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Alice Marjorie “Margie” Groce was born on May 17, 1937 in Bryan, Texas and was called home on Monday, August 17, 2020.   She was the first of five (5) children born to the late Daniel S. and Katie B. Groce.

The family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1948 and she graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1955.  She attended Davenport Institute (University).  She began work the same year at Michigan Bell Telephone as an operator.  She was there until her retirement.  After retirement, she earned her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She was employed with REACH, Inc. for several years and last worked for Arbor Circle child care program.

Margie came to know the Lord at First Community AME Church and accepted Christ at an early age.  She was a faithful member until her death.  She involved herself in a number of special programs and was instrumental in establishing the liturgical dance in the church.

On August 26, 1961 she married Johnny C. Blackmore who preceded her in death in 2015.  Margie enjoyed the role of homemaker and sewing and crafts.  She enjoyed shopping and traveling with friends.  She was a member of the Red Hat Club and Eastern Stars.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Nolan Groce.  She is survived by her daughters Monica Gillum of Grand Blanc, MI and Tonya Blackmore;  three grand children Simone, Isaac and Maija; her brothers, Daniel (Betty); Maurice (Donna) ; her sister Kathy Manley (Larry); sister-in-law Julia Groce. Several nieces, nephews, cousins; friends and special friends, Barbara Hicks, Lansing, MI ; Marsalene Hamilton and Char Letts both of Grand Rapids, MI.

Per Margie’s wishes cremation has taken place, her remains will be buried with her husband, Johnny at Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s Cemetery and private family services are being held.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.



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  1. Ron and Deboraha Harris on August 22, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    To Kathy and Larry, the Blackmore and Groce family. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister, mother and friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time as you celebrate the passing and memories of your sister and friend. Know that God is with you and will be your comforter, provider, and will enhance your faith and strength to endure this journey. He knows all your needs, grief and has you in His loving arms. Know that even though Margie is not with you in body, that she is in good hands, rejoicing and happy in the present of the Angels and the Lord! We are here for you and our prayers are with you. Love, your friends and church family members from Birmingham, AL. Psalms 23!

  2. Tommy and Cheryl Chambers on August 24, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Praying God’s comforting mercies for the family. Hold tight to your memories. God loves you all.

  3. The Riptoe Family (Cynthia, Lynn, Karen) on August 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Our heart felt condolences and prayers to the Groce and Blackmore family. May God continue to watch over each of you and hold you in his loving hands.

  4. Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Jones on August 30, 2020 at 11:37 am

    As a child, Sis. Blackmore served as my Godmother. She took this role seriously in that she cared for me from time to time and always made sure that Christmas was a special time for me. I’ll never forget how she would pick me up and take me to ATT where they had a celebration with many toys for children. These are memories I’ll never forget. Beyond that, she was a person who always encouraged me. When I was around her I always felt special. When I visited last year, she still encouraged me, making me feel special!

    I thank the Lord for her life and legacy. To the family, I wish my condolences and will pray your strength during this time of loss.

  5. Patricia Pulliam on October 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort and peace as you cherish her in memory and as you share those memories with each other.
    Patricia Pulliam

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