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Arless "Aunt Art" Norma (Thomson) Townsend

March 14, 1925 ~ June 4, 2019 (age 94)

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Arless “Aunt Art” Norma (Thomson) Townsend of Lansing, 

Passed away June 4, 2019 at the age of 94. She was born in Alba, MI, on March 14, 1925, the daughter of Noel and Lula Thomson. Aunt Art grew up on a family farm in East Jordan and graduated from East Jordan High School in 1943. She worked as a bank teller at Mason State Bank for over 10 years. Aunt Art enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid card player.

She is survived by her sons, Duane (Suzanne) Derry of Holt, Noel (Jessica) Derry of North Branch; grandchildren, Amy Derry, Alan (Jenni) Derry, Jennifer (Aaron Nim) Derry, Michael Derry, Ashley Derry, Courtney Derry; great grandchildren, Kayla, Caleb, Kennedy, Jayden Derry; siblings, Wava Sinclair, Teni (Ed) Perry and Duane “Tuck” Thomson. Aunt Art was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, JoAnn Thompson; daughter-in-law, Dorae Derry; 9 brothers and sisters. 

Graveside services will be held 12:00 pm Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Sunset Hill Cemetery in East Jordan. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Online condolences made be placed at

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Graveside Service
July 3, 2019

12:00 PM
Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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