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Obituaries September 25

GRACE ELIZABETH NICHOLS ‘BETTE’
Grace Elizabeth Nichols “Bette” 78 of Memphis passed Aug. 29, 2014. After a brave battle she died peacefully surrounded by her family. Bette was born May 18, 1936 in Jersey City, N.J. to Dennis and Edna Gaffney. She has two brothers Jimmy Gaffney and Edward Gaffney who along with her parents have preceded her in death. She has two sisters Joan McDevitt and Denise Pacilli that reside in New Jersey. Bette lived in New Jersey until 1963 at which time she moved to Memphis, where she lived and raised her family, Northern born but a Southern at heart. She was a devoted Mother of three daughters and their husbands, Deborah and Mark Doane of Cordova, Beth and Johnny Brown of Millington, Valerie and Charles Vachon of Olive Branch. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Zachary, Christopher, Matthew, Sean and Patrick Brown. Ashleigh and Brandon Phillips and Alexandra Doane all share her creativity, out going personality and above all Bette’s spiritualism. She loved nothing more than to spend time with her family. Bette often told stories of her life growing up during the Depression. Never forgetting her humble beginnings, she lived a life serving others and taught her family to do the same. Those that knew her adored her. The family will have a quiet celebration of Bette’s life and they ask that you remember her in prayer. In lieu of flowers please send any memorials to St. Jude Childrens Hospital

LORRIE BETH LEACH
Millington City Hall was closed on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. so friends, family and colleagues could attend the funeral of their friend and coworker, Lorrie Beth Leach, Millington City Clerk. Leach passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Leach, 35, of Shelby Forest, passed away Sept. 18, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born to Tommy Caldwell and the late Nancy Duggan Caldwell on May 24, 1979. Family and friends were Lorrie’s passion and first loves. Her love of fishing and the outdoors began as a young girl and continued to be a great joy that she shared with her son, AJ. Whether cheering on her beloved Grizzlies or singing her favorite song, Lorrie’s inner beauty and contagious smile were a beacon to everyone she met. Lorrie is survived by her precious son, AJ and his father, Al Leach; her father, Tommy Caldwell (Tammie); sister, Sam Caldwell Sheppard (Len); brother, Russell Caldwell (Jenna); grandmother, Vada Caldwell; and a number of other relatives and close friends including her colleagues at the city of Millington that became her second family. Lorrie’s faithfulness and endurance were an inspiration to so many. Throughout her journey, she held steadfast to her faith. Her belief and prayer was if her story could lead one unbeliever to Christ, then her battle was not in vain. Funeral services were held Sept. 22, at Munford Funeral Home, Millington Chapel. Interment was in Embury United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel 873-0123 brentwoodfuneralservices.com

YOSHIKO ISONO WITT
Yoshiko Isono Witt, 78, of Watertown, Wis., passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 16, 2014. Yoshiko Isono was born in Miyako, Japan on October 24, 1935. She was preceded in death by her parents, Yoshihiko and Fuku Isono, as well as two brothers and a sister. She is survived by her sister, Takako Ito of Miyako, Japan as well as several nieces. She attended two years of finishing school in Japan in 1956 and was a skilled seamstress.  On Dec. 10, 1959, she married Larry D. Witt in Sapporo, Japan. The couple then moved to the United States. Yoshiko had been employed as a waitress at Benihana Restaurant in Memphis,  for over 20 years. During her residencies in both Memphis and Millington, she made some life-long friends that became like family to her. She thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and bowling. Some of her most cherished times were spent with closest friends; Masame Casperson, Fujiko Toth, Chieko Jennings, Kumiko Pilgrim,Yuki Schaefer, and Bobbi Simeona . She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Witt of Watertown, WI; four children, Mark (Lisa) Witt of Huber Heights, Ohio; Angela Randolph (Randy Moulder) of Blue Springs, Mo.; Timothy (Peggy) Witt of Oak Grove, Mo., (and extended family in that area); Ken (Laura) Witt of Watertown; Five grandchildren to which  of whom all lovingly referred to her as “Baba;” Sarah and Monica Randolph, Kyle & Kara Witt and Jaxson Witt. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, please. No serviced to be held. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Lorrie Beth Leach

Lorrie Beth Leach

Yoshiko Witt

Yoshiko Witt

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