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Delores “Dee” Groves

July 12, 1934 May 4, 2018
Delores “Dee” Groves
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Obituary for Delores “Dee” Groves

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Delores “Dee” Groves passed into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, May 4th, in Midland, with her family at her bedside.
Delores was born in Midland to Gilbert and Glatise (Letts) Merritt on July 12th, 1934. She graduated from Midland High School in 1952, then transferred to the Los Angeles office of The Dow Chemical Company. Dee returned to Midland in 1954 where she met Ken Groves on a blind date. They married 2 years later. Dee and Ken were married for 47 years, from 1956 until his death in 2003.

Dee went to college later in life to pursue her passion in art. She played the piano by ear and continued to play for the enjoyment of her family and other friends long into her illness.

Dee was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan with faith being a given in her life. She led adult Bible study for many years, was an active member of the church prayer team, and mentored many Confirmation students.

In addition to her husband, Ken, Delores was predeceased by her sister Jean Moore, her parents, and her twin brother, Dean. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Florey, of Midland.

Delores is also survived by her daughter Tamara Muir and granddaughters Courtney, Ashley, and Lara, her daughter Robbyn (Steve) Durance, and grandson, Rev. Matthew (Janessa) Durance, and great grandchildren, Hudson and Tatum, grandson, Dr. Daniel (Jennifer) Durance, and grandson Peter Durance. Also surviving is her son Dr. Kenneth (Amy) Groves, and granddaughters, Kendall, Julia, and Leah.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, on Thursday, May 10th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midland, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Joshua Parsons will officiate, with Rev. Durance assisting. A private committal service will take place at the Midland Cemetery later that day.

Memorials may be extended in Delores’ name to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the Humane Society of Midland County. Arrangements are in the care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

10

May

10:00 AM 5/10/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/10/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

St. John's Lutheran Church
505 E Carpenter St, Midland 48640 MI
US

Service

Thursday

10

May

11:00 AM 5/10/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

St. John's Lutheran Church
505 E Carpenter St, Midland 48640 MI
US

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Cemetery Final Resting Place

3220 Orchard Drive
Midland, MI 48640

3220 Orchard Drive Midland 48640 MI
US

Memorial Contribution

St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640
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