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Marshall-Gren Chapel
Friday March 13th, 2020
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Friday March 13th, 2020

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Maryon Willyard

Maryon Willyard, of Allegan, Michigan passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan at the age of 97. Maryon was born December 13, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Duncan and Maryon (O’Connor) Metcalfe. She graduated from Avalon High School, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1941. Moving with her family to Grand Rapids, Michigan in the early 1940s, she enjoyed farming and running her vegetable stand at the corner of 54th St. and Division Avenue. It was at this stand that she met her future husband, Kenneth Willyard. They had been married nearly 60 years at his passing in 2009. She and Ken lived in Wyoming, Michigan until his retirement from the Chessie System Railroad in 1982 when they moved to their home on Lake Allegan. Maryon is survived by her two sons, Terrence (Nancy) and Dennis (Sue); three grandchildren, Angela (Aaron) Shepherd, Elizabeth (Chris) Coleman, and Valerie (Dan) Kowalski. Five great grandchildren, Benjamin and Silas Shepherd, Declan Coleman, and Everett and Ethan Kowalski. A sixth great grandson is expected in May to parents Chris and Liz Coleman. Also surviving are sister-in-law Doris Edwards, brother-in-law Keith (Marilyn) Willyard, sister-in-law Jeannine (Tooge) Willyard, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her long-time cat companion, Twirlin’ Merlin. Maryon was a unique individual of many talents. An avid card player, she was passionate about playing solitaire and beating all who were gullible enough to challenge her to a game of rummy. She had a keen interest in stamp collecting and had a green thumb and was proud of her gardening skills. She made it her mission to revive forlorn plants, no matter how sad and bedraggled they appeared to onlookers. This dedication was symbolic of her persistent rooting for life’s underdogs - be they human, animal, or plant life. An excellent musician, she played her Fender guitar and Hammond B3 organ well into her 90’s. She loved blues and soul music, having an affection for rock and roll and Rolling Stone magazine – an unusual trait for someone of her generation. She did it her way for 97 years! To honor her memory, Maryon would ask us to be kind to one another and help the needy. The family wishes to thank Briarwood Assisted Living and Hospice of Holland for their loving and compassionate care. Special thanks to one-of-a-kind Hospice Nurse, Andrea. Heartfelt thanks also to Dawn Folwarski of Home Helpers. Dawn was there to lovingly assist Maryon in remaining in her lake home well into her 96th year. A private burial has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held on Friday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall Gren Chapel: 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Please direct memorial contributions to Hospice of Holland or to organizations assisting the needy.

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Memories of Maryon, who I called my childhood 2nd mom. Denny and I were always together in school and out. She was there when I needed to be patched up from multiple bee stings. We didn't care at the time, but she always had an opinion on how the country was being run and the politics of the time. You would always hear her practicing her guitar. And don't forget those baked goods we loved to devour. She'd always be there to offer me a bowl of cottage cheese which I loved, and still do. As an adult, Darcy and I were out riding the bike and stopped in to visit. Stevie Ray was jamming on the stereo. I wonder if that's where I picked up my love of blues music, from her. My condolences. We love all you guys. Rog

Roger L Meyer Mar 13 2020 8:04 AM

Great Grandma loves to garden, now gardening with God from above. She is watching us bloom and showering us with love. Although we are just young sprouts and have yet to find our way. We will soon come to know her great heritage in our lives today. Everett and Ethan

S & S Kowalski Mar 11 2020 9:53 AM

Lavender Reflections Spray was purchased for the family of Maryon Willyard.

Mar 11 2020 9:36 AM

You may not remember me, but I am Aunt Vis daughter Cheryl. How wonderful your mother had such a good life. My condolences to your whole family. Cheryl DeYoung

Cheryl DeYoung Mar 10 2020 7:54 PM

Ray & Bonnie Whaley and Family purchased the Your Light Shines for the family of Maryon Willyard.

Ray & Bonnie Whaley and Family Mar 10 2020 2:01 PM

Although I never met Maryon, Terry and Nancy spoke of her often. By the photo she was a pretty lady with a lovely smile. Terry inherited her smile. Losing a parent is so final. Remember the fun and zany times you all shared. You have my sympathies. Judy Todd Wood

judy Todd Wood Mar 9 2020 9:53 PM

My condolences to all family and friends. What a lovely tribute to Maryon. You surely captured her unique personality well. I will miss my visits with my dear friend. Dawn Folwarski, Home Helpers

Dawn Folwarski Mar 8 2020 6:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Maryon Willyard

Steve McCowen Mar 8 2020 3:46 PM

Arrive in Style was purchased for the family of Maryon Willyard.

Mar 8 2020 2:33 PM