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Helen Almeda Blythe, age 82, of Reed City, passed away on November 24, 2021, at home, under the care of Spectrum Health Hospice, while surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Alvis Laverne and Brooksie Louise (Thomas) Cagle, she was born on September 10, 1939, in Trumann, Arkansas.

Helen was an advertising representative with The Herald-Palladium newspaper in Southwest Michigan for over 30 years. She loved going to garage sales and searching for antiques and hidden gems. Helen enjoyed reading any book she could get her hands on. Her greatest pleasure was getting to spend any time she could with her family.

You could often find Helen sitting outside, feeding and watching the wildlife around the yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvis and Brooksie Cagle, Sister Laverne Taylor, and Brother Alvis Cagle, Jr.

Surviving is her sister, Linda Mott; three children, Lori Neahr, Angela Collis, and Paul Blythe; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Helen’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Linda Mott on November 29, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Almeda was the best sister that anyone could ever hope to have and was a wonderful part of my life. She took care of me when I was little and made my life fun. She would make fudge and popcorn to go along with the movies we watched on the weekends when mom and dad went out and she always made wonderful things for me like paper dolls with lots of clothes and little outfits so I could pretend I was a ballerina or a cowgirl. When we got older and ran around together more, we had such fun and many great adventures of exploring old houses, going to antique stores/rummages, thrift stores, then working at the flea market to sell our great finds. She was always there for me and she’ll always have a place in my heart until we meet again in Heaven some day. I love her dearly and will always miss her.
    Love, Linda

  2. John and Kenda Straathof on November 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss!!😢

  3. Daleann Blythe on November 30, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Aunt Almeda was always so good to me when we would visit. I loved visiting her and remember her for having a lucky cricket in the house. My heartfelt condolences to my cousins.

  4. Angie Collis on December 1, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    My mom was the true definition of what a loving mother should be. She was loving, giving, kind, had the sweetest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. She loved all of Gods creatures and all the beauty of nature. She was funny, selfless, gentle, and so loving to all of her children. She instilled good morals and values in each of us, and she had a strong inner core. Through her example my sister Lori and myself grew up to be good, strong, independent women. I’ve always been so proud to call her my mom. She will be missed by so many down here. I love you mom.

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