2016-01-14 / Obituaries

Amelia Ames

Amelia Ames Amelia Ames Amelia Hall Ames, 82, of Cedarville, formerly of Newberry, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016, with her family by her side at her home.

She was born July 29, 1933, to Hobert and Irma (nee Burns) in Gaylord.

Mrs. Ames grew up on the family farm between Rexton and Trout Lake. During her early teen years, she moved with her family to Newberry, where she attended school. In the early 1950s, she took a job with Michigan Bell Telephone Company and worked in Ypsilanti, later transferring to the Newberry office. She moved to Lansing, where she lived for several years and began rearing her children. The family returned to Newberry in 1962, where she was employed as a central supply clerk and nurse’s aide at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. She retired from the hospital in 1979, after 15 years of service. Mrs. Ames then started her own business, Ames AFC Home, which she continued to run for 23 years, until 2002, when she retired because of health issues. She moved to Cedarville in 2002, to reside closer to her daughter, Deborah.

She was a nurturing and wonderful caregiver, her friends recall. She always welcomed people in her home, and took many under her wing. She was an excellent homemaker. Mrs. Ames was known for her potato salad and pickled beets, as well as her lemon meringue, coconut cream, and banana cream pies, and she was asked to make them for many family and social gatherings. When she moved to Cedarville, she was the chief cook and bottle washer for some of her neighbors in her apartment complex, where she resided for 12 years. She was always helping others, whether it was running errands, taking them to doctor appointments, going to senior citizen luncheons, or just going for a ride around the area. Mrs. Ames continued to care for some elderly people in the area, which was one of her greatest joys, up until she was 79 years old. The greatest joys in her life, however, were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and her many friends.

Mrs. Ames was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel, and a former member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Newberry. She was a member of the John T. Bouchard Aerie #3401 Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose.

She is survived by three daughters and their families, Deborah and Ross Beukema of Cedarville, Marlene Kempany of Lansing, and Karen and Robert Swanberg of Cement City; a son, Keith Kempany of Newberry; two granddaughters, Katelyn and Brandon Wheeler of McMillan and Emily Nelson of Newberry; two grandsons, Matthew Nelson of Holland and Thomas and Lindsey Beukema of Florence, Alabama, and two great-grandchildren, Morgan Wheeler and a baby boy expected in April. She is also survived by two sisters and their families, Alice Ream of Houghton Lake and Lois and Donn Cronk of Cedar Springs; a brother and his family, Herbert and Patricia Ames of Sault Ste. Marie; a sister-inlaw, Barbara Edgar of Newberry; a special niece and her family, Catherine and Bruce Robinson of Kent City, with whom Mrs. Ames resided from May 2014 to August 2015, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and many friends in the Cedarville, Hessel, and Newberry areas.

She was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1978; her mother, who died in 1973; her stepfather, Coral Edgar, Sr., who died in 1954; a sister, Mary Lou Snook; a brother, Coral Edgar, Jr.; a niece, Nancy Jean DePottey; a nephew, Richard Snook, and two brothers-in-law, Vincent “Bob” Snook and Corbin Ream.

A funeral mass was celebrated Monday, January 11, at noon at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel with the Reverend Father Janusz Romanek officiating. Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be at Caffey Cemetery in Epoufette this summer near her father.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Clark Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 367, Cedarville, MI 49719.

Dodson Funeral Home of St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.

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