Born On: April 16, 1964

Passed On: September 16, 2020

Marie Elizabeth Willett

Marie Elizabeth Willett (King, Brown) age 56, passed away September 16, 2020 from a battle with cirrhosis.  Marie was born April 16, 1964 in Detroit, MI. Marie is survived by her 8 children (Lea Markowski (King), Ryan, Drew, Nicholas, Savannah & Autumn Brown, Emily Hickerson (Brown) & Madison Willett-Holman) and 9 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother Gloria Banks (Dearing) and stepfather Jerry Banks of Oxford, MI.  She is survived by her father, William (Pamela) Willett of Newaygo, MI.  Marie was the oldest of 5 children, and is survived by her siblings: Wayne Willett, Natalie Johnson (Willett), Harmony Willett, and Troy Willett as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

Marie grew up in Ferndale, MI and is a 1982 graduate of Ferndale High School.  She recalled many fond memories of the Detroit Zoo. She spent time working in the Flint and Saginaw area, and would return to Metamora for many years after on annual camping trips.  Summers in her youth were spent on her grandparents’ property in Croton, MI, where Marie learned to hunt and fish.

Many of her children were born and raised in Joliet, IL, where Marie was known by friends for winning awards in several National Dart Championships.  After 10 years, she moved back to Michigan to reconnect with family. Marie enjoyed watching football as a never-give up Lions fan. Rivalries with the Bears were a favorite joke amongst her and her sons.

Marie graduated from Muskegon Community College and worked for many years at Arconic of Whitehall in Quality Assurance/Final finish. She took a lot of pride in her work and enjoyed the friends she made there.

She enjoyed beach days and fishing, and a good crime drama. Her macaroni salad and deviled eggs were holiday treats. She played cards and liked to go out for a night of dancing. She liked watching old movies with her daughters, Norman Rockwell, and Shirley Temple, much like her mother.

Marie often joined the family hunting camp. She was a good shot and pioneered using the pickup truck to collect deer up the steep ravine, so she and her sister didn’t have to ask the boys for help. Family gatherings for holidays and reunions brought her joy, seeing everyone together.

Marie had a warm smile and was a good listener, she maintained friendships from all the places she lived and worked. She was determined and strong in the face of many hard times. She ensured her children and siblings knew they could make it through, and this too shall pass.

A Visitation will be held for Marie on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 12 Noon to 2:00 PM at Shoreline Memorial Services of Whitehall, 816 S. Mears Ave. A Graveside Service will follow at Laketon Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Harbor Hospice in her name, who offered support and comfort to Marie and her family, are appreciated.


Shoreline Memorial Services Ph. 231-722-5050



Visitation Information

Shoreline Memorial Services--Whitehall Chapel
816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, Michigan 49461

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Graveside Service Information

Laketon Township Cemetery
Horton Road in North Muskegon, MI
, 49445

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 02:30 PM

5 thoughts on “Marie Elizabeth Willett

  1. Julie Darling Burak

    You will always be the best friend, sister anyone could ever ask for. Our memories of laughter, tears, joy, secrets with each other,our friends&our loved ones will remain forever with us. I will miss you every minute of everyday Marie. You made this world a better place that’s for sure. I know God has you wrapped in his arms&heaven has a new Beautiful Angel. Love you now&forever ❌❤❌❤

    1. JulieDarling Burak

      All our love& prayers to the willett family. May you have comfort& peace. Love you forever 💜🙏💜🙏💜

  2. Michelle Willett

    To the Willett Family,
    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
    Hugs and kisses to you all!
    Love from your West Coast family, Paul, Michelle and Stephanie Willett

  3. Ann Dearing

    To Marie’s Family:
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my 2nd cousin on my Dearing family. Just remember this: Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it’s one day further from the last time you saw each other, it’s one day closer to the next time you will. Take Care my family. Cuz, Ann Dearing


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