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|Wilhelmina Terry||1,942||Obituary submission||Wilhelmina Edna (Eckey) Terry; (Mina) passed away peacefully on November 15, 2022. She was born in
Mt. Union, Iowa on November 27, 1920. The daughter of Nellie G. (Kuhlman) and Rudolph Peter Eckey,
Mina graduated from Earlham College in 1942, with a degree in Home Economics. On March 7, 1943,
she married Robert Lee Terry (Earlham 1940).
While Robert served in the Army, Mina worked in several Philadelphia area businesses, including the
Human Resources Department at the Campbell Soup Company. When Robert returned from the service,
he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania. His first teaching position was at
Union College in Schenectady, NY, where their daughter, Martha Lee Terry, and son, James Robert Terry,
were born. They then went to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where Stephen West Terry was born.
In 1952, they moved to Waterville, Maine, the home of Colby College, and Robert taught there until his
retirement in 1983.
As was the culture at the time, Mina was a stay-at-home mom while her children were growing. She
enjoyed a memorable year as a long-term substitute Home Economics teacher at Waterville Junior High
School, an opportunity to get to know her daughter and her daughter’s friends in a different light. She
also enjoyed a brief period of teaching nutrition at the Maine School for Practical Nurses, as well as a
short time as a real estate agent. Somehow, family demands seemed to intervene in her working life as
she cared for her mother-in-law for several years, and her mother, for a shorter time.
Mina was involved in the community life of Waterville as PTA President at Averill School, the Waterville
AAUW, Thayer Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, and the Colby College Art Museum. She worked with
newcomers to Waterville as a Literacy Volunteer. She was a frequent chaperone for her children’s
school field trips, and she accompanied the Colby Outing Club on some memorable adventures during
her husband’s years as adviser to that group.
A few years after her husband’s death in 1989, Mina moved to Cheshire, Connecticut, to be closer to her
children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Martha Terry Djang [Fred]; her son,
Stephen West Terry [Andrea]; three grandchildren: Leslie Jasmine Djang, Peter Chen Djang and Robert
Yuan-Hsi Djang; and the extended joys of her life - two great-grandchildren, Mia Leigh Djang and Austin
Robert Djang. She was predeceased by her son, James Robert Terry; her husband, Robert Lee Terry; and
her sister, Mary Elizabeth Eckey Stevens
|Betsy Quick||1,967||Death||**Note to Editor: This is an death notice for Richard Quick, class of 1966**
Richard Quick ,'66, passed away on February 14, 2021 due to complications of Parkinson's Disease.
After graduation from Earlham, Richard attended Reed College where he obtained a MAT. He began teaching in the Detroit Public Schools in 1967 and initially taught high school biology at a multicultural school where he stayed for more than 15 years. He then changed direction and moved to a position at a magnet school where he taught computer science for the remainder of his 39-year career. He felt that both experiences were challenging and valuable.
Retirement meant travels, both abroad and domestic. Richard and Betsy traveled to more than 10 countries and were always eager to visit family and friends in other states. He continued to be involved with Detroit Audubon Society where he was always a board member and sometime president. Birding continued to be a favorite activity, but he also found time to work on his 1957
MGTD with help from the classic car group he joined. Golf was another favorite past-time for Richard and Betsy, as well as vacations in Michigan's upper peninsula and Mackinac Island.
Richard leaves behind a loving family--wife, Betsy (Britton, class of '67); daughter, Amanda, son-in-law Brian, and grandson, Zachary; and son, David.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
|Elisa Juarez||1,985||General update||I am currently living a creative, empty-nester life in Mansfield, Texas, with my husband Art. Our two daughters also live in Texas: one in Austin and the other here in Ft. Worth, so we get to see them regularly. I have been my father's caregiver for the past 8 years as he battles Alzheimer's. He is living across town in a memory care facility, but I am the only family member in the state so I take care of his affairs and visit him often. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so we moved her from San Antonio to a senior living community in Ft. Worth, so our caregiving responsibilities continue!
