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EmmaJane Ila Gavin

November 11, 1934May 13, 2020

Gavin, Emmajane (Kempker) Ila, age 85, passed away in her home surrounded by loved ones on May 13, 2020 in Fruitport Mi. Emma was born on November 11, 1934 to Gerritt and Violet (Rose) Kempker. She grew up in Cloverville, attended Beach School and graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1953. She married Daniel Howard Gavin on July 14, 1956. Emma retired from Amstore after over 40 dedicated years. Emma was preceded in death by her husband Dan, son Jim, brother Kirk, sister Diane and her parents. Emma was a charter member and past President of the Fruitport Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spending time with her family, including her 6 children: Greg (Sue) Gavin, Terri (Larry) Smith, Shelly Douglas, Bill (Donna) Gavin, Denise (Christine) Gavin, Jim Gavin; her 13 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jessica, Jason and Jolene Smith, Ben (Nique), Nate (Kelsey) and Kristen Douglas, Allyson (Jeffery) Morton, Drew (Ashley) Gavin, Amanda Gavin, Emily Gavin, Josephine and Milo Gavin, Courtney (Jeff) Cummins, Chris Ackerman; her 26 great grandchildren; and her siblings Gail (Robert) Dobyns, Sam (Linda) Kempker, Judy (Phil) DuShane, Gary (Cindy) Kempker. Emma enthusiastically supported her children and grandchildren in all their interests, be it music, art, dance, school, sports or climbing trees. She never missed a game, race, swim meet, or the opportunity to congratulate her extended family, including nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews on their accomplishments, graduations, births and weddings. She enjoyed country music concerts and dancing with Danny. She also enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, birthday celebrations, traveling and spending time with family at Big Blue Lake. Emma’s smile filled a room with warmth and her hugs filled our hearts with love. Her strength and courage will lift us always. You will be missed Mom, Grandma, Sister, Friend. A memorial service to honor the life of Emma will be held later this year at the Fruitport Eagles in Cloverville. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Emma's name to Harbor Hospice.


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Amanda Rossman

May 25, 2020

I miss you like crazy already Grandma. I just can’t believe you will not be there to pop in on whenever I want to or call whenever I need to talk or hear your voice! My heart will hurt forever but at ease because you are no longer in pain ❤️ You are the heart and soul of this family as Grandpa is our rock. We will continue to be close and strong because of the both of you! Because that is what how you showed us the love for a strong family is! So many of my family values I bring to my home I learned from my dad who learned from you guys. I am glad you are together again watching over us all. I will forever have my memories of being with you while I was little, sitting at the table late at night while you and dad braided my hair in tiny braids, watching tv on the pullout loveseat and you falling asleep on the couch, so many. The lake will never be the same but I’m so glad you taught me how to make striped delight even thou it won’t be the same! Love you forever and always in my heart Grandma ❤️

Scott Dobyns

May 23, 2020

You were my Aunt,my friend,and a star voice when I needed it.You were such an important part of my life and for that I am forever grateful. I love you Aunt Emma

Jeremy Smith

May 23, 2020

I miss you already grandma and as hard as it is I’d much rather deal with the pain then to see you in it. I love you, I miss you and I think of you often...

Shelly Douglas

May 23, 2020

Miss you so much, miss our Sunday dinners and chats. Miss taking you up to the lake. Miss getting all the family news from you whenever I visit. Miss you telling me how to make something as if I haven't been cooking for at least 45 years, but you like things done the way you do it hahaha. I miss seeing you sitting in the chair in the kitchen when I walk in the door. I miss the tv going no matter if you are watching it or not. I miss getting your groceries, and doing your other shopping. Going to your house is just not the same without you in it, it was rough when Dad wasn't there anymore now its worse. I just miss you so much!


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