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Shelley Lee Wisdom, age 71, of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Mercy Health – St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Edison Ferris & Kathryn Louise (Hill-Butler) Lovett, she was born on May 9, 1949 in Grand Rapids.

Shelley worked as a night manager at Leonard Terrace Apartments for the City of Grand Rapids Housing Commission.  She enjoyed gardening, crafts, and holiday decorating, and was an active member of the church community that was held at Leonard Terrace, along with always having a cheerful and helpful spirit to those in the complex she served.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are her sons, Joseph & Angela Wisdom of Spring Lake, Michigan, and Todd Wisdom of Grand Rapids, Michigan; one grandchild, Alayna Wisdom of Spring Lake, Michigan; a brother, Gregory & Diana Lovett of Branch, Michigan; two sisters, Barb & Don VanderPloeg of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Sharon Morford of Chicago, Illinois.  She will also be forever remembered by her nieces and nephews, extended families and her close friends.

Private family services will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue), Grand Rapids, with committal services following at Resurrection Cemetery, Wyoming.

Memorial donations can be made in honor of Shelley to the Humane Society of West Michigan, as she always enjoyed the company of cats.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Shelley’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

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


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  1. tom stewart on December 11, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Remember Shelley,charlie, and Joe on coit ave and later on fuller — memories of a simpler place and time as my wife reminds me often- back when people were nice !. sorry for your loss…………..Tom Stewart

  2. Patrick Messinger on December 11, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    My heart is heavy and eye watery as I write this note. Shelley was a wonderful person and a beacon of positive energy. I will miss her. I had the blessing of being able to work with her for the last 14 years at GRHC/ Leonard Terrace site. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and hope that the grieving time will pass quickly and give way to the wonderful memories that she created by just being her. I will always remember those wonderful times together and cherish how full my life has been in knowing her. With deepest sympathy all the best to you Shellster, my nickname for her, and bless your family who will now miss having you with them. Sincerely Patrick Messinger.

  3. Patricia Butle on December 11, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Wisdom family and Shelley’s brother and sister’s and extended family. I have great memories of the Lovett and Butler family as I was a part of them. Sympathy also for all the people she touched at Leonard Terrace.

  4. James Jauw on December 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Shelley was a caring individual who helped my mother during her trying times while residing at Leonard Terrace. She is already missed. May she rest in peace, may the perpetual light shine upon her, and may her memory be eternal!

    The Family of Anna Jauw

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