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Susan Jane White, age 72, of Spencer Township, was welcomed into Heaven on Monday, May 13, 2019 from Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Carrol & Irene (Nygren) Wilford, she was born on August 6, 1946 in Grand Rapids, was a 1964 graduate of Union High School, and attended the former Grand Rapids Junior College. 

In 2009 she retired from a 44 year career as a legal secretary, having spent the last 22 years with Miller Johnson.  In her spare time, Sue loved to garden, read, cook and spend time with her husband, Bob, traveling, on the lake fishing or exploring the back roads with him on his Harley.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Emory White;  her parents;  and a brother, Thomas Jon Wilford.  Surviving are her children, Anna & Frank Foster of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and Joshua & Emily Wilford of Grand Rapids;  step-children, Tracy & Rusty Kemp of Sumner, Matthew & Amanda White of Watford City, North Dakota;  grandchildren, Evan, Lukas, and Asher Foster, all of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Jordan and Samuel Wilford of Grand Rapids, Shaelyn Jewell of Elwell, Christa & Sean Thorp of West Branch, Christian White of St. Louis;  a brother, Jon & Marian Wilford of Lansing;  a sister, Anne Wilford & Donald Bivin of Oakland, California;  a sister-in-law, Pat Struble of Ionia;  and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Susan's life from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Spencer Township Hall, 14960 Meddler Avenue, Gowen, where her pastor will share memories beginning at 3:00 p.m.   

Instead of flowers, Susan would have appreciated contributions in her memory to either the Semper Fi Fund ( or to the M & M Lakes Environmental Association, 16987 Shawano Dr. N.E., Sand Lake, MI 49343.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Sue's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Barbara Cole on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Such a wonderful neighbor and friend…gone too soon. Tom and I have such fond memories of Sue dating back to the late GÇÿ70GÇÖs. She will always have a very special place in our hearts.

  2. Jill VerLee on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Anna, Josh, Ann, John and your families – I am SO, SO sorry for your loss. Susan was such a good friend and even though we didn’t get to see one another very often after she retired, she always remained a best buddy in my heart. There are so many wonderful memories of our times together, especially our Christmas gatherings with the girls from Miller Johnson at your house. Little three year old Joshua was always trying to steal our shrimp . . . Very happy memories!!

  3. Lisa Russell on May 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    What a beautiful picture, we will miss you.-á

  4. Jan VanOtteren on July 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I am so sad to hear of Susan’s passing.-á I worked with her at Miller Johnson for several years and loved her dry sense of humor, especially when I’d ask her how she was and she would sarcastically reply, “just peachy!”-á I attended her wedding to the love of her life, Bob.-á My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Wayne and Sabina Foster on July 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    What I remember most of Susan was her contageous laughter and wit. Her ease of talking on any subject matter. Her honesty and convictions. Her love of family. She left a mark with all who had the pleasure of knowing her. You will be missed Susan. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Love, Wayne and Bina (as she always called me)

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