I am a writer and graphic designer, and published my first book last year: "Soul Salsa: Learning to Savor Every Season" (available on Amazon). I am working on another book about walking with my father through Alzheimer's. My website/blog is "Spoonful of Salsa" (www.spoonfulofsalsa.com).
|Miriam Elkins||1,964||Obituary submission||Miriam Swaney Elkins, 80, of Deerfield Beach, FL and formerly of Kissimmee, FL passed away on Friday January 20, 2023. She was precede in death by her mother and father; Florence and William Swaney. Sister, Ella (Fred) Loy, daughter, Lisa Marie Elkins Corbett, step-daughter, Ann Elkins Sawyer and brother-in-law, Harold Hall. Miriam was raised on a farm in Xenia, Ohio, where her love for riding horses was born. She was a talented singer and took her education very seriously, graduating from Oakwood High School in 1960 and earning a degree in Economics in 1964 from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. As a wife and mother, Miriam exposed her children to her love of horses, working with her husband to train cutting horses after their move to Florida. Miriam loved warm weather and the beautiful ocean in Florida, where she enjoyed life and made her transition home to God. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Barry Elkins, Son, Darin (Elizabeth) Elkins, step-son, Scott (Kristi) Elkins, son-in-law, Reide (Sandy) Corbett, grandchildren, Ian Corbett, Noah Corbett, Sydney (Casey) Boyd, Sophi Elkins, Courtney Elkins, Christopher Elkins, Zachary Sawyer, Cody Sawyer, sister-in-law, Oneita Hall, niece, Claudia (Ken) Boyer, nephew, Steve (Joanne) Hall and life-long friend Dianne Fogle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory, 2000 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. 407.957.2511. Online condolences can be made at www.osceolamemgds.com.||||2307|
|Pat McBee||1,969||General update||Pat McBee '69 and her husband Brad Sheeks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 27 2021. The occasion included a weekend at their home in Newtown, PA, with 20 extended family members from around the country and a Zoom party with 75 participants from all phases of their lives. Pat's Earlham roommate, Maryanne Kephart Michaels '68 and her husband Patrick Michaels participated from their home in Santa Rosa, California.||||772|
|Carol Garza||1,954||Obituary submission||Carol C. Garza was born Deborah Caroline Coggeshall on August 16, 1932 in Norristown Pennsylvania, to Agnes Coggeshall (Woodman) and Edwin Coggeshall. She was an only child who grew up on a farm and played piano every day, often accompanying her father who played violin. She attended George School, a Quaker school in Newtown, PA. Carol was described as "ahead of her time." She earned her bachelor's degree at Earlham College at a time when only 1% of women attended college. She met her husband, Jaime Garza Garcia, in a communal Quaker household where they both lived. They were married on December 20, 1958. After having lived only in Quaker communities, she moved to Jaime's native Mexico, living in Mexico City. There she became fluent in Spanish and raised three children until Jaime's job transferred him to Massachusetts. They settled in Sharon, MA where Carol continued raising her children and playing piano every day. She enjoyed playing bridge, taking long walks, riding her bike, and volunteering in schools. Later in life, she also enjoyed going to the senior center and attending her grandchildren's many performances. Carol was very active in politics, serving as co-president and then treasurer of the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters, attending all Town Meetings, and eventually working as the administrative assistant to the town finance committee of Sharon. Carol also provided child care to the local churches and temples for 30 years. Carol always welcomed others and frequently had extended family members living in her home. On May 12, 2022, Carol passed away peacefully, lying next to her husband, in the home they shared for over 50 years. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Jaime; her children, Laura Grenier and her husband Steve, Benjamin Garza, Sylvia Garza and her husband D. Sean Tobin; and her grandchildren, Alec and his wife, Ki'ami, Jaclyn and her husband, Mike, Caroline and Valerie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA Care Network Hospice, Needham, MA Visiting Hours: Friends are invited to pay their respects on June 12, 2022 from 12-2 pm, followed by a short, "Quaker style" circle to hold her in the light, at 28 Keith Terrace, Stoughton, MA.||||1284|
|Gary Rogers||1,971||Obituary submission||Gary Laurance Rogers, 70, Mooresville, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Gary was born to John and Elizabeth (Pennington) Rogers on November 16, 1948 in Colfax, Washington. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1966 and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1979. He married Karen L. (Wilcher) Rogers on July 27, 1974.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of nearly 45 years, Karen Rogers of Mooresville; two loving children, Eric (Crystal) Rogers of Mooresville and Lora (Shaun) Guernsey of Martinsville; seven grandchildren, Makenzie, Tayla, Cole and Tyler Rogers and Chelsea, Kendall and Oliver Guernsey; three sisters, Christy Wampler, Wendy Pallman and Amy Paddock; three brothers, John, Mark and Doug Rogers. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Currently, Gary was working as an Analyst and Programmer for Key Benefit Administrators in Indianapolis for 8 years. He was a member of Central Indiana Folk Music Society. He was a very kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was always a seeker of knowledge. He enjoyed music and song writing. He played multiple instruments with the banjo, upright bass and guitar being his favorites.
