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Gwendolyn S. Digby

Gwen passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born March 2, 1950 in Plainwell, the daughter of Cecil and MaryAnne (Ransbottom) Root. Gwen owned and operated Digby Chips with her husband and was a hostess at Judy’s Restaurant for many years. In her free time she enjoyed attending her breast cancer support group, watching Young and the Restless, going to the casino, collecting coca cola memorabilia and shopping. Gwen had the biggest heart and loved her many grandchildren very much. In June 2000 she married Larry Digby who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Tammy Knight, Tina Gonzales, Tony (Alisha) Knight and Becky (Jeff) Stice; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Arnold Digby, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Gwen’s family starting at 2:oo P.M., Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Masonic Temple in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Gwen may be made to the

American Cancer Society.

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LaRayne Sweet

October 9, 2021 at 12:22 pm

I am at loss for words. I truly love this Woman, she was a Blessing to so many, I am so gonna miss our Chats, Hugs, and they way you Always said.. I Love You Kiddo. Rest in Heaven Momma Gwen.

Prayers to her Family, and to All of the People she Blessed with her Friendship. ❤



October 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.


Sandy Scott

October 9, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Gwen was one of the nices people I ever ment. She alwas said Hi & took time to ask how I was doing. I am so sorry for her family. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.


Darlene Hoover

October 9, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Larry and entire family,

So very sorry for your loss.

Still finding this hard to believe. We all will miss her and her smile at our Sunday evening get togethers.

Rest In Peace our friend

Ron and Darlene Hoover


Tim and Marcia Quigley

October 9, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Dear Family ofGwen,

I was so sad to hear that Gewn had passed

Dear Family of Gwen,

I was so sad to hear of Gwen passing away! We were childhood friends at Dix St. School and attended Jr .High School and High School together, too! Gwen always had a smile for everyone and was a kind and good friend! Please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! May your memories sustain you and she will forever be in your hearts!


Mary beauchamp

October 9, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Our deepest condolences. She was so sweet always selling Avon and always serving up good food at Judy’s. My dad and my mom went way back with the Family. So sad to see this hugs to all the family.And sending prayers of comfort


VanDenBerg families

October 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm

Larry and family, so very sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing keeping you in our prayers….


Mike and Chris VanDenBerg

October 9, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Sending love and prayers to Larry and the whole family.

So sorry for your loss.

Gwen was a loving caring person who will be missed.


Rose Sharrard

October 9, 2021 at 4:10 pm

So very sorry to hear about Gwen. She was so nice. I met her when she stated having toy parties for me. You are all in my prayers. May she rest in peace The Heaven got a new angel.


Lisa Alli

October 9, 2021 at 5:18 pm

To her family and friends we were all Blessed to know Gwen She was one of the nicest people I knew I missed seeing her around when I left my job . To her family, My Prayers are with you all sending love and healing Prayers during this difficult time tender hugs she was an amazing woman who will be missed by many people she brought lots of Joy



Dawn Olson

October 9, 2021 at 6:31 pm

I remember Gwen from my Avon days. She was such a lovely lady. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Keeping her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers.


Regge Haskins

October 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Gwen was the nicest lady. She was always so kind to everyone and I know she will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.



October 9, 2021 at 10:10 pm

My Sincere Heart Felt Condolences


Joyce & Dan McClellan

October 9, 2021 at 10:14 pm

Thinking of all in prayer at this difficult time. Joyce & Dan McClellan


Steve Wright

October 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

I’m at such a huge loss for words as Gwendolyn and Larry always told me how good of a job I was doing taking a chance on me driving truck for them as I was fresh out of Truck Driving school and giving me a job hauling woodchips when the Papermills in Otsego shut down.

The Digby family have my deepest sympathy!!


Jennifer Hitts

October 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

So sorry for your loss she was always very nice to me


Cheryl Knapp

October 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm

Just heard about Gwen. My prayers to all of you. I will miss seeing her at Judy’s.


Loree and Bob

October 10, 2021 at 8:28 am

God’s peace and strength to the whole family.


Roberta Kuitert

October 10, 2021 at 8:54 am

Our deepest sympathy to her family. We will miss seeing her on Thursdays at drive thru lunch at Plainwell FUMC. May God surround your family in his loving arms.

Thursday Lunch Bunch.


