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With great sadness we announce that on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the world has lost a true blessing of a woman, JoEtta Jean Taylor, a loving Mother, Grand Mother, Great-grand Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend to all!

JoEtta was known by many names (Jo to her friends and family, JoJo to her nieces and nephews, Grandma T to her grandchildren, and GG to her great granddaughters) left this world peacefully at her home with her daughter Missey by her side, and surrounded by loved ones.

Jo, the daughter of Clyde and Mary Cutler, was born December 26, 1952, in Edmore, and was a lifetime resident in the southern part of Vestaburg. Jo graduated from Montabella High School in 1971 and went on to study business and accounting at Davenport University. She immensely enjoyed softball (both playing and coaching her daughter’s little league team), shopping, gardening, but above all, spending time with her family, and watching her great granddaughters play all around her, as she visited with her grandchildren and daughter.

Jo was a driven, hard-working woman, that had just recently retired in September of 2021 from her main employment at EightCAP. She was previously employed at Central Michigan Mental Health and Central Michigan University, among other jobs as an accountant to several businesses. She maintained the accounting needs of the Congregational Church in Stanton, until she was admitted to Hospice care.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marilyn Rittenberry; two brothers-in-law Jimmy Rittenberry, and Eddie Walcutt; and niece Cory Dekker.

Jo is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa & Jake Erickson; three grandchildren, Christian & Phoebe, Akisha & Dustin, Damien & Kiershton; great granddaughters, Rylee, Frayah, and Adelynn and another great grandchild on the way; siblings Jerri Walcutt, Jan Franklin, and Kenny (Judy) Cutler; and too many nieces, nephews, and friends to mention.

Jo will forever be remembered in the hearts and thoughts of every soul she touched, and will carry on in the example and lessons she provided to all that were fortunate enough to know her.  “We love you, Jo! Until we meet again!”

The family is honoring Jo’s wishes and cremation will take place with no services to be held.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jo’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. Tasha Sheets on July 29, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    My heart aches for you all.. Joetta is such a special woman and I was glad to have her friend. She always put a smile on my face, I loved my visits with her. I I am sending prayers to you all.. Love you Joetta! Fly high beautiful <3

  2. Tonja on July 29, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Love you Aunt Jo. You will be missed! Thoughts and prayers to friends and family. The world has lost a wonderful women.

  3. Christina Cutler on July 29, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    In talking with Aunt Jo more recently I realized I have missed out on a lot with my Michigan family. I wish I could of given her a hug. She was going through such a difficult time and appeared so strong, knowing she may not have long. She tried and put up a fight anyway for her family. I’m wishing all family peace through this difficult time. I love you all. Stay brave and strong like Jo.

  4. Loretta (Lori) Oestrike on July 31, 2022 at 7:29 am

    In 2006, I started a new job and had reporting to get to Jo monthly. Jo was so kind and helpful that over the following months I asked her if she would be open to getting together outside of work. Jo loved the water and we would take the boat out, we would go to the Danish Festival every year and we had our favorite place to go get pedicures and then lunch. Jo was a dedicated employee and a hard worker. Jo had so much love for her family and I was truly blessed to have her friendship. I send my sincerest condolences to her family and friends. Jo will be missed and mourned by every heart that she touched.

  5. Cathy Foster on August 7, 2022 at 9:47 am

    My condolences to Missy and Jo’s entire family. Remembering a fun trip to Florida many years ago and getting our faces painted! Forever in your Heart. ♥️

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