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Arliss Jeanne Mendham

May 30, 1924 — January 6, 2024

Portage, MI

Arliss Jeanne Mendham

Arliss Jeanne Mendham, age 99, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2024. She was born May 30, 1924 in Kalamazoo MI to Leon & Wilma Alman of Delton MI. 

She graduated in 1942 from Portage High School. She married Owen J. Mendham. February 21,1943. She was a homemaker, loved flowers & gardening. Spent most of her time raising her 5 children. 

In the year of 1963 Arliss and her husband Jim built the West Lake Drive-In and worked there for 25 years before retiring and passing the business to their son Jeff in 1989. Jeff owned and operated the West Lake Drive-In until 2013. The couple settled down in Newaygo, MI for their golden years.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jim, Son James, daughter-in-law Gloria Caswell. Son-in-laws Frank Sabia & David Brown, grandson David Mendham and Great Granddaughter Kaylee Mendham.

Arliss is survived by her children: Barbara, Bonnie, Nancy & Jeff; her grandchildren: Dan, (Aimee) Mendham, Julie (Mike) Arnold, Thomas (Alisha)Mendham, Mike (Nicole) Brown, Jason (Rachael) Mendham, Scott(Jennifer) Brown; and many great grandchildren.

In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation has taken place and no public services will be held.

While at please take time to sign Arliss’s guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Mendham family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 129 South Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.

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