Ernie , Kathy Morgan

October 10, 2021 at 10:08 am

We are so very sorry for the loss of Gwen. Super nice Lady! Prayers for healing and peace


Sandy Brink

October 10, 2021 at 3:02 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing. Gwen was by far the kindest, sweetest lady I know. I was always happy to run into her somewhere and catch up. She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. Tina, my heart goes out to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Jonathan Tripp

October 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm

Always enjoyed Gwen alot at Judy’s will miss her, may God bless you in your time of loss. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Jon Tripp


Dennis Hiemstra

October 10, 2021 at 6:33 pm

Gwen was a great gal. We graduated from high school together. My condolences to her fammily


Dean Madonia

October 11, 2021 at 6:38 am

I’m so sad to hear about Gwen. She was a sweet lady, a wonderful, Great-aunt to my sons ,and helped take care of my mom while she was ill. Peace and love to Larry and the Digby family.


Dan and Sandy Fleming

October 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

Larry and family, Dan and I are so very sorry to hear the passing of Gwen. She has always been such a sweet, compassionate person and we will miss her., Dan and I want to Extend our Deepest and most Sincere Sympaty to the entire family. May You Rest In Peace Dearest Gwen from Now into Eternity .


Deborah Carl Blackwood

October 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Miss seeing her. We would run into her and chat like we hadn’t missed a day. She was a blessing doing hard times. May she fly with the angels❤❤❤


Darl and Joyce Gilliland

October 11, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Our sincerest sympathy and loving prayers to Gwen’s family. May our Heavenly Father surround you with comfort and peace during this difficult time.


Allen Chapman

October 11, 2021 at 7:59 pm

So sorry to hear of this prayers go out to the entire family! With deepest sympothy the Chapman family


Terri Hogue-Long

October 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Dear Tammy and Family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom, there are so many fond memories of her when Tammy and I were friends in Middle School. I truly thought of her as a second Mom. I know how hard the loss of a mom can be since its only been 4 years since my mom has passed as well and I will keep all of you in my prayers. I pray that God will keep you all close during this difficult time and that he will be there for you when you need him the most. I know you all have each other and that is a big blessing in itself. Just always remember grieving has no time limit. Let the memories give you comfort. Sending much love and comfort


Carman Merriam

October 12, 2021 at 4:51 am

Becky and Larry, you have my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord gives you peace and strength in the days ahead.


Penny K Baker

October 12, 2021 at 6:51 am

Some people shine brightly for forever. Gwen is like that. Friends in school, neighbors for years, Gwen’s soft, soothing voice and ways, brought comfort to many. Gwen, you will be missed.

Penny Browning Baker


Sally Dam

October 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Oh so sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing she was one of my dear friends I met through selling Avon! She always was an ANGEL and now has her wings!! Fly high my dear FRIEND!!

Sally Dam


Ken Baker

October 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm

So sorry to hear about Gwen’s passing. My thoughts are with the family.


Judy Gates Hayes

October 15, 2021 at 3:43 pm

Thinking of Gwen’s family at this time. She is a wonderful person that we were so blessed to have known. There will be no other person like Gwen.. She is so loving, kind and passionate person. Phloee will miss seeing her. She took Phloee under her wing and name herself as Grandma Gwen. She was all that and more.. Great neighbor and so blessed that she was part of our lives… We will miss you!


Gail Johnson (Russell class of 68)

October 16, 2021 at 10:29 am

I remember Gwen from school, and seeing her at the restaurant, and she always had a big smile. She will be missed.


Richard J. Hiemstra

October 16, 2021 at 6:40 pm

I would like to send my deepest condolences Gwens family ! Plz accept my sincere condolences in the passing of Gwen ! She was a true sweetheart and loved by many ! Will miss her pretty smile !


Ruby Rogers

October 16, 2021 at 7:53 pm

I knew gwen from seeing her come visit her mother in william crispe, she was always such a friendly person and always happy. I will remember her coming in and decorating her moms half christmas tree on her wall for all holidays it was so neat and special. May God comfort her family at this time .


Susan(Jerrett) &Tom Sawasky

October 23, 2021 at 11:47 am

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gwen. We were friends in HS(Otsego of 68). She always had a sweet smile. I had a great conversation with her at one of the Christian neighbors soup suppers a number of years ago. She was still the friendly Gwen I remembered. Many prayers to her family!


Sheri Cooley

October 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

My heart just broke when I read the news of Gwen’s passing. I just loved the time we spent during the Avon events when she would car pool with myself & others. And when we would help each other out on product swapping, when Avon supplies wouldn’t be available to fill an order.

Please accept my condolences & I’ll pray for your whole family now & in the days ahead


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