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Myrna Avery, age 80, of Spencer Township, passed away early Sunday morning, November 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Robert & Cora Ann (Morden) McAllister, she was born on February 2, 1939 in Big Rapids.  

On August 15, 1981, in Kent City, she married Junior LeRoy Avery.  Together they enjoyed nearly 29 years of marriage and had been members of the Family Life Center Church of God in Belding.  Myrna loved the Lord and her family and was always ready to give a hug.  She delighted in time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents;  her first husband, Wilbur "Buck" Salyer on January 29, 1981;  an infant daughter, Janet Salyer;  a son, Lenny Avery Sr.; a grandson, Derick Hershberger; and a great-grandson, Damien Joles.  

Surviving are her children, Robin & Terry Kelsey of Cedar Springs, Debbie & Tim Thatcher of Newaygo, Carla & Bill Sharkey of Canadian Lakes, Rose & Bob Romine of Fremont, Rocky & Linda Salyer of Cedar Springs, Dawn & Nate Cooper of Cedar Springs; her step-children, Liz Avery of Maine, Melody & Bonnie Avery of New York, and Kathy Farrell of Greenville, a brother, Robert & Mary McCallister;  a sister-in-law, Eleanor Avery-Barager;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of adopted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and special friends.

Visitation is from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Christiansen's Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Pastor Ron Parsons of Courtland Mission Fellowship will officiate and burial will take place privately at Greene Cemetery near Orleans.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Myrna's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen's Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Patty Kroesing on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My Aunt Myrna was one of the most amazing women, she was always praying for me. Always there to help anyone in need, she never sat down. I feel like sheGÇÖs the true meaning of the energizer bunny =ƒÉ¦. When growing up we spent so much time with her and when there was a wedding or any type of gathering you always knew Aunt Myrna would be there. Ready to jump right in and help no matter what needed to be done. I wish, I had half of her energy. She met the world to me, I know they say your not suppose to have favorite Aunts, but she truly was my favorite Aunt. I miss her so much, I canGÇÖt believe sheGÇÖs gone. SheGÇÖs the Aunt that you think will live forever, my heart goes out to her family. YouGÇÖre all in my prayers, rest in paradise Aunt Myrna. I love you so much =ƒÆ£

  2. Patty Kroesing on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

  3. Joanne withey on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Joanne withey ..I don’t know where to start…she always welcomed me to the family after years passed by.i was a ex daughter in law in her eyes that wasn’t so with me.she welcomed my family as they was her family..had may laughs and she always had a smile and hug for you. Your with the ones you very missed through the years just rember we all love you and your truely gonna be missed ..joanne

  4. Teresa Westbrook on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I meet you the day you and Junior married me and my first husband Richard Borstler. We bought a hoyse in Coral across the street from 2 of your daughters. In fact one baby sat for me years later. We would run into you and Junior alot. You’d always had a big hug for me and my family. Then Lenny Jr. Married my youngest Joline and we become family. Through the years you made me also feel like family. In fact you said to me one day i was family ever since the day Junior married us.-á I will always remember your loving sweet ways and how you always made me feel.-á You will be missed dearly by me and my family.. Now you are in heaven with those loved one you have missed so dearly… Your now in Gods arms.-á -áMany prays go out to your family at this time with much love.

  5. Expression of Sympathy on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    A sympathy gift was ordered on November 12, 2019

    Love you Sis,

    Robert (Gene) & Mary McAllister
    Robert (Gene)& Mary McAllister

  6. Memorial Tree on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The planting of a memorial tree in Myrna’s honor was ordered by Robert (Gene)& Mary McAllister on November 12, 2019

  7. Kelly Ross on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I met Myrna & Junior in the 90’s while attending church. Awesome sweet people! Saddened to hear of her passing. May her family find peace & comfort during this difficult time.-áG¥ñn+Å

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  9. joan hirkaway on November 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    You will be missed Myrna, Loved playing BUNCO with you even though you would take it from me right at the end of the game!! Absolutely one of my favorite people, heart of gold. God blessed our world with her smile, my sympathy to all who will miss her. Love You Myrna-Joan Hirkaway

  10. Love Always your Niece Linda Jones Lanthrip on November 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I meet you a few times growing up at some of the family gatherings. I remember that mom would be upset at me because I was upset that my brothers got to know you more that I did. I know they got to stay with you at different times while we was growing up. I remember you and uncle Buck on the chicken farm many years ago. I was upset that the last 2 times I came to Mich. That I missed you. You was very sweet to me .I remember one time my family came to visit on the farm you took me aside and I remember you gave me a real big hug and said I was gonna be alright. That memory has pulled me thu many hard times. You are missed dearly. -áSending Prayers to the family that God helps them thu this time. You are greatly Loved and Missed. Love Always you Niece Linda Jones Lanthrip -á-á

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