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Reigle Funeral Home/Sunset Chapel

5501 West Pierson Road, Flushing, MI

OBITUARY

Iola Marie Childers

August 14, 1928February 22, 2020
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CHILDERS, Iola Marie age 91 passed away on Saturday February 22, 2020 surrounded by her family at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, Michigan. A memorial visitation will be held at Reigle Funeral Home, 5501 West Pierson Road, Flushing, Michigan on Sunday, March 1, 2020 starting at 10am with a Memorial Service to follow at 11am. Pastor Bill Jentzen will be officiating. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Iola will be inurned at Great Lakes National Cemetery along with her beloved husband Bob at a later date.

Iola was born on August 14, 1928 to late parents, John and Marie (Holdorph) Thompson. One of her earliest ambitions in life was to become and airline stewardess, but rather than taking to the skies, she found her calling as a loving wife to Bob Childers and mother to five children and later as a bank teller at Chemical Bank in Clare. She retired in 1988 after 20 years of helping her customers with their banking and taking pride in doing a job well done.

Iola enjoyed a good game of golf and one of her fondest memories was getting a hole in one the first year of playing golf. She walked the Mackinaw Bridge every Labor Day for 30 years. She loved wintering in Texas, playing pool and going on a Hawaiian Cruise with her soul mate Joe McKellar. Iola enjoyed shooting pool and playing cards with her friends at Cedarwood apartments, traveling out west to see her family, weekends at Higgins Lake at her sister Dixie’s cottage and estate sales on Saturday afternoons with her daughter Teresa.

Iola is survived by her children: Catherine (Ron) Eckert, Teresa (Bill Ude) Childers, Gary (Hollie) Childers, John (Bobby) Childers; grandchildren: Aaron (Marisa) Childers, Trisha Childers, Jennifer Childers, Joshua (Carissa) Heiss, Seth(Becky) Heiss, Daniel Heiss, Michael (Brittany) Childers, Julie Childers and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; daughter, Brenda Childers and granddaughters Brenda Heiss and Claire Heiss.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 1, 2020

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Jeanne Moore

February 29, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to Iola’s families! My fondest memories of Iola are of time spent with her and her “soul mate” Joe in Hidden Valley Ranch in Mission, TX. They so loved playing golf and dancing together. We had many fun conversations with them over dinners or just drop bys. Iola was a special lady and a good friend!

Barry Valko

February 28, 2020

We will miss Aunt Iola's smile and hugs each time we got together. A lot of love and happiness in the Thompson Family.

Love always ,
Barry, Laurie, Jane and Matthew

Aaron Childers

February 26, 2020

Kathy Summerfield

February 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss: Cathy, Seth and family, Josh and family, and Daniel. May God bless you all with precious memories, comfort, peace, Love, and faith. May he guide you through the sadness, laughter, and cherished memories. Love, hugs, and prayers to you all.

Denise and Matt McKellar

February 25, 2020

We will always remember Iola for her cheery disposition and all the love she showed us when we would visit. She was good to our Dad and he loved her. She was at her happiest cooking up a big meal for everyone when we all got together at Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers. We're sorry for your loss and send our condolences as I dont think we can make the services.

Mike Childers

February 25, 2020

Christine Borza

February 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Iola was a sweet and wonderful woman. She and my grandpa had so many good times together. She was loved beyond measure.

Jean Marks

February 24, 2020

Teresa...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You shared many of your adventures with your wonderful mother. May she rest in peace.

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