Family and friends may show their love and support from 4-8 p.m on Tuesday, May 21st and 10:30 -11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. Reverend Brandon Sichting will officiate Gary's celebration of life service at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at Jones Family Mortuary. Gary will be laid to rest in White Lick Cemetery in Mooresville.
To send a condolence to the family or share a story about Gary, please visit: www.jonesfamilymortuary.com
|Erin Thompson||1,984||Obituary submission||Erin Kelley Thompson, 61, of Athens, OH, passed away unexpectedly on January 13th, 2023 in the company of her husband, Christopher (Chris) following a health emergency.
Born November 22, 1961, in Providence, RI, Erin, who grew-up in Ridgewood, NJ, was a resident of Athens, OH since 1998. She worked as an Executive Assistant and Dean's Office Liaison in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University (OU). She held two other positions at OU previous to this job. Prior to her work at OU, Erin was Office Manager at Athens First United Methodist Church from 1999-2009.
Erin graduated from Earlham College (Richmond, IN) in 1984 with a B. A. in Japanese Studies. Before coming to Athens with her husband for his assistant professor position at OU, Erin held a series of specialized and unique positions related to her Earlham degree. The two most prominent of these jobs were her Staff Associate position (1988-1994) at Subaru Isuzu Automotive (SIA), and her two different appointments to the Tōwa-chō Board of Education in Iwate, Japan (1985-1987; 1994-1996) where she worked as an English Education Specialist. Erin was a fluent speaker of Japanese.
Erin was a staunch, life-long, United Methodist and member (with Chris, Wesley, and Bailey) of Athens First United Methodist Church, where she played in the Bell Choir. She and her husband were married in 1988 at the First United Methodist Church in West Lafayette, IN. Erin and Chris had just celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary on December 30th, 2022.
Erin is preceded in death by son Wesley. She is survived by her husband and daughter, she and her husband's siblings and their families, and her parents. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Erin's honor at the Athens First United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 18th, 2023 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wesley Lawrance Thompson (WLT) Memorial Scholarship in International Business Erin championed for her late son. To contribute to the WLT Scholarship, please click on the link below:
Wesley Lawrance Thompson (WLT) Memorial Scholarship in International Business
|Gerald Bakker||1,920||Obituary submission||Gerald “Jerry” Bakker died peacefully in the early morning of Monday, November 7, 2022 at American House of Holland. His smile, laughter and love for his family and those caring for him was a part of who he was until the end, even though his memory had faded and he could no longer speak the words.
Born on May 19, 1933 to Simon and Mary Bakker in Cicero, IL, Jerry attended Chicago Christian High School and Calvin College, where he met his wife Barbara (Verbridge) Bakker when she asked him out during counter-courting week. Six months later, they were engaged, and after graduating from Calvin in 1955, he headed to University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana to get his Ph.D. in Chemistry while Barb finished at Calvin.
They were married on June 8, 1957 in Kalamazoo, MI and began their life together that would span 65 years, beginning with Jerry’s postdoctoral work at the University of Kansas in 1958. Jerry then landed his first teaching job as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Earlham College, Richmond, IN in 1959. They had only planned to stay in Richmond for a year or two, but instead stayed at Earlham until his retirement after 36 years in 1995.
While at Earlham he taught Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, a religion and science class and a course he taught with his dear friend, Len Clark, every year from 1968-1995, Philosophy of Natural Science. He and Len co-authored a textbook of the curriculum in 1988.
Jerry created a teaching consultant position in 1975 and became the first to hold the two-year job which provided faculty members with the opportunity to seek advice and evaluation. In 1986 Jerry focused his attention on building Earlham’s Ford Knight grants. The grants were designed to encourage professor research with the focus on involving students in the process.
He was Associate Academic Dean, Acting Provost and led foreign study trips to Scandinavia in 1966 and 1971, and did a 50-year reunion trip to Scandinavia in 2016, and in 1995 led the Japanese SICE foreign study trip before retiring. He was a life-long educator, and taught not only at Earlham, but University of Illinois, Hope College, Calvin University and Grand Valley State University.
He was loved by his students for the thoughtful and intentional ways he involved them not only in learning, but in life. He and Barb would take students on weekend ski trips to Michigan and host his advisees for spaghetti dinners with his homemade French bread at the house that they designed and built in Centerville, IN. He had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, and loved to laugh and smile.
He was recognized by one of his Earlham students, who made a donation in his honor to name the renovated Chemistry floor after him in 2013. The dedication reads Jerry Bakker was a dedicated and inspiring professor, enriching student’s lives through his teaching and mentoring. For chemistry majors fortunate enough to have had him in class, he instilled the wonder and joy associated with practicing chemistry as well as an understanding of the rich opportunities chemistry provides for improving our world.
