Reyers North Valley Chapel

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Mildred Root Singelyn

April 15, 1927July 22, 2020

Our beloved Mildred Root Singelyn passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, July 22, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Mildred was born on April 15, 1927, in Morinus, Ontario, Canada.

She lived a wonderful life… learning to skate by wearing her snow boots inside of her brother’s skates and being pushed onto the lake. Dancing to big bands in Bala - her jitterbug and clogging are legendary. Mildred’s interests and talents were wide-ranging, and she lived life with love and enthusiasm. She loved a good debate, listening to jazz and swing music, attending hockey games, and saw beauty in the ordinary.

Mildred traveled the world, was an accomplished artist, loved to read and learn. She was a Master Gardener, enjoyed cooking, and especially loved entertaining. She always had a pot of something on the stove in case someone stopped by.

Mildred was an active member of service clubs, garden clubs, book clubs, curling clubs, church groups, and volunteered at local art galleries, museums, and art fairs.

Most of all, Mildred cherished her family.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Ellen (Gonneau) Ferguson, her brothers Albert and Earl (Kay) Ferguson, son John Root, stepdaughter Mary Zeppelin, niece Mary Ellen Ferguson, grandsons Jack Bernethy and Khalil Williamson, and husbands Jack Root and Robert Singelyn.

Mildred is survived by her children and stepchildren: Deborah Jones, Judith Root, Marcia Root (Tim Katz), Robert (Diane) Singelyn, Virginia Singelyn, William Singelyn, Jean (Tony) Williamson and Jamie (Katie) Singelyn. Mildred is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Joseph (Andi) Bernethy, Scott (Amber, Molly, Henry) Jones, Ellen Jones (Preston Ballou), Josh Root, Julia Root, Lauren Hague (Adam, Ari Szlamkowicz, Alex Ferrao), Samantha (Alex, Jacob, Jolie) Keesling, Jason (Diane, Hayley, Terryn, Alexaundria) Hague, Bryan (Krysta, Kyle, Dylan) Singelyn, Bradley (Alyssa) Singelyn, Leanne Ma (Jacob Smith), Charity Williamson, Asiyah Williamson, Jamil Williamson (Ruth Vega), Cassidie Singelyn, Emilie Singelyn, Jack Michael Bernethy, Andrew Singelyn, Anthony Williamson, Ella Williamson and Elija Williamson.

Mildred had a special place in her heart for her much loved Canadian nieces and nephews and their families: Margaret (Cuyler) Conway, Garry (Marnie) Ferguson, William (Donna) Ferguson, and Peter (Cheryl) Ferguson.

A Family Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020, 12:00 p.m., Oakhurst Cemetery, Peterson Road, Whitehall, Michigan 49461. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Emmanuel Hospice of Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Diane Singelyn

July 31, 2020

My greatest memories are taking our kids to the house on White Lake going on their boat Kernel Tuffy and running down the sand dunes into Lake Michigan. When they moved very close to us in Waterford
( literally a block away) we would have dinner and play Euchre either at their house or ours 2 to 3 times a week and go on the boat. with of course a cocktail . Will miss her Smile and her Spunky personally. Enjoy being with Dad , John Jack. Mary and Katie . Love You to the Moon & Beyond ❤️😘❤️. RIP


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