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Lillie Irma Jean Harwood

October 27, 1925 October 24, 2010
Lillie Irma Jean Harwood
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Lillie Irma Jean (Wolfe-Alongi) Harwood of Lapeer, Michigan passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010, 3 days shy of her 85th birthday. She was born on October 27, 1925 in Chillicothe, Ohio to parents, Elmer Verdell Wolfe and Amanda Jane Chilcoat. She had 5 siblings; Viola Wadasz of Hamtramck, MI; and Marguerite Elizabeth Davis, Isabel Wolfe and Dorothy Brown of Ohio and Helen Mitchell of Florida. She had 12 children, 31 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She always cared for at least 1 cat in her home which she raised from newborn to “old” age. She believed “Cats are People Too!” Her cat enjoyed having oatmeal with her every morning. She leaves a value of family togetherness and caring and supporting each other in all endeavors. She hosted birthday parties in her home for her family and cooked family dinners for many years on holidays and special occasions. She valued being present when any child/grandchild was (including but Not Limited to) receiving an award, graduating from Kindergarten, High School or performing on a stage, playing in a band, singing in a choir or playing in a sports event and Many more events.

She also loved taking family photographs and kept photo albums organized by dates. Her walls and shelves were covered with pictures of her children and grandchildren. When living in Detroit, MI while her children were young she was an active volunteer Brownie Girl Scout Leader for almost 10 years. As her children entered the teenage years, she continued to support them by teaching them to drive, helping pick out clothes for prom, and returning to school to learn the “new math” in the early 70’s in order to continue to help with school work. Her children/grandchildren could always depend on her in a moments notice for any kind of support (including but not limited to), financial, spiritual, environmental or legal situations.

She was an intelligent woman and worked her entire life, retiring from the work force from Meijers in Oxford, MI at 80 years young in 2006. She began working there when the store opened in 2001. Her employment history included working on the Detroit City Police Force many years ago. She spent many years waitressing in restaurants/dining rooms and later in retail as a cashier in both department and grocery stores. She was employed at Mantex Corporation in Oxford, MI for 15 years from 1972 until 1987. In her “spare time” she enjoyed helping her good friend Joann Adkins sell Avon. Irma lived in the Oakland County area for the past 40 years. She was very much liked by her customers as a cashier and many knew her name and would stop and speak with her where ever they seen her, even though she had not worked in that field in many years. She leaves her children the work ethic value. She believed in sharing everything with everyone, whether it was food, shelter, kindness, money, love, clothes, and the list goes on and on.

She did not appreciate gossip and taught “If you dont have anything nice to say about anyone, then dont say anything at all!” She would not like all the “mushy” stuff said about her, and would tell us all to get on with life, get back to work, take care of our children and support each other. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 2 husbands, 2 son-in-laws and one grandson. Her surviving children are Charles Alongi of Texas, Linda (Alongi) of St. Clair, Sharon Swoish, Nancy Welch, Kathleen Kottke, Cynthia Harwood, Susanne Brown, Kelleen Swain (all residing in Michigan) and Irma Rams of Portland, Oregon. She also leaves many grandchildren, extended family and many friends.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Bossardet Chapel 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 1 PM. Friends may visit Wednesday from 10 AM until time of service. Interment North Oxford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.


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