Charlene Mae Cole

March 29, 1941May 29, 2021

Charlene Mae (Anderson) Cole, aged 80, of Albion, MI passed away on May 29, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, MI. Charlene was born on March 29, 1941 and adopted by John and Bernice Anderson. In her high school years, Charlene’s artistic talents were recognized with many awards for her beautiful paintings. She was married to Russell Van Cole, Sr. from 1957 to 1989 with whom she had 5 children. Charlene devoted her life to God and brought joy and the love of Jesus to many, many children with her creative Sunday school teachings. Charlene earned a college degree at age 50 and worked part time at Log Cabin Animal Hospital, and Oaklawn Hospital in the medical records department until Oaklawn’s Marshall Internal & Family Medicine division hired her full time where she worked for 30 years until her death and was a well-respected and loved part of the team there. Charlene enjoyed the beauty of nature through creating garden spaces, growing flowers, and watching birds. She shared a home with her daughter Charity, and in 2007 the two opened their hearts to foster children, becoming a safe haven and loving place for those in need. Her three grandchildren Zachary, Zarianna, and Zohanna will dearly miss her in their daily lives. Charlene was selfless. Her presence was always felt in a quiet, caring way. She faced all hardships with unwavering strength and faith in Jesus. She was grateful and gracious and precious and truly modeled unconditional love. The deep impact of her open heart and loving spirit will forever be with all whose lives she touched. To quote a dear friend of the family, “Charlene Cole was one of the greatest people who ever lived.” Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, and grandson Joshua Floyd. She is survived by her children Cheryl (Stephen) Floyd, Russ (Carolee) Cole, Susan (Bill) Dow, Charity Cole, and John Cole, 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends whom she accepted as family. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM. Both will be held at the Fredonia Holiness Church at 10600 13½ Mile Road in Marshall, MI. A dinner will follow the funeral service at the B.E. Henry Building at 615 S. Marshall Ave in Marshall, MI. The family is being served by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 5, 2021


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Betsy Hitchingham

June 5, 2021

Charlene was my Sunday school teacher. She taught preK, the most impressionable years. We would toddle up and make a squiggle on a paper and she would turn it into a picture in her bible story. Then the next child would do the same and the story continued. She also had a puppet stage we loved and if we were good we would be chosen to participate in the scenes. She taught us about Jesus and his miracles and power. I will always remember her. Praying for her family.

John Cole

June 4, 2021

My mom is a wonderful person and much loved. With a selfless life and a compassionate heart. She blessed others with her presense. Smiled through her tears during hard times. Always having love to give. I miss you mom. You will always be in my heart.

Carol Damon

June 3, 2021

Charlene was a dear friend. Attended church together shared her story telling in my Sunday School class for a time. She was a Special Lady with a Big Heart and Smile. She will be greatly missed every Sunday but has joined the heavenly family waiting for us there. My sincere love and prayers to her sweet family.

Jennifer Pfaff

June 2, 2021

I worked with Charlene at MIFM and she was always such a joy. She was always so sweet and never had anything bad to say about anyone. My condolences to her family and friends. I'm so sorry for your loss.

James Maher

June 2, 2021

So sorry I am out known of state. We have known Charlene since she worked at the Log Cabin and worked with her at MIFM and OMG and found her to be always cheerful, dedicated, and helpful. But more than that she was someone who was at peace with herself, her life, and her God. I will miss her and will remember all of you in my prayers.

Penny Nash

June 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a good friend who I treasured. I loved that no matter when you could always see that special smile she wore. Her walking with the Lord was a Blessing. Our Church has lost a angel but heaven has gained her. Prayers.