Jean Thrams, 85

R. Jean Thrams, a loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend left to be with those she has missed. Her journey with God came on Oct. 18, 2010, due to complications from surgery.

Her journey in life began Dec. 3, 1924, a daughter of Cleon L. and Edith (Metzler) Robbins. She spent her growing up years on a farm on Fawn River Road where she was born in Fawn River Township.

She attended and graduated from school in Brighton, Ind. Soon after high school, she met Lloyd A. Thrams and they married in the LaGrange Methodist parsonage in LaGrange on March 23, 1945. They were married for 53 years before his passing in February 1998.

Together they raised three children, Doug (Janet) Thrams of Burr Oak, Joanne (Bob) Yerrick of Burr Oak and Daryl (Linda) Thrams of Sturgis.

She was a wife, mother, homemaker and friend.

Her children survive, along with eight grandchildren, Rusty (Nikki) Sword of Sturgis, Rick Sword of Los Angeles, Jolene (Tom) Sikorski of Bronson, Jason (Balinda) Thrams of Nappanee, Ind., and Jolene Wyatt, Jeremy Stabler, Janell (Keith) Miller, Nicole (Chuck) Bailey and Nathan Thrams, all of Sturgis; great-grandchildren Lance and Logan Wyatt, and Kaitlin and Kolvin Miller, all of Sturgis, Makayla and Kelcy Sikorski of Bronson, Kristyna and Douglas Thrams of Nappanee., Miley Thrams and Damien Michael (Due to arrive Nov. 5), Micah Bailey, McKenna Featherstone and Rylee Sword, all of Sturgis.; a brother-in-law, Earl Thrams of Colon; sister-in-law Doris Robbins of Sherwood; sister-in-law Dorthea Robbins of Sturgis; brother-in-law Herb Haskins of Sturgis; many nieces and nephews; special family John and Elizabeth Neuenschwander, their children and grandchildren; and Ron and Kay Steppen of Knoxville, Tenn.

Preceding her in death, along with her husband, Lloyd were two sisters, Margaret Haskins and Mildred (Nelt) Milliman; two brothers, Robert Robbins and Harold Robbins; her parents; and other special friends and family.

She was a member and attended the Burr Oak United Methodist Church in Burr Oak, where she was very active. She also enjoyed playing cards with her dear friends at the Burr Oak Township Hall and going to dinner at the Neuenschwanders and out to dinner with her friend Lovada.

The family will receive friends and relatives from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Burr Oak United Methodist Church, 206 W. Main St., Burr Oak. Funeral services celebrating the life of R. Jean Thrams will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church with The Rev. Donald Graham, officiating. Interment will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be directed to the Burr Oak United Methodist Church or the Burr Oak Foundation, 31162 Maystead Road, Burr Oak, MI 49030.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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