Paula Lutes

Paula Lutes

Paula I. Lutes of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013 in Plainwell. Mrs. Lutes was born November 20, 1917 in Allegan to Ira and Verna (Platt) Morris and was a lifelong resident of the area.

In 1936 she graduated from Otsego High School. For many years she worked as a cosmetologist at Lucille’s Beauty Shop. In her leisure time she enjoyed sewing, cooking and making people happy. Paula loved the Lord and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego, where she was a member of the True Blue Class.

Surviving are her daughter, Dee Davis of Plainwell; three grandchildren, Jamie Lutes, Joanna Stotesbury and Mark Barnes; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Andy, Paige, Taylor, Jacob, Nicholas and Amelia; a sister, Linda Mario of Bellville; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lutes; her son, David Lutes; a granddaughter, Wendy Berg; three brothers, Maxwell, Vincent and Gilbert Morris; and a sister, Doris Briggs.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego, with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Paula may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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  1. jackie friar says:

    So sorry to hear of the lost of you mom.
    She was a very sweet and caring person, i know you have many good memories that will last with you forever.
    Take care good friend and if you need any thing please call.

  2. Kay says:

    Jamie My dearest friend I an so sorry for your loss. I know you love and thought so very much of your grandmother. I send (((HUGS))) and prayers to you and your sister Jo. Know I am thinking of you and I’m here for you if you need anything!
    All my Love

  3. Jo says:

    My heartfelt condolences to all the others that loved her too….

  4. Judy Lutes says:

    I feel very blessed to have been Paula’s daughter-in-law for 52 years. She was a wonderful person, kind, generous, and loving, and she taught me many things.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to the rest of her family.

  5. Barb Jager says:

    Dear Dee I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, I know she was a great lady, cherish the memories.

  6. Allan Holden says:

    My story of Paula is a beautiful story, a story of one sister’s amazing love for her family. For several years a wonderful lady named Thelma Woodstock had a special burden for all of her family members. She longed for each of them to trust Jesus for the Salvation that He so freely provides. Thelma had often requested prayer for each of them. One-by-one, as Thelma was fighting cancer, her sisters and sister-in-law (Paula) started attending church with Thelma. It was at that time when I recognized one of these dear ladies from my childhood, Winnie Blanchett. We rekindled our friendship, and because of that I was privileged to meet another Sister Marian Stipcak and her sister-in-law, Paula, and her dear sister Hazel Maxwell. It has been my joy to become friends with, and even have the privilege of filling in as part time teacher in their Sunday School Class. What a wonderful group of ladies! Thelma’s legacy lives on as Hazel, and others, continue to pray for each of our unsaved loved ones. Without seeing Paula each Sunday this old world is a little darker. But, that is not the case where Paula now fellowships with Winnie and Marian around our Lord’s Throne.

    “O what a wonderful, wonderful day – day I will never forget;
    After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.

    O what a tender, compassionate friend – He met the need of my heart;

    Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.”

    • Jenni says:

      Thelma was my grandmother. Reading this brought me to tears. I just loved her so. Thank you for sharing these memories.

  7. Doris Schuiteboer says:

    you have my sympathy

  8. Floyd Gibson says:

    So sorry for your loss! Its been along time since ive seen the family! Praying for the family!

  9. Rob woodstock says:

    I know she loved us all, now she’s home. We will miss her.

  10. Frank Gibson says:

    We’re so sorry to hear about Aunt Paula and are praying for the family. We are out of the country, so can’t be at the Memorial Service, but will be thinking if you.

  11. andrew woodstock says:

    I loved Aunt Paula’s laugh.
    Im sure Mom and her sisters are glad to see her, and I bet they were all very excited to see her meet Jesus.

  12. Arch Woodstock says:

    I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom and spending time at your home. She always made time for us “little” kids. It was so good to hear her tell about receiving Christ as her Savior. Just thinking about the reunion that happened in Heaven when she went home to be with the Lord, can’t you just hear Uncle Jim saying, “where have you been? we have been waiting for you!”

    Sandy and I will miss her and the happiness she brought into the lives of all of us who knew her. Junior

  13. Deloris Watts says:


    Your are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a special person.

  14. Ralph and Debbi Woodstock says:

    We loved Aunt Paula! She was one of the most giving, caring people we had every met and had a wonderful sense of humor! Since Uncle Ralph became a believer before he died, she will also be re-united with him. All of them together will be so joyful and it gives us hope to look forward to the time when we will see Jesus and all the rest, too! There’s getting to be quite a crowd up there now of the family. Praying for you, DeeAnn, as I’m sure you miss your mom, and with your own health concerns, too. Much love to you, Ralph and Debbi

  15. Maija Miller (Jirgens) says:

    Sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful person! I enjoyed working with her and have a lot of great memories of her and the girls at the shop. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time!

  16. Mil Walker says:

    My sympathy to you.


    Mrs. Lutes was like a second mother to me all the years Dave and I ran around togeather. A SPECIAL LADY

  18. Verna Morris - VanderVeen says:

    Dear Dee Ann & family,
    My most sincere condolences go to you & your family, I know this is a great loss to you all. I did not keep in close enough contact with her & am very regretful of that. She was always a joy & I will miss that connection.

  19. Veronica Crowell says:

    DeeAnn, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with you and your mom, she was a special lady. My thoughts have been with you. Always Veronica

  20. Amelia Barnes says:

    I have checked this website almost every day ever since she died. Nani was and still is so important to me and I still can’t believe she’s gone. I miss her so and all I have left is her singing blue bear. We love you Nani. We miss you so much. It’s been almost three years and I’m still not finished grieving. I love you.

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