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Marjorie D. DeVries, age 93, of the Belding-Greenville area, passed away Monday morning, September 29, 2014 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital Rehab & Nursing Center in Greenville. The daughter of Walter & Dorothy (Bannister) Duemler, she was born on May 23, 1921 and was a graduate of Grand Rapids South High School. Marjorie was a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Belding and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, John DeVries and Harry A. DeVries; a son, Gordon DeVries; a sister, Arlene Sturgis; and many siblings-in-law.

Surviving are her children, Judy & Elindo Castro of Cedar Springs, Deb & Rick Howe of Greenville, Walt & Bobbi DeVries of Jenison, Gregory & Cheryl DeVries of Jenison; a daughter-in-law, Vicki DeVries of Lakeview; six sisters, Betty Rhoades, Mary Jane Lockwood, Pat Truszkowski, all of Grand Rapids, Nancy Thompson of Holland, Jackie Selbach of Grand Rapids, and Janet Steffens of Belmont; two brothers, Bob Duemler of Bay City, and Dick & Marilyn Duemler of Wyoming; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The Rev. Robert Wagner will officiate and interment will be in Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. Envelopes for memorial contributions to Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on September 29, 2014 at 12:00 am


    10/02/2014 –

    Susan Jarrell

    Walt, Bobbi, and family, I am so sorry. No matter how long and well-spent a life is, it is always hard to say good-by. My thoughts and my prayers are with all of you.

    Susan and family

    10/01/2014 –

    Kay Bentley

    To: Marge’s family. I am sorry for your family’s pain in losing your mom. Marge was a special friend of mine. We have known each other at church and especially at our Monday morning Bible class. that is where we figured out that she was raised on the same street (opposite sides of Division) as my mother, when she was growing up. Marge and I became very close. We talked of many heartfelt things. I love her and will miss her so much! My prayers and love to all of you. Kay Bentley

    09/30/2014 –

    Char Bathurst

    Deb & family,
    Mom, & grandma was an awesome lady. She will be missed, but she is in a much better place, with no more pain or suffering. I am sure, now that she is in control, we can get those Tigers to the World Series.

    09/29/2014 –

    Jennifer and Dave Krause

    So sorry for your loss. I know the feeling of losing a parent, its so hard but god has gain another angel. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.

    09/29/2014 –

    Dawn & Roy Cullison

    R.I.P Granny . You always brought a smile to my face . I loved you like a Mom . God has another Angel .

    09/29/2014 –

    Laurie Marzolo

    With love and prayers to you all. I would love to be with you as you celebrate Aunt Marge, but will be in Texas.

    09/29/2014 –


    I will miss my grandma’s spunk, her calling the Tigers bums, and her unconditional love for her family (even though I didn’t give her a great-grandchild). Most of all, I will miss the joy she brought to all of our lives and the laughter she shared with us.

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