Cleo M. (Warne) DeDie, age 99, of Durand, MI, passed away peacefully with her daughter Jan at her side Friday, August 14, 2020, at Memorial Healthcare, Owosso, MI.
Cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service will be held at Summit Cemetery, Williamston, MI, on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Cleo will be buried with her husband Darr.
Cleo was born in Ithaca, MI, on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Frederick and Emma (Quidort) Smith. Cleo graduated from Ithaca High School in 1939.
On November 25, 1939, Cleo married Darr Warne in Midland, MI. They were married 54 years prior to his death in 1993. On September 24, 1994, Cleo married Samuel DeDie in Vicksburg, MI. Samuel passed away in 1999.
Cleo enjoyed music and loved to sing, which she did most every day of her 99 years. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening, and loved raising her family on their horse farm in Williamston. Cleo also worked as a cook at Williamston High School for many years. Cleo especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, and taught every one of them to sing “You are my Sunshine” as soon as they could talk.
Cleo is survived by her children: Julia Pritchard of Palmetto, FL; Jerry (Susan) Warne of Somerville, TX; and Jan (Dennis) Younce of Fenton, MI. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Scott Raskow, Stacey Erickson, Sonya Pritchard, Heather (Shane) Norie, Bryan (Desiree) Warne, Zachary Novak; 20 great grandchildren: Joshua Christmas, Caleb Raskow, Ally Raskow, Lauryn Raskow,Anthony Raskow, Alyssa Raskow, Emma Raskow, Brock Breeding, Zuri Breeding, Tayler Castle, Jordan (Courtney) Castle, Payton Norie, Logan Warne, Cora Warne, Cali Novak, Riely Novak, Braedyn Novak, Colin Weiss, Carly Weiss, Saige Weiss; 4 great great grandchildren: Madison, Kylynn, Bryant and Ezra; 2 sisters: Evelyn Green and Iva Cross; and many nieces and nephews. Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darr Warne, husband Samuel DeDie, grandson Jameson Younce, brothers: Norris, Elmoin and Vercil Smith, and sisters: Dessa McCall and Freddie Chaney.
Memorials may be made to the Ithaca Senior Center (1011 E. North Street, Ithaca MI 48847) or The Lodges of Durand (8700 Monroe Road, Durand, MI 48429). Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI.