MARQUETTE, Mich. - Lottie Isabelle Voce, age 98, lifelong resident of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of her family, center staff, and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.
Born August 31, 1914, in Marquette, a daughter of George and Janet A. (Steen) Billings, Lottie was a 1932 graduate of the Graveraet High School.
Lottie was a homemaker and caregiver who cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a very joyous and forgiving person who will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church serving as a member of Group L and was instrumental in starting the church's prayer chain. She was an accomplished pianist, playing for numerous area churches. Lottie was a lifetime member of the Royal Neighbors, the Northern Queen Rebekah's serving in numerous offices and in 1988 was awarded the Declaration of Chivalry, one of the highest honors of the Rebekah's. She also served as a board member of the Marquette Federated Women's Club.
Lottie Isabelle Voce
Survivors include her daughter, Coralie (Rick) Hambleton of Marquette; her son, George (Marilyn) E. Voce, Jr. of Marquette; three grandchildren, Christopher Maynard, Adam (Laura) Maynard and Cory Hambleton; five step grandchildren, Patrick, Peter, Cindy, Therese and Paul (Beth) LaValley; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Sebastian Maynard; nine step great-grandchildren, Tina, Michael, Evelyn, Tony, Dominic, Dylan, Brittany, Travis and Tyler LaValley, sister-in-law Lucille Epper and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; her two sisters, Ruth Bowers and Irene Carlton; and her brother, John Billings, and sisters-in-law Hazel Jensen, Lucette Billings and Neva Yelle.
Friends may call at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday, November 9, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Following at 11:30, a Funeral Service to Celebrate her life will be held in the church with Bob Railey officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Episcopal Church, 201 East Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
Lottie sought joy and found the blessings in everything she experienced in life and the family encourages friends to wear bright colors while sharing in the celebration of her life.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com