools. When her husband Noble became the High School principal in Ludington in 1965, they moved and she began teaching at Lakeview School, retiring in 1986. Mardell loved teaching 1st and 2nd graders and even after 33 years of retirement, she would still LOVE to tell stories of “her kids” in the classroom.
 
Mardell moved to Grand Rapids in 1986. She had many wonderful friends. She enjoyed water aerobics and traveling many places. She loved to knit and make MANY hats, afghans and baby blankets, especially with her knitting machines. She was especially known for her “special” chocolate chip cookies that she brought everywhere.
 
Mardell was a member of the Community Church in Ludington. She was a member of Second Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, serving many years on the educational committee.
 
Mardell’s greatest love and joy came from her family and her abundance of friends. She had an amazing gift to laugh and such a kind heart, she made everyone feel important. She will be forever remembered by all the lives she has touched.
 
Mardell was preceded in death by her husband, Noble; daughter, Barbara Curtis; parents, Ardell & Pauline Jacobs; brother, Charles Jacobs; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Arent. She is survived by her children, Steve Curtis of Hendersonville, TN, Lori & Tom Larson of Grand Rapids, Charlie & Fran Arent of Shelby Township, Jim & Jean Arent of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Sean & Jennifer Curtis, Andrea & Nate Renzella, Allison & Adam Hansen, Amy Larson, Christopher & Randall Larson, Jennifer & Mark Holmes, Joe Arent, Ryan & Megan Arent, and Erik & Brianna Arent; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, David & Sandy Jacobs, Robert & Sandy Jacobs, brother-in-law, Norris Arent; sisters-in-law, Noreen Sonnenberg, Joann Langland, Lois Arent; cousins, Mary Sue & Harry Pollitt, and Chuck Kurtz; along with many nieces, nephews and beloved friends..
 
Visitation with the family will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at Second Congregational Church, 525 Cheshire Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 A.M. Mardell will be laid to rest privately at Fort Custer National Cemetery alongside her beloved husband.
 
Mardell’s wishes were to have memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the ALS Association in hopes for a cure.
 
To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mardell’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com.
 
Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Gayle Garrett Robinson on September 19, 2019 at 8:57 am

    My sincere sympathies to your family. I remember you mom as a sweet person with an infectious laugh.



  2. Gayle Garrett Robinson on September 19, 2019 at 8:57 am

    My sincere sympathies to your family. I remember you mom as a sweet person with an infectious laugh.



  3. Sarah Daron Savel on September 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Dear Lori and Family,
    Thinking of you today. Hoping your wonderful memories of your Mom and your family help with your sadness. Wendy and I sure enjoyed seeing your Mom at Geraldines service.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Sarah Daron Savel



  4. Sarah Daron Savel on September 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Dear Lori and Family,
    Thinking of you today. Hoping your wonderful memories of your Mom and your family help with your sadness. Wendy and I sure enjoyed seeing your Mom at Geraldines service.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Sarah Daron Savel



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