OBITUARY

Belva E Mayo

April 5, 1930April 3, 2018

Belva E. Mayo, age 87, passed away on Tuesday April 3, 2018 in Muskegon. She was born on April 5, 1930 to the late Earl and Nettie (Bourgeois) Crawford. Belva was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brunswick, MI. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, gardening and bird watching. Belva is survived by two daughters, Peggy Sikkenga and Brenda Mayo, three sons, Allen (Carol), Steven (Marie) and Raymond, a sister Lorraine Kuzyk, two brothers Neal and Eldon Crawford, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Douglas, a son Gary and three brothers and sisters. Per Belva’s request cremation will take place and there will be private family services at a later date.

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Brenda Mayo

April 6, 2018

Mom would have turned 88 today and is celebrating in heaven with family members.

Mom grew up in Muskegan, MI with her siblings - Carl, Pat, Loraine, Neal and Eldon. In 1949, she married my Dad, Douglas Mayo. Many years later, the priest that married them became the priest at St. Michael Church where Mom attended services and volunteered at events after we moved to Holton, MI.

In 1979, we moved to Holton where Dad built a house. We enjoyed the country life with the garden and lake close by the house. Mom loved watching the birds, especially the Hummingbirds. It was wonderful when family got together around the outdoor fire making hobo pies and s'mores. Looking back, family gatherings always involved food.

When I was 17, Mom got her drivers license, so she could attend school events, go to church, get groceries and help my brother, Gary, while Dad worked. I enjoyed seeing her in the audience during my volleyball games and concerts. She didn't really like to drive, but I think she enjoyed the independence.

I am thankful for the neighbors who help Mom when she needed it after Dad passed. She felt safe living in the house because she knew they were near. Mom was a strong, caring and independent woman who would help others when they needed her.

I will miss her smile, playing cribbage, our silly slap fights and hearing her laugh. Rest in peace, Mom.

Steve Mayo

April 5, 2018

Mom loved to bake. I will never forget the homemade cream puffs, chocolate eclairs and pies she made when we were kids. The birthday cakes were the best, even the ones that flopped. She was the greatest in so many ways. I still wear the birthstone ring my parents gave me at age 15. She has been so sad since dad left us. It comforts me to know they are together again and with all dads siblings who passed before her.

FROM THE FAMILY