Jerrylean "Jerry" Ivester

Friday, September 8, 2017
Jerrylean "Jerry" Ivester

Jerrylean “Jerry” Ivester, age 89, of Onaway, Mich., died on Tuesday September 5, 2017, at Bay Bluffs Emmet County Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs, Mich. The daughter of Loy and Zora (Underwood) Watson, Jerrylean was born at home near Pollard, in Clay County, Ark., on August 20, 1928. She married Bert Ivester on July 28, 1944, in Piggott, Ark., and in 1970 they moved to the Onaway area from Howell, Mich. They were blessed with 50 years of marriage at the time of Bert’s death in 1994.

Raised on the family farm in Arkansas, Jerry was an expert gardener and a skilled homemaker. She loved being outdoors and had a yard full of beautiful flowers and planted a big vegetable garden each summer. A great cook, she canned fruits, meats, and the vegetables from her garden, as well as making pickles and relishes. Talented with a needle and thread, Jerry crafted the most beautiful quilts. She loved to play cards and go shopping.

Outgoing and easy to talk to, Jerry “never met a stranger”. She was very friendly, a good neighbor, and would help anyone. Very nurturing, she especially loved babies and children. Most of all she loved her family and cherished spending time with them. Jerry’s gentle spirit and humble way will be sadly missed.

Surviving Jerry is her daughter, Shirley Ittu of Onaway; son, Michael (Shirley) Ivester of Allegan; and sister, Jane Moffitt of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Jerrylean also leaves nine grandchildren, Matt, Catherine, Dan, Tom, Kosrae, Star, Jewel, Nathan, and Jennica; as well as 20 great grandchildren. Preceding Jerry in death were her parents; husband; daughter, Sandra Jean Smith; sons, John and Stanley Ivester; granddaughter, Ami; and sister, Edna Jean.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway. Funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kamron Oberlin officiating. Jerrylean’s final resting place will be with her family in the New Hope Cemetery, Pollard, Ark., where there will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 16.

Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Jerrylean to the American Diabetes Association (

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