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Melodie M. Grimes

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Melodie Marie Grimes, age 62, passed away with family by her side February 23, 2019.

Born May 29, 1956 in Manistique, MI to Pearl and Douglas Bennett, the 7th of eight children.  She graduated from Marlette High School, married Timothy Grimes on December 14, 1974 having two sons, Ryan and Timmy(Genevieve) and granddaughter Juniper(6 months old). Melodie loved her family immensely enjoying camping, hiking, traveling, and walking.  Kayaking and canoeing the Platte River, Jordan and Sturgeon River along with Thumb Lake and Lake Charlevoix during the moon light were some favorite areas to explore.

Melodie worked as a paraprofessional at Birmingham Public Schools and retired in 2012.  She was a member of Genesis church after being born again professing faith in Christ.  Fighting the good fight of Faith she battled ovarian cancer over 6 years with her husband by her side, they would stay at Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids 215 nights meeting new friends who suffered together, laughed together, and loved each other through the many trials and tribulations.

She is survived by her loving husband Timothy; sons Ryan and Timmy (Genevieve) Grimes; and granddaughter Juniper; siblings Rebecca Bennett Zorn, Jackie Bennett DiMambro, Toni Bennett Jakubowski, John Bennett along 26 nieces and nephews.

Melodie is preceded in death by her parent Douglas Bennett and Pearl Heric Bennett; siblings Douglas John Bennett, Charles Francis Bennett, Sherry Bennett Geister.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 401 S. Park St. Boyne City, MI

At 11:00 a.m on Friday, March 1, 2019. Family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial montributions may be made to the Hope Lodge (American Cancer Society) Peter M. Wege Guest House, 129 Jefferson Ave. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

23 comments on “Melodie M. Grimes”

  1. I will miss this beautiful and vibrant woman of God. Melodie is a wonderful example of living a God centered life. She lived her life to the fullest always giving God the Glory. She loved to dance, sing, spend time with friends and she was so full of joy. She shared the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the people she could. She didn’t want people to think she was perfect but I am at a loss as to what her flaws would be. When I moved to Boyne a few years ago, she treated me like family and I was so grateful for my relationship with Tim and Melodie. She will live on through every person she touched, her family and friends. Her life was a great and strong testimony for her Savior Jesus Christ. We should all be more like her.
    God’s blessing to all of you that read this comment.

    • Bob and Katie Bobowski

      Tim,
      Bob and I have loved the two of you from the moment we first met. We couldn’t have been more blessed to call you both friends. Melodie will always be in our hearts and we want you to know that our door is always open for you to stop by and, when we aren’t home, our phones will be on so that we can at least talk.
      You are a very special guy. You have done more than your best to take care of Mel and she was very blessed to have you by her side.
      Your family and friends, Mel’s family and friends have been a very important support team, too.
      We love you. We pray that God will give you everything that you need during this very sad time. Most importantly, that He fills your mind with the beautiful memories of a life well lived.
      Love, Bob and Katie

      • Tim & family
        You were blessed with a remarkable woman. So strong, so kind, so loveable. She was so personable, she never met a stranger. The two of you together brought into your lives so many people that will remember you both forever. I being only one, but will never forget Mel she’ll be in my heart forever. Tim has been her rock thru this long battle she fought so bravely. May God bless you all and keep you all under his comforting care through this time of such heartache. So sorry for your loss. Love to you ALL

        • Tim and family

          I”m so very sorry for your loss. Know that I’m thinking about you and what a warm person Melodie is.

          • Jo Anna Higgerson

            I am sure she went straight to heaven.
            You are in my prayers, and hope you know Our Lord is waiting to hold her in his living arms, she will be free of pain and filled with Joy.

            • Donella (Hudson) Buniack

              Tim and families,
              Melody will be missed and remembered by many. I will forever remember that smile, she could brighten a room with her smile.

              • My sympathy to Tim and all the family of Mel. She was a beautiful person both inside and outside. She will be dearly missed.

