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We want to remember the lives of people close to the Ecumenical Senior Center.  We apologize in advance for anyone we may have omitted.  


January through June 2024


           Cecil Lorraine (Lo) Sims

           Ms. Evon James

January through June 2023 

          James Willis, Sr. 

July through December 2023 

          Jesse Tarver

          Edna Carlson (ESC Founder)

          Juanesta Irvine (Winnie) 

          Kerry Hill (Long-time ESC Volunteer)

          Gracie Harris 

          Delroy Clark

          Wanda B. Seals 

          Jeanne Buford

          Ruthie Walker (Long-time board member)

          Allamay Anderson (Long-time board member)

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March 2022

Celebrating the life of one of our Ecumenical Senior Center family.  We will miss Pat (Patricia) Jennings. 

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Elder Nathaniel Wimbley Myers Smith Obituary

We are sad to announce that on February 24, 2020 we had to say goodbye to Elder Nathaniel Wimbley Myers Smith (Kalamazoo, Michigan), born in Mobile, Alabama.

Elder Nathaniel graduated from Mattie T. Blount High School in 1961 and joined the US Air Force where he served for 27 years, retiring on January 1, 1988 as a Vietnam Veteran – Master Sergeant.  He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1989.  He then worked for Michigan Department of Social Services. 

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On August 24, 1969, Elder married his “Good Thing” Mother Margaret Smith and to this union two sons were born.  They renewed their 50th wedding vows to celebrate their life-long reunion. His favorite saying was “I’m Blessed By The Best” and Psalms 133 was his favorite scripture. 

Many seniors referred to Elder as “Pastor” but most of all he loved the Outreach Ministry, where he shared the love of GOD faithfully.  Elder volunteered at the Christian Resource Center and the Ecumenical Senior Center. 

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Ms. Jackie - ESC's Bingo Lady


The Ecumenical Senior Center lost a hero and champion this week in the passing of Jackie Wallace. 


Jackie has been volunteering at the center as our Friday, Grocery Bingo caller for many years and she brought joy to many lives. 


She was loved and she will be missed.  May you rest in peace and we will keep your family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.  

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Moses Lee Walker 


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August 5, 2019


In Memory of Dr. Denise Washington

From the obituary by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service:  

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Dr. Denise Michelle Washington, age 65, of Battle Creek, MI, announced the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, sister, friend and church member on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, MI.  She was born April 23, 1954 in Battle Creek, MI the daughter of Bruce Wilbur Kerley and Allie Marie (McFall) later known as Alice Kerley.  

Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Thursday, August 15, 2019 where the family will be present from 3-6 p.m. 

Funeral services commemorating her life will be on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God, 800 South 24th Street in Battle Creek.  

Burial will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI with military honors.  


February 21, 2019

A devoted member of the Ecumenical Senior Center for over 10 years, Ms. Key served not only as a diligent and consistent receptionist but also a daily prayer warrior. Ms. Key would make sure each day started with prayer.  During special times of need or illness she could be called upon to add the needed prayer for healing and safety.

Ms. Key was also a staple in the yearly fashion show. As a fashion icon, she would make sure her outfit out shined them all. Ms. Key would roll down the aisle will grace and style only she could exhibit.

During the later years as her health declined, she would make sure to send well wishes to the center on a regular basis. When she could, she would make short special guest appearances to make sure she was remembered. 

We will remember her smile, her wit, her compassion and most of all her spirit. With our deepest sympathy, we wish the family well during this time of grief.  You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.  


Ms. Key will be remembered as a vital part of the history at the Ecumenical Senior Center.

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