(Rockford) Mrs. Grace M. Derks, age 81, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, November 16, 2012. She grew up in Fremont, MI and worked at Gerber Hospital in food preparation before and after school. Grace graduated from Fremont High School in 1949. When she was 16, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior at Fremont Baptist Church. She met Max H. Derks, and they were married on April 9, 1950. He served in the US Navy, and Grace had to become an independent and industrious person. After the service, they purchased a farm; she with the help of her children had a huge garden, and they sold produce and fruits. Grace was a bargain hunter and would go to the flea markets and garage sales. She also enjoyed her brothers and sisters in Christ at hymn sings, Sunday school Calebs Kin class, and visiting many who were home bound. She regularly attended West Cannon Baptist Church . She was the transportation specialist for many folks. Grace was preceded in death by her husband Max in July of 1992, a daughter, Cynthia Ann DeRouchie in 2006, her sister, Bessie Goetsch, and her brothers, Chester Hendrie and Charles Hendrie. She is survived by her children, Max, Jr. and Cathy Derks, Connie and Robert Melaik, and Douglas and Jeri Derks; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Faye and Sonny Bolles, Carl and Marlene Hendrie, Martha and Ralph Radillo, Harold Hendrie and friend, Maxie, Jim and Norma Hendrie, Judy and John Dean, Barb and Edward Dean, and many nieces and nephews. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Derks will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at West Cannon Baptist Church , 5760 Cannonsburg Road , Belmont , with her grandson, Pastor Randy Emmorey and Pastor Doug Crawford and Pastor Maynard Belt officiating. Interment in Lisbon Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Journey Fund at West Cannon Baptist Church or Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr., SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

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