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Wendy Newton

Wendy Newton passed away peacefully but unexpectedly at her home October 4, 2022.  She was born May 14, 1956 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.  She was an honor student and member of the 1974 Comstock High School graduating class.  Wendy was a lifelong learner, attending college and reading books that interested her.  She was curious about how things worked, tinkering on things and figuring it out.  She enjoyed summer and didn’t mind getting a little muddy as she worked in her garden and beautified the landscaping.   Wendy was generous with her hugs, she made you feel like you had known each other forever, her hugs were full of love. She was a ray of sunshine in every room she entered.  She loved animals, especially her two cats.  She found tranquility in coloring with her favorite colored pencils and inspiration while reading her bible.   Wendy loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.   She will be missed by her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Billie Jo Cook, Chad M. Jacob and Destiny Newton Ellsworth, grandchildren, Chad Jr, Madison, Chasity, Keegan, Cole, Autumn, Dawson, Grayson and Hudson, and her siblings Brenda  Price Eggleston, Gary Lee Cunningham, John Romain, Pamela Warner Swiler and William J. Relaford.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Gwen L. Curtis and William D. Relaford, brother Ronald D. Blair and her sister Cindy Lou Relaford.

Friends may visit with Wendy’s family starting at  10:00 am on Sunday, October 23 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of her memorial service at 11:00 am.

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October 11, 2022 at 11:47 am

Destiny, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had been able to meet your mom, she sounded like a beautiful spirit. I hope in the days to come you feel her presence with you and find peace and comfort during these difficult times.


JoAnne E.

October 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

Condolences to your family. Wendy was a free spirited woman. When Destiny and I were kids we came home one day and Wendy was sitting in the kitchen sink. Destiny asked her what she was doing and she said “watching nature”. She was just looking at something beautiful to her and didn’t care if us kids thought she looked crazy.

Wendy loved her family very much and will be very missed by many .


Robin Whipple & Stormy Mezo

October 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

She was one of the Best neighbors I have ever had she was always so nice and kind to everyone Lol hen I was in hospital she took over my flowers and landscaping so I would smile when I got home I hope and pray she knew how much that meant to me and she loved to bake and make goodies for her all of her neighbors

My thoughts and prayers for family and friends



October 11, 2022 at 7:08 pm

I will have to agree about her being the best neighbor. She always let my kids walk through her yard to get off and on the bus. We were there for each other if we needed milk, sugar, or butter. Nothing was more important to her than her kids. I wasn’t around after grandkids but I am pretty confident they could do no wrong in her eyes. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.


Charles Newberry

October 11, 2022 at 9:43 pm

So sorry to hear of this. May God guide and protect the family during this most difficult time. Our families prayers are with you all.


Cynthia Allen

October 12, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Prayers to Wendy. I only knew Wendy for approx. five years but she was a good neighbor and you could count on her checking on you. She enjoyed having the grandchildren for visits. She liked having her two kitten too.

I am going to miss Wendy along with all the others here at building 630. May God protect the family and prayers to all of you.


Melissa Eldridge

October 13, 2022 at 10:29 am

I am so sorry for your loss! She was an awesome aunt to me growing up! I use to follow her everywhere & beg her to do my make up. She was such a beautiful person inside & out. Heavens gained a beautiful angel!!


Estelle ( Woodall) Mayne

October 22, 2022 at 8:11 am

My heart breaks with this news. My thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends.


Cheri bouchard

October 22, 2022 at 3:29 pm

Destiny I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It’s been a long time since we have seen you. Always loved how you and renee were besties at jeannies day care. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.


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