Dorothy Marie Parish

Dorothy Marie (Kellogg) Parish passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family Saturday, January 23, 2021. Dorothy was born May 4, 1929 in Eureka, MI. She retired from Michigan Bell, and Dorothy and her husband founded Mason Antique Mall.

She is survived by her loving niece, Linda (Al) Guthrie, niece and caregiver Carol Parish, family, Jim and Pat Whitford and Roxie Shaull, along with many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Annabelle Kellogg, husband George, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and loving dog Penny.

There will be a private funeral service. Family and friends may attend the service virtually on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM on the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Funeral Home Facebook Page where it will be live-streamed. Interment will take place at Deepdale Memorial Park. Public visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 PM with a rotating 25 person capacity and social distancing being respected. Memorials may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Dorothy.

Connie J. Lambert

Connie J. Lambert, a longtime resident of Melbourne, Florida and a recent resident of St. Johns, died peacefully on January 21, 2021 after a long battle with bone cancer. She was 77 years old.

She is survived by her sister and best friend, Bonnie Dowell; nephews and nieces, Nelson Dowell, Penny (Dave) Dezess, Robert Dowell, Daniel Dowell, Betty Gamble and Jeremy Gamble and her daughter, Mary Ann Lambert.

Services will be held privately.

For further information, contact McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.

Frank Alton Howard

Frank Alton Howard, 85, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at Middlebury Township Cemetery, Ovid, MI on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Brendan Holmquist of Grove Bible Church officiating. Those wishing to view the service may watch it on the Smith Family Funeral Homes Facebook Page.

Frank was born in St. Johns, MI on July 20, 1935, the son of Frank and Ruth Victoria (Risley) Howard. He graduated from Laingsburg High School with the class of 1954.

On December 10, 1955, Frank married Theodora A. Christacopulos at the First Baptist Church in Laingsburg. They were blessed with nearly 50 years together prior to her death on June 13, 2005. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 20 years and then continued to serve as a civilian employee for many years.

Frank and Theodora enjoyed years of travel including living in Italy, Turkey, Israel and Korea. He liked spending time with his brothers in the great outdoors hunting, camping and fishing. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. Frank’s unwavering faith in God was the foundation of his life. He was an active member of Grove Bible Church for many years. His faith was a lasting example to everyone who knew him.

Frank is survived by 4 children: Catherine Reed of Lima, OH, Douglas (Sandra) Howard of Grand Rapids, Susan McGinnis of Perrinton, and Lisa Howard of Negaunee; 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 siblings: Wendell (Rose) Walker, Arthur (Linda) Howard, Ellis (Bonnie) Howard, Joyce (James) Turner, and Charles (Jeanne) Miller; and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank Howard, mother Ruth (Charles) Miller, wife Theodora, grandson Oakes Walker, great grandson Connor Strobridge, son-in-law Douglas McGinnis and siblings: Geraldine Swanson, Irvin Walker, Wayne Walker, and Carole Holk.

In Frank’s parting words… “Lord Bless!”

The family requests that Memorials be made to Salvation Army or Grove Bible Church. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.