Colleen Thaxton

Colleen Thaxton

Colleen L. Thaxton (nee Severy), of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014, at her home in Otsego with her husband of 65 years, Ronald L. Thaxton, at her side.

Colleen, only child of Luther and Ada Severy, was born on November 14th, 1929 and lived her entire life in Otsego.  She married Ronald, her High School sweetheart and classmate, on September 11, 1948, in Otsego. Colleen had many friends and relatives in the Otsego area and was employed for a short time as a school bus driver with Plainwell Public Schools. She was a member of the Otsego Congregational Church and an active member of the Ladies Guild.

For most of her life Colleen was a dedicated and loving mother to her children including son Anthony ‘Tony’ (Becky) of Holland Michigan, daughter Sally Betzner of Plainwell, son Rodney (Kathy) of Otsego, and daughter Christine Zeeryp (Gary) also of Holland. A highlight of her life was time spent with her grandchildren including Brian Betzner (35) of Otsego, Jennifer Thaxton (29) of Washington DC, Ikeca Betzner (22) of Orlando, Florida, Joshua Thaxton (24) of Otsego, and Andrea Thaxton (21) who is a student at NMU in Marquette, MI. 

There are many fond memories of time spent at holiday gatherings, the swimming pool at home, and winter breaks on the beach near their winter home of 22 years in Venice, Florida.

Friends and acquaintances are welcome to a memorial service that will be held on Wednesday March 5th at 11:00 AM at the Otsego Congregational Church, 120 W. Morrell St, Otsego, MI 49078.

Contributions in memory of Colleen may be made to the Otsego Congregational Church or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Sherlene Belden says:

    Sally and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.


  2. Julie Minegar-Stasi says:

    Thinking of you all and remembering good times growing up with Aunt Colleen and the family. All of us here in Kansas City are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. Love you.

  3. Linda and Denny Snider says:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you all. I know how difficult it is for you. Keep strong!

  4. Steve Henderson says:

    The best pork cutlets I ever ate I will miss you.


  5. Bob & Roberta Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss, Our thoughts are with you.

  6. Kathi (Snyder) Fisher says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember so many times staying at your house and Colleen’s quick smile. I have you all in. Y thoughts and prayers. I’ve been where you are, Sally. There is no one to replace a mom. You will miss her daily. Just hold on to the thought that she is in a better place and that you will be together again. Let the memories come and bring you some peace. Love you, friend.

  7. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you all. Colleen was such a fun and sweet person. She will truly be missed by so very many people. May your fond memories and photos bring you comfort in the days and months ahead.

  8. Scarlett Bird says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Colleen.
    I remember when she brought a apple pie out to Grandma Snyders
    when she was sick.Just think they are both making pies in heaven now.God bless you all.Love Jim & Scarlett

  9. Joyce and Dean Sheldon says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  10. Cindy Jonckheere, sister of Colleen's daughter-in-law, Becky says:

    Our condolences to the Thaxton Family on the loss of Colleen. She was a wonderful and happy wife and mother and grandmother. What a full life and long marriage she enjoyed. We have fond memories of her upbeat spirit and laugh. May she rest in peace in the arms of her savior.

  11. John and Mary Skoglund says:

    Becky and Tony:
    Just today I was talking with some of our Florida neighbors who hail from Whitehall, and I mentioned that a former neighbor once taught there. This prompted me to look you up tonight online, and I came upon Colleen’s obituary. We are very sorry to hear about the death of your mother and Jennifer’s grandmother. I remember having met her once when Jennifer was just a baby. We send sympathy to you and your entire family. Enjoy all the sweet memories and the wonderful lessons she taught.

  12. sandra daggett says:

    Dear Thaxton Family, I only learned today of Colleen’s death seeing it posted just below the name of my nephew’s grandmother. They died on the same day.
    I have always been so fond of your family and think back on all the sweet connections and experiences shared by our all of us.
    And, Tony, I’ll never forget seeing you and your Dad at my Mom’s service. Your attendance was such a generous gesture! I’ll always be grateful to you, both.
    Your Mom will surely be cherished and your family comforted by our Heavenly Father.
    Much love, Sandy

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