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Judy Ellen Shumaker

January 15, 1943 — February 15, 2024

Judy Ellen Shumaker

Judy Ellen Shumaker, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 15, 1943, to Larry and Mary Flegal in Mishawaka, Indiana, and spent her early years in Kalamazoo, Michigan before moving to Plainwell, Michigan in 1953.

On August 21, 1964, Judy married the love of her life, Jerry Shumaker, and together they built a beautiful life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. For their honeymoon they traveled to Cape Cod. Sadly, Judy was preceded in death by Jerry on August 5, 2021, and her father, Larry Flegal, but their spirits live on in the hearts of those who loved them.

Judy's greatest joys in life were her two sons, Mike and Mark Shumaker, whom she raised with unwavering love and dedication. She took immense pride in their accomplishments and cherished every moment spent together as a family. Judy is survived by her sons, her mother Mary Flegal, her sisters Jill Flegal, Anne Kirby, and Joni Haggard, as well as a niece and three nephews.

After graduating from Plainwell High School in 1961, she worked for several years at State Tech as a secretary. Judy also worked diligently in the Plainwell High School cafeteria for many years before retiring in 2021. Her dedication to her work and her warm, welcoming presence touched the lives of countless students and colleagues alike. 

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Judy found immense joy in simple pleasures and cherished the moments spent with her loved ones. She and Jerry enjoyed leisurely coffee outings with friends. Her graduating class would meet monthly and Judy loved catching up with everyone. She relished brief getaways to the Mackinac Bridge and the shores of Lake Michigan. She also enjoyed taking family vacations with some of her favorite places being: Colorado, New York, and North Carolina.

Judy will be remembered for her kind heart, her infectious laughter, her compassion for others, and her unwavering devotion to her family. Her legacy of love will continue to inspire all who knew her. Judy will always be remembered for her love of dogs. She was very active in her community and always participated in the school board and city council meetings. 

Though Judy may no longer be with us in person, her spirit will live on forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

Memorials made in Judy’s memory may be directed to an animal rescue organization of your choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation has taken place and a public service will be held at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080 on Friday, February 23, 2024, with a time for visiting beginning at 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dan Minor officiating.

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

The Shumaker family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881

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Past Services

Visitation

Friday, February 23, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

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Memorial Service

Friday, February 23, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

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