Monday, December 15, 2008

You will be missed and Never Forgotten

April 8, 1943 - Dec. 14, 2008

UNION, Mich. -- Marie L. Bond of Union, formerly of Leroy, Ind., passed away Dec. 14, 2008.
She was born April 8, 1943, in Valparaiso, Ind., to Edwin and Mable "Mickey" (Heimer) Small. Marie married John L. Bond on Sept. 23, 1961.
She is survived by two sons, John (Judy) Bond of Edwardsburg and Tom (Opal) Bond of Middlebury, Ind.; and two daughters, Janet (David) Crane of Crown Point, Ind., and Malena (Lee) Mikel of Nappanee, Ind.
The greatest joys of Marie's life were her 14 grandchildren, Julie Crane, Nicole (Derek) Karrson, Steven Pruett, Jamie Crane, Ashley (Adam) Cornewell, Shawn (Sierra) Crane, Kevin Pruett, Amanda Peek, James Bond, Jordon Bond, Haley Bond, Noah Mikel, Molly Mikel and Mitchell Bond. Also surviving are her mother, Micky Small; three sisters, Margie (Bill) Steelman, Mary (Jim) Ford and Martha (Buzz) Scott; three great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Small, and her son, Steve Bond.
She was retired from Elkhart (Ind.) Community Schools' Even Start Program, where she inspired so many lives. Marie also was a GED examiner, where she loved seeing people complete their education. Anyone who knew Marie considered her a friend. She would (and did) put everyone else before herself. If anyone was in need, Marie was the first there to help out.
In addition to taking care of her family, Marie enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, riding her horses and fishing with John. Marie was a member of Cass County Conservation Club and the Red Hat Society. Marie was "Mom" to many. She will be incredibly missed by all who knew her.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at the funeral home. Pastor Jim Ford of Abundant Life Church of God, Danville, Ill., will officiate. Burial will be in Plum Grove Cemetery, Union.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.