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Tally Jo (Hart) McMullen “Wild Child”, 55, of Lansing, MI was called home to be with God on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. She passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side after years of battling illness. Tally was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Hart and Linda (Knott) Thayer. She is survived by her siblings, Tori Hart, Cheyenne (Kevin) Gyebnar, and Roger Thayer, Kristi (Tim) Atwell, and Casey (Eric) Steidle. She is also survived by her five children, Tesha (Rene) Gelista, Tara (Thomas Phaneuf) Beebe, Taloni-Rae Witherell, Tayla (Paul Deleon) Witherell, and Comanche Clay. As well as her 7 grandchildren, Rene Jr, Onelicia, Onalaysia, Aniyah, Tegan, Ezekiel, and also another special girl on the way. Tally was born on March 14, 1963 in Lansing, Michigan. She attended Everett High School and years later as an adult, she proudly earned her GED.


Tally spent as much time as possible with her family, whether it was a backyard barbecue, a night out, or just simply doting over her grandchildren who she was so proud of; ensuring their memories will be filled with smiles and kisses. Tally loved dancing to live music and spent many nights out with friends and family doing so. Anyone who knows Tally knows that, outside of her family and friends, she was never happier than when she was on a bike heading out to one of the many adventures she shared with her DBMC family. She spent many of her younger years (prior to having kids), hitchhiking with her sister down to Lockport, IL.to spend time with her friends and family there. She was known to go out of her way in order to help someone just to see the smile she would receive in return. Tally lived life to the fullest; experiencing both victories and setbacks, only to come through each as a stronger version of herself. In her short fifty five years, she touched so many lives in such a way that they cannot help but smile when she crosses their mind. We are set at ease a little knowing that her father (Gordon) and her mother (Linda) was there to welcome her through the gates of heaven with a warm hug, a loving smile, and an offer from her mother to participate in that nights bingo. We cry as a family in remembrance, but join together as a family to celebrate her life.


Join us to celebrate Tally’s life on Monday, April 2, 2018, held at the Diamondbacks MC at 7037 Windsor Hwy., Potterville, MI. 48821. The doors open at Noon and the memorial starts at 1:00pm. She will be given her final ride to Deepdale Memorial Gardens at 4108 Old Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI. 48917. The graveside celebration will begin at 3:00pm. Immediately following the graveside celebration will be a benefit and dinner back at the DBMC.


Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tally’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Tesha Gelista on March 26, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Mom, we miss you more than words can describe.. We will take care of each other. I promise.



  2. Kristi Atwell (Hart) on March 27, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Im still in shock that your really gone.the only thing that is comforting is knowing that you are no longer are in pain. My big sister, you were always there for me through good and bad. Im so sorry I didn’t get home in time so we could see each other one more time, you kept asking me and I told you yes that I would come home soon, now it’s to late. Please forgive me, I really was going to come home to see you. Hug dad really tight for me. And I promise to check on my nieces and make sure they are okay but you raised wonderful and amazing girls you won’t have to worry about them. I love you sister.



  3. Tayla on March 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I love you mom always and forever. Watch over us my sweet lady



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