After his retirement from Earlham, he and Barb retired to Grand Haven, MI where they had a house in the Wilderness Association with access to the beach on Lake Michigan where he often swam, dug in the sand with his grandkids and great grandkids, paddled his kayak, and flew his many kites. He and Barb took many bike trips including internationally. They loved to travel together which they did often. He was a wonderful singer, and sang throughout his life, and in retirement was a part of the Holland Chorale, Calvin Alumni Choir and LaGrave Church Choir. He cared deeply about social justice and environmental issues and had many articles published and research cited. As one final gift to science and research, a whole-body donation was made through MedCure.
Jerry was a husband and partner to Barbara, father to Anne Bakker (Tom Davelaar), Holland, MI and Mark Bakker of Grand Haven, MI; Grandfather to Andrew Ko Gras (Julia Fleming) Colorado Springs, CO and Lauren Anne Wandell (Brandon Wandell) Perrysburg, OH; Great Grandfather to Evan, Theo and Owen Wandell; Brother to Marion Nordhof, Wharton, TX, Bob Bakker (Eloise) Orlando, Florida; Brother In-law to Jim Verbridge (Becki) Akron, OH; Uncle to Donna Molegraaf (John), Spring, TX, Richard Feyen (Peggy) Alaska, WI, Audrey Watson, Seattle, WA, Michael Feyen (Deanna) Wharton,TX, Mary Brown (Jim), Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dirk Bakker (Rebecca), Grand Haven, MI, Mary Vandenbosch, Grand Haven, MI, Doug Bakker (Kristen) Cedar Lake, IN, Pam Sellers, Muskegon,MI, Steve Verbridge (Michelle), Marquette, MI, Suzanne Adel (Brian), Pasadena, CA and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Simon and Mary Bakker and brother Richard Bakker.
A special thank you to Pastor Chad Boersma, the staff at American House of Holland (Lighthouse and Bay Pointe), Holland Hospital and Hospice of Holland for their wonderful care during the past six weeks, and for sharing their meaningful and touching stories about their time with Jerry.
There will be a celebration of Jerry’s life at LaGrave Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday Nov. 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior to the service at 10:15 a.m. and at a luncheon following.
Gifts can be made in memory of Jerry to the Gerald Bakker Collaborative Research Fund at Earlham College 801 National Rd. West, Richmond, IN 47374.
|Ann Campbell||1,956||Obituary submission||Ann Perry Reynolds Campbell (born 6/11/1937), of Williamston, MI, fought cancer to a draw on September 27, 2021, surrounded by family. Ann embraced life, squeezing out every drop of happiness and soaking up every ray of sunshine she encountered. Born in Woodstock, CT, to Jotham Gay and Susan Sumner Reynolds, Ann is pre-deceased by her parents and brother Joe.
She was the ninth generation of her family to grow up on Lyonsdale Farm in Woodstock. She attended and graduated from Woodstock Academy, and moved to Richmond, IN to attend Earlham College. Ann met Fred Campbell at Earlham when she was managing the student cafeteria and Fred applied for a job in the kitchen.
They married in 1960, after graduating from Earlham, and enjoyed living in many states during their 61 year marriage. Ann’s inquisitive mind and natural sense of humor led her to enjoy employment ranging from educational research helping to design the original Head Start Programs at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock; to serving as purchasing director for the Michigan Cancer Foundation in Detroit; to working in hardware stores; and her starring role as a simulated patient in the medical, nursing and veterinary schools at Michigan State University. Ann’s creative passions and innate joy led her to make friends everywhere she lived, and to be an active community volunteer.
Ann was an Advanced Master Gardener, through the MSU extension program, and couldn’t pass a garden without pulling weeds. Ann was also a Master Thrifter whose turn signal automatically started blinking for a yard sale. During the last 20 years while living in Williamston, MI, Ann participated in Shagbark Questers historical society; restoration of the one-room Branch School; garden clubs at the local, state and national levels; Williamston Kiwanis, many Red Cedar Jubilee celebrations, the Williamston Depot Museum, food bank and more.
Ann is survived by her loving husband Fred Campbell, son Craig Campbell (Peggy), daughter Judi Lintott (Richard), and four adult grandchildren, Ian Campbell, Griffin Campbell, Emily Lintott and Susan Lintott. A celebration of Ann’s life, along with dedication of a community memorial garden to be created in her honor, will be held in early summer 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s name to Ann Campbell Memorial, Williamston Area Beautification Fund, PO Box 116, Williamston, MI 48895.
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