Ilene Mae Shinabargar, 97, of Fowler, MI, passed away peacefully Monday, September 14, 2020, at her daughter and son-in-law's home.
Cremation has taken place and a Private Service will be held at a later date.
Ilene was born in Ithaca, MI, on September 12, 1923, the daughter of Ray and Alta (Sturgis) McWilliams. She was the ninth of their thirteen children. Ilene married Clark Shinabargar. They were blessed with over 40 years of marriage when he passed away on March 3, 1990.
Ilene loved to golf and was a straight hitter. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending her flowers. Ilene tended her garden until she was 95 years old. Most of all, Ilene loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she was "grandma" to all.
Ilene is survived by her son Bruce Shinabargar of Perrinton, daughter Colleen (Philip) Lovette of Fowler, and 2 daughters-in-law: Tracy Shinabargar Falor and Diane Biddinger. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Heidi (Jon) Reid, Todd (Kellie) Upton, Yvette Clark, Brett (Marilyn) Biddinger, Bobbie Shinabargar, Andrea (Pat) Murphy, Alex (Amy) Shinabargar, Scott Shinabargar, and Casey Shinabargar; 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband Merlyn Biddinger (1946), 2nd husband Clark Shinabargar (1990), son Frank Biddinger (2016), son Brian Shinabargar (2006), and 12 brothers and sisters: Eva, Geneva, Mable, Wilford, Orville, Clifford, Charles, Leonard, Lester, Loretta, Virginia, and Ray.
Donations may be made to The Care Team (5401 Gateway Center Ste D, Flint, MI 48507) in honor of the excellent care they provided Ilene. 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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