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Our Mom, Monette Burk, known to many as “Mona” passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2020. She was born in Nitta-Gun, Japan on July 31, 1955, to Robert Baker and Yoshi Myamoto. She moved to the United States shortly after her birth and eventually settled in Eaton Rapids, MI. Mona was the oldest sister to Dale (Charlene) Baker, Edwin Baker, Patty Hamby, Elbert Payne and Gail (Paris) Carpenter.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brothers, Edwin and Elbert.

Surviving are her step-dad, Robert Sattler; her children, Eric Kilbourne, Jaime (Andy) Crow, and Stefanie Martin; grandchildren, Kenyon (Brittany) Kilbourne, Dakota Kilbourne, Anastasia Kilbourne, Tre (Skye) Elston, Dylan Elston, Isaiah Rowe, Brianna Rowe, Taylor Crow, Kennedie Crow, and Charlotte Crow; and many nieces and nephews as well.  Mona also leaves behind her two beloved, goldendoodles Kassey and Sammy.

Mona worked in healthcare since 1989. She loved her job and the people she worked with at McLaren on Lake Lansing Rd. They were her second family. Our mom was happiest when she was baking or cooking for others. If there was ever a need she would be there to help in any way she could. She would do anything for anyone. She was a talented crafter as well. Most of all she loved her family very much and she will be missed by so many family and friends.

Per Mona’s wishes cremation has taken place and no public services will be held at this time.

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


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  1. Ashraf Abdullah on October 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Will miss you Monett you were the very caring and happy person

  2. Tresa Johnson Grossman on October 17, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    You were dearly loved and will be missed by many, including me. Prayers and hugs to your family.

  3. Sherry Freeman on October 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I will truly miss you Mona. You always brightened the room with your beautiful smile and laugh. Rest well until we meet again!

  4. Sadiq Syed on October 17, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    You are out of our sight but not from our hearts, YOU will always be missed, rest in eternal peace

  5. Sue Gmazel on October 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Monette work will never be the same. I love and miss you dear friend. RIP

  6. Nancy Marsh on October 17, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Rest in peace drear 1974 classmate. You will be missed by many!! Thinking of her family and may they have many fond memories.

  7. Tina Terry on October 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I will miss her laugh. Such an amazing person and beautiful heart and soul. Will miss her. RIP Friend .

  8. Cheryl K Johns on October 17, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Such a loving soul. You will be missed. RIP and and you will remain forever in our hearts.

  9. Sreenivasa Murthy on October 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Monette is going to be missed by all of us. She spent a good part of her professional years as my MA and friend. She was loved by everyone. She was very kind, loved her profession, and went out of her way to help patients when needed. I and my family will miss her dearly. Her pineapple upside down cake she made during my birthday was the absolute best.

    May her soul Rest In Peace.

  10. Michelle Smith on October 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Monette was one of the first people to comfort me at work when my mom passed away unexpectedly. She went above and beyond that day, I will always be thankful for her and the others that embraced me and took care of me at my darkest moment. Prayers of peace and comfort to her family and friends.

  11. Irma Sanchez-Rodriguez on October 18, 2020 at 8:59 am

    My deepest condolences to your family. I will truly miss you each year when I visit Michigan. I am so heartbroken and still in shock. My beautiful childhood friend thank you for all the great memories and for making a difference in all the lives you touched. ❤️

  12. Jane Davis Wellington on October 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Mona was my classmate and always had a contagious smile and a wonderful person. I know she’ll be missed so much by so many….

  13. Douglas R Vander Jagt on October 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Monette a beautiful woman and a great humanitarian. I had the privilege and and honor to work with many years in health care. She treated the patients as they were family and the staff as brothers and sisters. Her kindness, love for othether, and deserts will be missed by all
    God speed

  14. Jan Witwer on October 19, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I am heart broken to learn of Monette’s passing. My doctor is Dr. Murthy when she was his MA she was always so caring. Last year at Thanksgiving I was really sick and she brought me so much food as I could not get out. She is the most caring person I have ever met. Mona you will always be in my heart. Prayers to the family.

  15. Scott R. Smith on October 22, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    I was sorry to hear of Monette’s passing today. I knew her from many years as she assisted Dr. Murthy as his MA. She was always professional, proficient and personable and I always knew that I could depend on her for anything I needed. Our conversations were always brief, but I always enjoyed making her smile……. She was a beautiful woman who will be missed by her families and friends and those she worked and interacted with. Rest in peace, my friend……….

  16. Charlotte Shire on May 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I think of you often, Monette. Yesterday I made your strawberry poke cake, my husband loves it! And that better than sex cake is another favorite in our household! It is still hard to believe you are gone. I am glad I got to hug you a few days before you passed. It just goes to show, you just never know when our time will come. I want to thank you for always being there when someone needed you and for being my friend. Love you girl! What a great person, I am glad to have met you many years ago at work. HUGS again.

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