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Earlene Klyce

December 19, 1937 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 82)


Earlene Klyce aged  82,

Thursday April 16, 2020 transitioned from this life unto eternal rest, and is now safe in the arms of Jesus. 

 "Lene" as she was called  was born December 19, 1937 in Marvell Arkansas to John and Laura Reynolds. She was raised and attended school in Arkansas.  She was the 7th of 10 siblings, along with a very special nephew Robert who was raised  like a brother.  Earlene and her siblings were taught good moral and biblical principles and hard work early in life. 

In 1955 she met and married Charlie Lee Jr, to this union only one child was born. She moved north 1964 to Grand Rapids, Michigan to join family already there.  During her early years in Grand Rapids she worked several jobs, Parkers Cafe,  Model Coverall, Amway, Walter Hagens, Michigan Bulb, several cleaning jobs. 

 She later found employment with St. Marys Hospital  from there she retired.  Earlene was a faithful member of Apostolic faith Church, where she was baptized in the name of Jesus and received the Holy Ghost.  She attended faithfully for 35 years under pastors, Bishop Brisbin, Bishop Julien and currently District Elder, Pastor Dorian Richardson.

Her brother Jack, introduced her to his good friend  Earl Thomas Klyce.  In 1980, their courtship began, and in 1985 they were married and they remained married for 35 years.

 "Lene" was an excellent cook.  In her cooking days she would cook the best tasting meals, desserts of any sort, even home made ice cream from the fresh fallen snow, homemade apple turnovers, donuts.  It's been said her homemade  biscuits were so light and fluffy they could float right off the table. 

"Lene" was woman of few words, quiet, yet fiesty, she could touch you with a loving smile or  her signature fussy look. If you overstepped her boundaries she had no problem telling you how she felt.   Although she kept to herself. She enjoyed being in church and she loved to laugh and tease some of her favorite saints, giving some of them  nicknames.  She also liked keeping her gas tank full... no exceptions, and if she was riding with you... that yours was full too, and you were on time she did NOT like to be late.

She found her most Joy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren,  calling them on the phone, giving of  monetary gifts just to help along the way or giving gifts just because she felt you might like it. She was always, always there for her family.  

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Laura Reynolds, and one sister , Ethel Coates, and two Brothers, Lorenzo "Jack" Reynolds, and JC "Pete" Reynolds,  a Special Son and grandson, Willie Howell and Quintin Howell  

She is survived and loved by her (Husband), Earl Thomas Klyce one (Daughter), Charlean (Richard)Allen of Grand Rapids, two (Step sons) Kenneth Earl Klyce, Curtis Jennings of Grand Rapids. (Grandchildren), Donta Palmer, Tyron Berry, Jimeeka Ford of Grand Rapids.  Rodney Allen, Robert Allen, of Adrian Michigan. Toty'onna Jackson-Klyce, Tevin Klyce, Tavarri Klyce of Grand Rapids (great-grandchildren), Jahon Dentmond, Jae'von Dentmond, Aria, of grand Rapids Dontasia Dyer of  Tennessee, Donta Palmer Jr. Timothy Palmer of  Tampa Florida. Ty'Asia Berry, of Grand Rapids, Sidney of, Charlotte Michigan. Sienna, Tyler, Silas, Tyron Jr. of Grand Rapids. Jaylan Ouwinga, Gibril Walker, Jelon Walker of Grand Rapids Michigan.  Kalvyn Camuri, Caleea, Jayda. Sierrianna, Sean, all of Adrian Michigan. Saquoyia, Mikaela of Grand Rapids, Pariss, of Atlanta Ga, Johnae, Semaj of Grand Rapids. Quinetta, and Quintin Jr. of Benon Harbor, Michigan.  6 (great-great) grandchildren. 

Earlene also leaves to cherish her memories a special daughter, Christine Howell of Atlanta Georgia and (2 special granddaughters), Annette Howell, Nakia Howell of Grand Rapids. (Sisters) Bertha Tolbert  of Grand Rapids.  Mable (Ceifus) Phillips Marvell Arkansas,  Johnnie Hearn, of Chicago Ill. Paula (Fred ) Lane of GR.  Dorothy Scaife of South Bend, Ind. one (Brother) John (Virginia) Reynolds of Niles Mich. 

Aunt "Lene" as she was affectionately called has a host of nieces and nephews and a long time friend of over 50 years, Katherine Staten and loved by them all.


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April 24, 2020

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Brown's Funeral Chapel
627 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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