Recent Obituaries

Joan Marie (Keys) Lawrence

of Tecumseh, MI passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021. Joan was born in Detroit, MI on February 17, 1930 to Erma (Allport) and Roy Keys. When she was five, the family moved to Belleville, MI where she attended Belleville Public Schools. Joan was an accomplished singer and enjoyed singing in school theatre productions and dances, at weddings, and at her father’s Masonic Lodge. After graduating from Belleville High School in 1947, she attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a BA degree in education. While there she met her future husband, Jack Lawrence. They were married February 2, 1952 and raised their five daughters in Ypsilanti.

Joan worked as a substitute teacher, paraprofessional, and volunteer in the Ypsilanti Public Schools. She loved to play the organ and complete crossword puzzles.  Joan was a great friend to many; both young and old. Joan and Jack enjoyed playing cards and traveling with their friends. After Jack’s retirement, the couple moved from Ypsilanti to Clinton and eventually to Tecumseh.

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Christopher Lee Misner

Of Dexter, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, age 54, went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor. He was born August 4, 1966 in Garden City, Michigan, the son of David Charles & Joyce Victoria (Tate) Misner.

Chris graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer in 1984, and from Michigan State University (where he studied Political Science) in 1989. He worked for Hope Network in Jackson, Park Center in Ft. Wayne, IN, and then at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Chelsea, Behavioral Heath for the past year. Chris enjoyed baseball. He had a lively personality, and was loved by family and friends. Chris was very smart, and well educated about history and politics.

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Doris May (Lee) Sannes

of South Range, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, Pinckney, and Chelsea, age 101, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Canal View - Houghton County. She was born August 12, 1919 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the daughter of Herbert G. and Mabel (Fletcher) Lee. Doris moved to Ann Arbor in 1929 with her family. She graduated from Ann Arbor High in 1937. Her first job in those Depression years was at the Ann Arbor Public Library where she worked until 1941. She moved to a job at the U of M Main Campus where she worked as a Secretary and eventually as office supervisor in the Engineering Research Department Technical Reports office, where they prepared the Top Secret reports on the first research being conducted on atom smashing and nuclear fusion and the very first experimental bombs that were later developed into the atom bombs that were used to end World War II.

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Tiffany Joy Shurmur


of Chelsea, Michigan, age 34, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at her home. She was born July 28, 1986, in Commerce Township, the daughter of Donald Michael “Mike” & Heather Ann (Madion) Shurmur.

Tiffany graduated from Chelsea High School in 2004, and attended Washtenaw Community College. She worked as a waitress at Los Tres Amigos.

Tiffany is survived by her father, Mike of Chelsea; her son, Liam Tyler Guthrie also of Chelsea; and her brother, Jason (Liz) Shurmur of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her mother in April of 2017.

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Elizabeth Ann ”Beth” Cowen

of Ypsilanti, MI, Formerly of North Carolina & Clarkston, MI, age 67, died March 31, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI. She was born April 28, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of James H. and Barbara L. (Krem) Cowen.  Beth lived an adventurous life and had wide ranging interests and skills. In high school, she was a standout athlete and became the first woman at Clarkston to have her basketball jersey retired. She continued playing basketball and field hockey at Central Michigan University while earning a teaching degree. After graduation, Beth embarked upon a variety of careers in Michigan, California, Florida, and North Carolina, including teaching and coaching, residential construction, raising greyhounds, working in health care as a hemodialysis technician, and her favorite passion, as an artist and painter under the name Elisheva Channah. She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener, always providing amazing produce to friends and family. Beth had a strong faith in God.

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