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Recent obituaries: Morris Junior Adkins, Clara Marie Ewald, James Huyett Krick, Betty Lou Navin

Adkins,-Morris-photoMorris Junior Adkins of Chelsea, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Presidential Caregivers assisted living facility in Ypsilanti.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1926, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Morris had served in the United States Navy during World War II in Guam. He was assigned to the USS Indianapolis which was sunk and had only 300 survivors. He had a fever the day the ship was to sail and was instead kept in the infirmary. All of his fellow shipmates from boot camp died.

He went to school though the eighth grade but had to quit to help his family on the farm. That commitment to family never changed, and he was primary caregiver for his wife Ethel for many years.

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Ewald,-Clara-photoClara Marie Ewald of Chelsea, age 85, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Chelsea, the daughter of Chester and Cecel (Spooner) Miller. On Nov. 1, 1947, she married Daniel Ewald and they happily celebrated 67 years together. He survives.

As a native of Chelsea, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, served as a 4-H leader, and extended her support to local causes. A lover of books, cooking, crafts and traveling, she was always eager to learn and open to new experiences.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she never missed a life milestone or school activity. And as a loyal friend, she touched so many with her kind and open heart.

Her final days could have been met with struggle, but true to character, she left this earth with such a positive and gentle grace. The family extends their gratitude to the University of Michigan medical staff, the caretakers of Lloyd Ganton Retirement Home, and all of her friends and neighbors for their support.

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Krick_JamesJames Huyett Krick
Dexter, Michigan

Age 91, of Dexter, passed away on Sunday, July 13 at Towsley Village in Chelsea.

Jim was born in Reading, PA on July 1, 1923, son of Dr. William F. and Gertrude (Huyett) Krick.  After graduating from Reading High school he attended Swarthmore College getting a degree in Structural Engineering. Upon graduating he took a job with The Austin Engineering Co. Austin did much of the engineering work for Dow Chemical in Midland, MI.  While Jim was working in Midland, MI, he met Barbara Ruth Temple at the First United Methodist Church. They were married in that church on June 18, 1954.

After a European honeymoon, he lived in Detroit and Cleveland. In January 1956, he moved to Ann Arbor to work for Cummins and Barnard, Inc. and lived there until February 2012. He became a copartner and retired from C and B in 2006.

Jim was active in the Eastern Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor and later the downtown Club. He served on SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) for many years. He was active in the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers and served on The Washtenaw County Board of Appeals. He also enjoyed plays and was a member of The Civic Theater. From 1957 to 2012, his family was involved with the teenage exchange program called Youth For Understanding.

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Navin,-Betty-photoBetty Lou Navin of Chelsea, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in Centerville, Tenn., the daughter of Elvis Monroe Campbell and Mary Louise (Sutherland). On Nov. 18, 1950, she married George Edward Navin, and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Betty was a great gourmet cook and had worked in catering. She was a very strong and determined woman, always helping others and putting her family and friends first. She loved traveling in her motor home for many years and spending time in Tennessee, and she especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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