Recent Obituaries

Margaret Claire (Walborn) Cousins


Margaret passed away at the age of 92 in her home in Chelsea, Michigan on Jan. 18, 2021 surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer. She was born on July 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Harold Carleton Walborn and Thelma Louise (Poch) Walborn. Margaret was much loved by her family and known for her great laugh, her sense of humor and her generosity. She was very creative and always encouraged anyone with artistic talents. Margaret loved decorating, oil painting, sewing and travel, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was proud of her heritage as a direct descendent of Governor Winslow of the original colonies as well as her German ancestry on her mother’s side. 

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Eleanor Ann Hiner

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Farmington Hills, age 86, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born August 27, 1934 in Warsaw, Indiana, the daughter of Edward and Ella (Dye) Hanley.  Ann was a member of the Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills where she actively volunteered in many capacities.

Ann had been married to Dewarld Dewaine “Bill” Hiner for 61 years, when he preceded her in death less than a month ago on Dec. 29. 2020.  She is survived by one son, James Hiner (Melissa) of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Margaret Hunt and Robert Hiner; one brother, Bill Hanley (Helen) of Birmingham, Alabama; and one sister, Peggy Hodak (Jerry) of East Lansing; . She was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Hiner of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Laura Sue Denton

Of Dexter, MI, Age 62, passed away peacefully and calm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at her home in Dexter after several fun-filled days with family and friends. She had struggled with diabetes since age nine and throughout it all she was always a trooper and never complained.

Laura was born April 29, 1958, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Paul Gene & Betty Mae Denton. She graduated from Dexter High in 1976. She worked at Lyndon Color Labs on Huron River Dr. in Dexter. Laura loved shopping anywhere and everywhere. She loved dancing at Suds Factory, City Limits, Weber’s, and the Jackson Road Logging Company, just to name a few. Laura genuinely enjoyed talking and interacting with whomever she encountered. She was the social butterfly at Dialysis for the past 12 years where she lifted spirits, lit up the room and got everyone chatting- they loved her deeply.

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Mary Louise Rettig

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Dexter, age 88, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her home in the Pines. She was born June 2, 1932 in Waterloo Township, the daughter of Homer Edward & Lela May (Green) Parks.  Mary graduated  from Stockbridge High School in 1950. She was a bookkeeper at Ann Arbor Bank, Argus Camera, Ann Arbor Circuits and Bookcrafters in Chelsea. Mary was a member at St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Dexter since 1966, where she taught Sunday School. Mary and Alvin enjoyed bowling at Dexter Bowling Alley and Belmark, and also enjoyed square dancing. She was an avid card player.
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Betty Sue Leeman

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 76, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her home with her family at her side, after a decade-long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. She was born December 18, 1944 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, the daughter of Wilbert & Grace Viola (Johnston) Gates. Betty graduated from Wynnewood High School in 1962. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing in 1965. Betty then went on to graduate from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in Texas as a flight nurse, and she served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

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