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Vivian Delorce (Woods) Etheridge

December 15, 2023 ~ December 15, 2023

Vivian Etheridge Obituary

Vivian Delorce Etheridge, age 94 of Spring Lake, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at home. She was born on March 22, 1929, in Leachville, Arkansas to the late William and Nancy (Ballard) Woods. Delorce married James Etheridge on July 3, 1946 in Leachville. He preceded her in death on January 18, 2013, after 66 years of marriage.

Delorce and James moved from Arkansas to Michigan in 1947. She worked with her husband as Administrator and co-owner of many nursing homes in the West Michigan area, including: Sanctuary of the Shores (Shore Haven), Lamont Christian Nursing Home in Coopersville, Belding Nursing Home, Meadow Brook Nursing Home in Holland, Baywood Christian Nursing Home in Ludington, and also Sandy Shores Resort at Silver Lake. Delorce was noted for her kind caring and respect of the many people who she and her husband cared for at the home-like atmosphere in all their nursing homes.

She attended Lakeshore Baptist Church and was an active leader of the Pioneer Girls group at the church. In her younger years, Delorce was also a Girl Scout leader and member of M.A.D.D. (mothers against drunk driving).

She was a wonderful cook who loved to read, make and collect quilts, and collect dolls. Her love and joy for family and friends was remarkable in her laughter, wit, and concern for others.

Delorce will be lovingly remembered and missed by her two daughters, Rev. Sherry (David) Elliott of Philadelphia, PA, and Nancy Collins of Spring Lake, MI; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Cude; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her five sisters: Beatrice Ward, Gladis Hester, Aline (John) Holland, Mary Lee Thomason, and Virgie Poe; her brother, Jewel Woods; sisters-in-law, Faye Buck, Mary Lou Hamlett; and brothers-in-law, Roy Lee “Bud” (Patricia) Etheridge, G.W. Etheridge, and Charles Etheridge.

The Funeral Service for Delorce will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Klaassen Family Funeral Home, with Rev. Dan Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Spring Lake Township Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association-Michigan Chapter.

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December 20, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Funeral Service
December 20, 2023

12:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417


American Alzheimer's Association-(Michigan Chapter 090)
P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011
Tel: 1-800-272-3900
Web: https://www.alz.org/mglc


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