Hoyt, Marilee

Written by David Green.

Marilee Hoyt, 63, of Hillsdale, Mich., died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Hillsdale County.

She was born Feb. 19, 1948 in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Darling (Russell) Cuff.

Marilee was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Jonesville and she worked for 17 years at Tenneco Automotive in Litchfield, until her illness.

She is survived by five children, Tim Vine of Fayette, Ohio, Sherry (and Glen) Fowler of California, Angela (and Bradley) Callaway of Edon, Ohio, Pamela (and Larry) Small of Hillsdale and Melody (and Arthur) McCall of Hillsdale; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her father, Charles Cuff; three brothers, Frank (and Betty) Cuff, Chuck (and Bonnie) Cuff and Mike (and Amy) Cuff; one sister, Jan (Bear) Buear; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Darling Fackler; step-father, Wayne Fackler; and her grandmother, Mary Cuff.

At Marilee’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation is planned from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Interment will follow the visitation in the Northlawn Cemetery in North Adams. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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