Marian E. Carruthers

Marian E. Carruthers

Marian E. Carruthers of Pullman, MI passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Life Care Center in Plainwell. Mrs.Carruthers was born March 12, 1936 in Kalamazoo to Charles and Jennie (Britton) Mastin. Marian enjoyed bingo, playing slots at the casinos, watching old movies and was a long time skater at the Silver Star Roller Skating Rink.

On February 20, 1983 in Kalamazoo she married David Carruthers who survives. Also surviving are 5 children, Evelyn (Stephen) Pyle of Kalamazoo, Howard “Rocky” Jr. (LouAnn) Willis of Kalamazoo, Trudy (Stephen) Fabijancic of Allegan, Andrea (Jim) Irwin of Grand Rapids and Jody (Jack) Osborn of Plainwell; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her faithful dog, Mindy; a brother-in-law, Daniel Nadwornik.

Marian was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Mastin Williams, Vivian Lucille Nadwornik, Lillian Lorraine Mastin and a brother, Charles Mastin Jr.

The family would like to thank Dr. Saad and the staff at Life Care Center for their wonderful care of Marian.

Friends may meet with Marian’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Marian may be made to the VFW Post #3030 Ladies Auxiliary.

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  1. Jon Douglas says:

    Sorry to hear about your mother. I’ll never forget her coming to watch Rocky play darts. I think she was overwhelmed and didn’t realize the extent of his commitment. Everyone took her in and was so nice to her.
    You guys will be fine. I love you guys and look forward to coming back to Kalamazoo.
    Jon Douglas

  2. Dave & Dee Smith says:

    we will mis you very greatly.

  3. Linda Jaquays says:

    The sea flows on past the horizon,
    to rest upon a shore out of our sight.
    The stars fade in the morning sunlight,
    and travel to another starry night.
    The breeze blows quietly around us,
    then flies away to cool a distant space.
    The ones we love never really leave us,
    but go on to another shining place.

    Thinking of your family,
    Linda Jaquays

  4. Tricia Willis says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. You were all so wonderful to her and always there whenever she needed you. And you could tell by the look on her face that she adored each and every one of you too. How lucky you were to have her for as many years as you did (at least 11 more years than you thought you would!).
    I guess God must have seen how much she was suffering and figured it was time to call her home. I’m glad she was at peace and you were all there to tell her goodbye. I hope you can find some comfort in that.

    In sympathy,


  5. shirley & bil myers says:

    To All the Families of Our loved Marian, Our deepest Sympathy to all of you for your great loss. We all loved her dearly and will miss her most loving laughter and her loving ways. We will see you again.
    With all our love Aunt Shirley & Uncle Bill Myers

  6. Jeannie Case says:

    Rocky and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. There are no words to console the loss of a mother so I am not even going to try. Just know you have friends who love you and are here for you.
    Ken, Jeannie and Haley Case

  7. Roxann Snow says:

    Dave, I was sorry to hear that Marian lost her long battle with her illness. My thoughts are with you at this time of loss. God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

  8. Kathy Truman says:

    Hoping that your memories will bring you to a place of peace in your hearts.

  9. Richard and Noreen [Johnson] Gilbert says:

    David–I was so sorry to hear the news. Our prayers are with you.Hang on your memories……they are so precious and will get you through.

  10. Richard and Noreen [Johnson] Gilbert says:

    David…..I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers will be with you.

  11. MIchele Pulver says:

    Dear David,
    I am so sorry to hear of your losing Marion. My heart goes out to you and your family. At a time like this, there are no words. No words that really comfort or fill that place where you are hurting. May your loving memories help you through this difficult time. Please know that you are in my continued thoughts and prayers. And perhaps after a time remember….”To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”…..

  12. Dennis Gilkison says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing away. I am related to marians parents charles mastin as he was my mothers brother also. her name was thelma joslin gilkison. if your interested in more info. e-mail me back at thanks dennis

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