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Life Story / Obituary
Eva Deloris DeHollander (also known as Dee) passed away Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. She was born on October 10, 1927 in Naylor, Missouri to parents Veda (Thompson) Griffin and Warren Griffin and was the oldest of eight children. The family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1944 where she graduated from American Beauty College in 1945.
On a blind date arranged by her now sister-in-law Pauline (DeHollander) Haas, now deceased, she met Richard E. DeHollander. They were married September 5,1947. They had three daughters.
Preceding in death are her husband of 46 years Richard E. DeHollander, sister Juanita Merril of Gobles, MI and brother, Warren Griffin of Rockford, IL.
She is survived by siblings Lil M. Barnes, Aubrey Griffin, Terril Griffin (Wanda), Fern Teachout and Lillian Griffin. Also surviving are her daughters Linda (James) Peterson, Pamela (Scott) Dergins and Sandra (Philip) Kraushaar. Her grandchildren are: Amy (Karl) Deschaine, Michael Peterson, Adam (Amy) Peterson, Kerry Jo (Jonathan) Duty, Megan Kraushaar, Rachel Kraushaar, Carley Dergins and Alexander (Sarah) Dergins. Great grandchildren include: Jakob Berg, Derek Deschaine, Kevin Deschaine, Joshua Duty, Madison Duty, Evan Peterson, Isaac Peterson and Oliver Peterson.
She owned a hair salon in Galesburg, Michigan, worked at Gilmores Salon for 17 years and the Kalamazoo Center Salon for 7 years. When she retired, she became an avid cook, organizing congregational dinners for the Methodist church of Plainwell. She is known for her award-winning pies and, of course, the wonderful cinnamon rolls.
She was active in the Royal Estates community, the Lioness Club and volunteered for soup kitchens and wherever she was needed. One of the last things she did was knit over 240 hats for needy children and adults.
On August 12, 2017 a celebration was held to honor her nearly 90th birthday. It was attended by her family including grandchildren and great grandchildren. Guests traveled from five states to join the celebration. She enjoyed seeing everyone, some she hadn't seen for some time. She felt their love and they saw her joy. She will be missed by all.
Visit with her family and friends on Saturday, August 26 from 1:00 to 2:00 at the Plainwell United Methodist Church; 200 Park St. (269 685-5113). A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the same location. Memorial Donations can be made to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.