Ries, Jari

Written by David Green.

Jari Deane Ries, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died Oct. 27, 2010.

She was born May 13, 1931, to Wm. Frances “Pappy” and Alberta (Osgood Chandler) Eldredge.

Jari, along with her father, owned the Shoe Tree store in Morenci. She had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. She was awarded life membership from the American Legion Auxiliary Post #368 in Morenci.

Jari enjoyed her family and life in Morenci where she and her friend Joan St. Clair were regulars at the Dari-Ette. She was affectionately known as Grandma “J” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jari was known as a very generous person and enjoyed shopping for her great-grandchildren. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she put Martha Stewart to shame with her gorgeous gift wrapping. She was a creative person, making clothes for her daughters ranging from baby clothes to wedding dresses.  She was proficient at many crafts.

Jari is survived by two daughters, K. (and James) Brink and Linda (and Doug) Dusseau; nine grandchildren, Nicole Wilhelm, Abbe (and Jason) Voigt, MacTavish (and Michele) McDowell, Molly (and Brian Shaffer) McDowell, Eve (and Jim) Mehallow, Adam, Becky, Cindy and Steve Dusseau; eight great-grandchildren, Lucas Wilhelm, Griffin and Aimee Voigt, Charlotte and Kaden McDowell, Rowan and Beau Shaffer and Austin Mehallow; former son-in-law, Jim (and Sharon) McDowell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leland “Jake” Ries; a son, Kevin Lee Ries; and foster parents, Amos and Hattie Rupp.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation is scheduled from noon until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Autism Speaks.

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