Barbara Abrams, 86

Barbara V. Abrams, age 86, of Marcellus, MI passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her son Andrews home.
She was born May 30, 1928 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was the only child of Glen and Eva (Uchida) Van Valkenberg. She lived most of her life in Marcellus, leaving for college, and work in 1946, graduated from Western Michigan University, then moved back to Marcellus in 1953 after the death of her mother. During her years in Marcellus, she taught in the Marcellus Community Schools, served on the Village Council as clerk and trustee and served on the Hudson Memorial Building Board. She also belonged to the Home Arts Club and worked with the Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of Kalamazoo Dunes Orchid Society. Barbara wrote a weekly column for the Marcellus News for many years based on living on Main Street.
Her religious affiliations were with the Marcellus & Wakelee United Methodist Churches.
Surviving are two sons, Andrew S. (Sally) Abrams of Marcellus, Jeffrey H. (Julia) Abrams of New Mexico; five grandchildren Stephen and David Abrams, Eric, Dane and Tessa Grashuis.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus.
Memorial services will held at 2:00 P.M. April 3, 2015 at Wakelee United Methodist Church, Marcellus, MI.
Memorials may be directed to Wakelee United Methodist Church or the Marcellus Library.
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