08-17-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Anita J. Oglesby, 66, of Covert went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at her home.

Services celebrating her life were held on Monday, August 14 at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Coloma.  Burial followed in Coloma Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.   Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net.

Anita was born on Oct. 27, 1950 in Caruthersville, Missouri to Royce and Dorothy Champion.  She married her husband, Gerald Oglesby, and together they have celebrated 40 years of marriage.  Anita was employed at Whirlpool for 30 years and retired in 2011.  Anita was a very religious person and a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Coloma.  She was great at arts and crafts, most recently, working on needle point.  She also enjoyed gardening in her flower garden.  She was an honest and witty individual who was always thinking about others.  Anita was loyal and caring towards her friends and family.

Her family includes her husband, Gerald; her children, Kimberley Wade of Coloma, Gina Anderson of Sacramento, CA, and Melissa Borah of Raleigh, MO; her brothers, Royce Champion of Essex, MO, Jerrold Champion of Manzanita, OR, Michael Champion of Coloma and Ted Jewell of Las Vegas, NV; her eight grandchildren; her seven great-grandchildren; best friends Brenda Vickers and Valarie Hampton; and her special cat, Austin.  She was preceded in death by her parents, by her son, Shawn and her daughter, Andrea, her brother, Dennis and her uncle, Glennie Cain who died in the Vietnam War.

Death Notices

Alvin “Al” E. Burkall, 92, of St. Joseph, formerly of Coloma, died June 6, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Ruth Ann Garrod, 52, died Aug. 3, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Dorothy Jones of Coloma died Aug. 9, 2017. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Maria De Lourdes Aviles Armenta, 62, of Decatur died Aug. 8, 2017 at her son’s home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Naomi Morgan, 89, of Coloma died Aug. 10, 2017 at The Timbers of Cass County, Dowagiac. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Norma L. Case, 67, of Dowagiac died Aug. 8, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Scott Masso, 39, of St. Joseph died Aug. 9, 2017 at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph


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