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Anne Towns Cantine

November 10, 1928 ~ December 19, 2021 (age 93)

Obituary

Anne Towns Cantine

Anne Louise Cantine of Eaton Rapids, passed away peacefully December 19, 2021 at Eaton Community Palliative Care (Hospice). She was born November 10, 1928 to Russell Knapp and Kittie May (Caruss) Winslow in Lansing. She was raised on her Grandparent's farm on Kingsland Hwy and raised her family just down the hill. She was proud to say she lived there all of her life. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1946. Anne married her first husband, Clare E Towns in 1948. He passed away in 1986. She retired from Eaton Rapids Public Schools in 1993 after 28 years. Anne enjoyed her vegetable garden and fruit trees - canning everything. She was creative and shared that creativity through her pheasant feather hats, pinecone wreaths, cooking, baking, cake decorating and entertaining. She and Clare were square dance enthusiasts and traveled extensively attending horse shows, pony pulls, and family visits. Anne was also incredibly caring, and from an early age she cared for many family members and then friends as they aged. It was 38 years ago she began working with a volunteer group which became Eaton Community Palliative Care (Hospice). Recently receiving a fitting tribute by the United Way: The Life Time Achievement Award for Volunteerism. She also volunteered with the school, church, ERHS Alumni Association and Senior Center among others.

In 1991 she married David E. Cantine They continued traveling, visiting family, attending organ rallies, and wintered in Palmetto, Florida. Together they held several barn sales benefiting Eaton Community Palliative Care before creating what is now known as the Anne Towns Cantine Hospice Thrift Store. David passed away in 2011

She is survived by her children Mitchell Towns and Ava Towns , both of Eaton Rapids. Bob (Cathy) Cantine, Springport; Nancy (Tim) Propst, North Carolina; Daughter-in-law Simon Towns, Georgia; Grandchildren Chad Towns, Arkansas; Kittie Anne (Brad) Palmer, Georgia; Gregory (Hope) Clark, Mason; Timothy Clark, Florida; Alexander Clark, New York; Doug (Jen) Wilson, Maine; Don (Penny) Wilson, Maine; Aaron Cone, Georgia; Amber Hensley, Eaton Rapids; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law Norine Winslow, Eaton Rapids, and several nieces and nephews,. Her dear friends Margaret Kyser Pike, Charlotte; Lucy Stimer, Eaton Rapids and Jim and Judy Rocco, Florida will remember her fondly.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Michael Towns, infant son, Richard Towns, brother R. Dale Winslow and daughter-in-law Krista Vercruysse. Funeral Services will held at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel, Thursday, December 23, 2021. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. The service for internment will be at 3:00 p.m. On line condolences may be sent to: MillsFuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care either on line at: echospice.org or by calling 517-543-5310.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 23, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel
518 S. Main St.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 23, 2021

3:00 PM
Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel
518 S. Main St.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

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