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Clarice Wilma "Claire" (Bouwsema) Wilson

September 23, 1946 ~ August 10, 2019 (age 72)


     Clarice Wilma “Claire” Wilson, age 72, of Ithaca, MI, passed into the arms of her Savior on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family.

     Funeral Services celebrating her life and faith will be held at Edgewood Church of God, Ithaca, MI on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Dave Perry and Pastor John Davey officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI and again on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

     Claire was born in Middelstum, Groningen, Netherlands on September 23, 1946, the daughter of Willem and Marie (Brouwer) Bouwsema. Her family moved to the United States in 1951. Claire graduated from Grand Rapids Christian School with the class of 1964. On February 10, 1967, Claire married John Wilson at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed in Grand Rapids, MI. They were blessed with 52 years of marriage and 3 children.

     Claire had a sign that read "Come as a stranger and leave as a friend" and no truer words were spoken about her. She loved people and enjoyed the friends made during her 25 years working at the Middleton Diner. She always saw the positive in people and made friends everywhere she went. Claire treasured her quilts and country collectables adding to her collection at every opportunity.

     Claire was John's sweetheart and best friend for over 52 years! She was an incredible mother and "Mimi." Her family meant everything to her!

     Claire is survived by her husband John Wilson of Ithaca, MI; 3 children: Richard (Tammy) Wilson of St. Johns, MI; Debbie (Lee) Evans of Merrill, MI; Julie (David) Canfield of Lansing, MI; 6 grandchildren: Caden Wilson, Chiara Wilson, Eli Evans, Ian Evans, Stella Canfield, and Ruby Canfield; and sister Ann (Don) Huisman. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Willem "Bill" Bouwsema.

      Memorials may be made to Pardee Cancer Fund of Gratiot County 315 E. Warwick Dr. Suite C Alma, MI 48801. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI.

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Visitation - with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M.
August 13, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Ithaca
1333 East Center Street
Ithaca, MI 48847

August 14, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Edgewood Church of God
160 S. Barry Road
Ithaca, MI 48847

Funeral Service
August 14, 2019

11:00 AM
Edgewood Church of God
160 S. Barry Road
Ithaca, MI 48847


Pardee Cancer Fund of Gratiot County
315 E. Warwick Drive Suite C, Alma MI 48801

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