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Shirley Jean Sidebotham, age 77, of Middleville, MI went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 21, 2020. She was surrounded by her children.

Shirley is remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and a very special grandmother and great grandma. She was a genuinely sweet, selfless person with a servant heart. Family and her dog were the center of Shirley’s life and she loved spending time with them. She enjoyed fishing and playing games (marbles and cards). She especially loved sitting in the sun on the beach with her toes in the sand.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Phillip Sidebotham, her brother, William Boonstra, Jr., brother-in-law, Carroll Billett, her great grandson, Foster Grant Henderson, and her parents, William and Francis Boonstra.

She is survived by her children, Ray Sidebotham (Karen), Cindy Ordway (Dave), and Kim Finkbeiner (Scott); grandchildren, Ellen and Evan Sidebotham, David Ordway (Kiley), Emma Henderson (Corey), Aaron Ordway, Megan McKeown (Michael), and Trever Finkbeiner (Molly); seven great grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Jan Visser, Darlene Billett, Martin Boonstra, Melvin Boonstra, Patricia Sines, Rose Duemler, Francis Huff, and Sherry Poll; sister -in-law, Sandy Mazzola and their families.

The family extends a very special thank you to the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice and the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Center.

Memorial services will be scheduled for a later date.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ellen Sidebotham on April 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Grandma was so loved and we all will miss her so much. ❤️ She was the most stubborn and spontaneous woman I knew. She always joked that we had to eat all of our food before we were allowed to have dessert. She cooked the best food, always with extra salt and extra butter. Grandma taught me how to fold a fitted sheet the right way, and always stressed that bleaching your whites and separating your laundry was one of the most important things you should do. She gave me an iron once for our wrinkly clothes. She was a perfectionist, just like my Dad and just like me. She loved going to the casino. I turned 21 the day she passed away and I would’ve loved to go with her there sometime. One time she smiled at Kayden and I and said we had “so much love and are so young with so much time together ahead of us”, and I imagine she was thinking of all the great times she had with Grandpa when she said that. Christmas Eve after Kayden proposed, she was waiting right outside the door to give me a hug afterwards with Mom & Dad. I can’t help but imagine that heaven is the best seat in the house to watch our wedding from. And I know she’ll be sitting up there right next to Grandpa, watching together.

  2. Shirley Lowell on April 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    My sympathy is with you Cindy and Dave for your loss. I will be praying for you you and your family. Shirley Lowell

  3. Bonnie Gettys on April 23, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    The Barry Community Foundation Board and Staff extend our sincere sympathy for your loss of your mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister, friend.

  4. Joan Sullivan on April 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm


  5. Joan Sullivan on April 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    My condolences go out to everyone. I will always be grateful for the goodness that Phil and Shirley shared with my children.

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