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Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society
Wednesday July 8th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society
Wednesday July 8th, 2020

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Jean Heath

Jean Heath, of Portage, passed away on July 3, 2020 at the age of 73. Jean was born on November 8, 1946 to her parents, Elbert (Jean) Herbert and Lillie Kirk of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jean was a professional and worked hard her entire life, balancing her home life and her career with excellence and always ensuring her family they were deeply loved and cherished. She was a highly intelligent woman, even graduating as valedictorian of her high school class. Jean was very well rounded throughout her life, Jean enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband, Dawayne, designing and decorating her home, sporting the most recent fashion trends, and cooking and baking just to name a few. Always a homemaker, wife and mother first, when cooking, Jean experimented with various recipes and discovered tasty treats to share with family. She was a beautiful woman with impeccable taste. She loved to shop and visit garage sales. She would find the gaudiest jewelry and somehow it would end up looking phenomenal on her. Jean loved to travel, go boating, camping and being around water. She and the love of her life, Dawayne, had been married for 53 years. Dawayne will always remember her as his “peach blossom plum pit”. Jean and Dawayne spent 53 loving years ballroom dancing and reminding one another, “I love you more today than yesterday, but less than tomorrow.” Jean is survived by her husband Dawayne; two children Lisa (Tim) Eller and Kevin (Melissa) Heath; five grandchildren Brittni, Brock and Bryce Eller, Kourtnee and Mikayla Heath; two sisters Joan Kelley and Kay Rooney, sister in law Beverly Anson and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters Patricia Eikmeier and Cindy Workman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association. While visiting Jean’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 or call 269-344-5600.

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Sorry to hear about your loss .heart felt wish go out to your family . With love Albert Welch Of Constantine Mi 269-419-6923.

Albert Welch Apr 21 2021 10:20 AM

I share your loss. Fondest of memories of interactions growing up with Jean will always be in my mind, as she was a wonderful, kind and loving cousin. A person one could count on in any situation. Jean, you will be an asset to Heaven. Bless you for ever.

MICHAEL SAGE Jul 8 2020 8:58 AM

Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Jean Heath.

Jul 6 2020 4:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Heath

Diane Lunt Jul 6 2020 11:47 AM

Gods blessing of hope and love for the entire Heath family. I loved sharing stories with aunt Jean and uncle Wayner which was filled mostly with laughter and joy. Aunt Jean loved talking about her children and grandchildren with much pride and delight. Love you all in fond remembrance of Aunt Jean. - Davie (prayers from the Anson family)

David Anson Jul 6 2020 8:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Heath

Alyce Hoffman Jul 5 2020 6:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Heath

Sandy Fleming Jul 5 2020 1:57 PM

This picture of Jean, Joan and I was taken at our Grandmother Herbert's apartment in Plainwell in August, 1951. Rest in peace dear cousin. Michael Herbert

Michael Herbert Jul 5 2020 12:18 PM

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Michael Herbert Jul 5 2020 12:15 PM

Aunt Jean always made me laugh! I have so many fond memories! Ill never forget the day after Christmas years ago when she, my mom, and I went shopping and I ended up buried in the back seat! She kept saying Law-rie, are you okay back there? I had a little peephole to look through because I had her bench across me! I cherish all the phone calls with her and uncle Dawayne! I miss you, Aunt Jean!

Lori Koutny Jul 5 2020 11:46 AM

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