Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 6, 2014

Byrnece M. White

KEWADIN — Byrnece M. White, 93, of Kewadin, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 3, 2014. She was born in Kewadin on Feb. 22, 1920, to Ralph and Ethel (Stafford) Nelson.

Byrnece attended EMU for one year before she married Robert F. White on Christmas Day in 1938.

In her free time she enjoyed gardening, teaching music and painting. She was best known for her time spent at the fruit stand at the family farm. People were always stopping by to see her.

Byrnece was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Elk Rapids and the Ladies Extension Club. She also started the hot lunch program for the Elk Rapids Schools.

Byrnece is survived by her children, Kay (Fred) Vermeersch, Virginia Gale White, Margaret (Al) Mowers and Jane (Jack) Howard; grandchildren, Mark White, Victoria Van, Christen (Scott) Korstange and Patricia (Rodney) Donaldson; great-grandchildren, Robert “Bob” White, Brittany White, Mckenzie, Chance and Tucker Donaldson, Amara and Liam Korstange; and great-great-grandchildren, Jacob DeMann and Delaney White.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert White; son, Tom White; and siblings, Ralph L. Nelson, Beula Swanson, Helen Grammel, Keith Grammel and Clark Grammel.

A funeral service will be held today, Feb. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

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