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Marie Burrell (Booker)

June 29th, 1932 - July 24th, 2018

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In Loving Memory:
   Marie Antoinette Burrell was born on June 29, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the fifth child born to the union of Saint Clair and Idonia Booker. Her parents, along with her sister Alice LaVergne and her brothers Ira Carl and Paul Verdane, proceeded her in death.
   Marie was affectionately known to her parents and close friends as “Pita Ree”. She received her education at Copernicus Elementary and Lindbloom High School. For 81 years, she was a lifelong sister and friend to Gwendolyn Glen.
   Marie was employed for over 44 years of her life at the following companies: Allied Electronics, World Book Encyclopedia as a top salesperson and Ryerson Steel where she retired in 1994. She returned to work as an assistant at Liz’s Quality Daycare.
   Marie received the Holy Ghost in October 1979 after announcing to her daughter Kathy “I am going to noon day prayer to get the Holy Ghost”.  Over her life, Marie has been a member of several Apostolic Faith churches where she served the Lord in many ministries as a very dedicated member to her faith. The joy of her life was her children, grandchildren and of course, those great grands.
   She leaves to remember her life of love, her children: Dwayne, Eric (Denise), Kathy and five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two brothers, one sister and a host of precious relatives and friends.

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Doris Ellison (Wills)

March 29th, 1928 - December 21st, 2018

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Doris J. Ellison who was born in Middletown, Ohio on March 29, 1928. She married the love of her life, Erven E. Ellison, SR who preceded her in death. There were four children born to this union, the twins Erven Jr. and Ervette, Marguerite better known as Margie and Robert. Doris was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for over 75 years, working in many ministries. She and her husband traveled extensively during their marriage.  Doris was called home by her Heavenly Father on December 21, 2018.

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Melvin Piper

June 4th, 1926 - June 1st, 2019

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Melvin Jerome Piper, Sr. first greeted the world on June 4, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the youngest of the three sons born to Lionel H. Piper, Sr. and Marguerite (Simms) Piper. The family moved to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, where they joined the rest of the Simms Family. This gave him the opportunity to be raised with all of his cousins, especially, his cousin/brother, Robert “Rabbit” McCommon. Melvin and Nedra had a blended family of his, mine and ours. After serving in the war, he married Clara Johnson. Years later he met Nedra L. (Wilson) Dargans and they were married for 54 years. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for over 40 years. He and Nedra were avid travelers along with his cousins. After retirement he got a job working at a pawn shop, and he loved it. His family was his heart, he loved spending time with them especially playing the family game of “Bonanza Rummy”. Melvin was an avid reader of novels and keeping abreast of current events. He also loved to ride motor-cycles in his younger years. On June 1, 2019 the Good Lord called Melvin home and he left behind his wife, three children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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