                • Ryan, Mr. Grimes, and Tim,

                  Very sorry to hear about Mrs. Grimes passing. I have fond memories of her, the great food she always had prepared, and how welcoming she always was whether in Birmingham or your home up north.

                  • Janet (Ross)Bloor

                    Sending my condolences, Melodie was such a wonderful person and I was blessed to have been her classmate. She had a smile that melted your heart.

                    • Nathan & Jennie Kimbrough

                      Tim & Family,
                      My heart breaks for the pain that each of you are going through in losing a sister, a mother, a wife, a friend, a confidant, and an all around phenomenal woman. I pray that you are all able to hold those many happy memories tight and that you can always remember the joy that Mel brought into your lives and the lives of everyone she touched. The impact of her words, her actions, and her spirit will be felt for generations to come. You guys are so loved and if there is anything that you need, please never hesitate to ask.

                      • Please accept our deepest sympathies over the loss of Melodie. We pray that God will provide the family with the strength needed to endure this difficult time.

                        • Tim,

                          It is with deepest sympathy and empathy that I send this note to you.

                          I found some solace in this excerpt from a prayer “May I remember to thank you for your Love”

                          It has helped me I hope it helps you.

                          • Tim and family, My most heartfelt condolences are being sent through tear filled eyes. Some of us must endure such pain as our Savior did. She endured with such a sweet spirit and you and your family have as well. I met Melodie after she was diagnosed and had been through some treatments. She shared with me some of the natural remedies and invited me to your home after yoga. Such hospitality! Her life is a testimony. Sending you my prayers, hugs and blessing of peace as you go through this time. Much love, Fawn

                            • Dear Grimes Family,

                              I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Grimes was such a wonderful and kind person. I have so many great memories of her, and know she was very special to everyone who knew her.

                              With deepest sympathy,
                              John Randall and Family

                              • Kelly and I are very sorry to hear of Melodie’s passing. I have such fond memories of her from the countless hours I spent at the Grimes household when Ryan and I were in high school. Melodie’s relentlessly positive attitude is an inspiration to me and all those who knew her.

                                • Pam (Schroeder) Fame

                                  There are no words to express this profound loss. Mel’s strength and love for all will never be matched. I have never met more loving people than Doug and Pearl, so it was no surprise that Mel was just the same.

                                  • Tim, what a truly remarkable person Melodie was. She enveloped everyone with her smile and loving personality . She was caring and fun and adventurous. My heart breaks for all of you as you begin this new chapter in your lives without her.

                                    • Wanda (Lundy) Stutzman

                                      So sorry to hear that Melodie had passed away. She was an awesome person. I remember meeting her when Doug and Pearl moved to East Jordan and I thought she was the most beautiful lady. She doesn’t have to fight anymore. This is not always a relief for her family but try to remember her when she was in good health. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

                                      • I didn’t know Mrs Grimmes, and I wish I could have. She has precious son, Ryan, who I love very much like s son. Love you Melodie, I will be Ryan’s mom in Christ.

                                        • Dearest Tim, Ryan, Timmy, Genevieve, Juniper and soon a new little one. Also; sisters, brother, and brothers in-law, we remember you in thoughts and prayers. Mel’s remarkable life still lives in us.
                                          She was vibrant in her walk with the Lord, her friendship a God given blessing. There are many memories of her. Her life has left a legacy of love.
                                          Her laughter extraordinary and so contagious. We remember seeing Mel and you, Tim, after her first surgery, both so hopeful. Her sneaking into Joanne’s room, where none of us were allowed to go, seeing you, Tim, and Mel serving others at Hope Lodge even when it was hard for her because of pain. You both gave so much there, and to us at Genesis. Even with Mel suffering in great pain at the end of her life here, she was brave. You, her family, showed great love and care for her. This too is remembered.
                                          My prayer is that God continues to comfort you as you walk through this valley and shadow of death, you will fear no evil, God’s word will comfort you, as he comforts us, knowing that as believers, we will see her again. God prepared a banquet table, surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days or our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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