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Wendy Lou Bywater

After a brave journey with cancer, Wendy Lou Bywater, age 54, of Ithaca, MI left Ashley Care Center surrounded by family and went to her heavenly home on Monday, September 2, 2019.

Wendy was born in Carson City, MI on March 27, 1965. The daughter of Robert and Janet (Riley) Griffin. She graduated from Ithaca High School and lived most of her life in Michigan. She worked overnights at Alma Meijer, where she quickly made friends with her co-workers.

Wendy was a very loving, supportive and protective Mom and Grandma. She was a fierce Mama Bear. To her Grandchildren she was “Ama” or  “Gram Gram”. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. Wendy was very fond of her plants and animals, she loved watching the birds. She also enjoyed watching Law & Order, doing plastic canvas and crocheting.

Wendy leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her children: Shaunicy (Amanda) Kennedy of Mt. Clemens, MI, Tiffany Kennedy of Alma, MI, Charity Kennedy of Homer, MI, Brandy Hephner of Ithaca, MI, Courtney Shepler of Alma, MI and Conrad Bywater of Ithaca, MI; her grandchildren: Devon, Dorian, Savannah, Quinn, Carleigh, Aubreigh, Hope, Aiden, Matthew, Krissa, Brandon, Myleigh and Mila;  her mother and stepdad, Janet and Eugene Schollaert; and her siblings: Chris (Dave) LaFreniere, Bob (Leann) Griffin, Jeff (Angie) Schollaert, and Amanda (Andy) Schollaert-Welch.

Wendy was predeceased by her Dad and her son in-law, Brandon.

Honoring Wendy’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will take place at a later date.

Family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. 

The family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (9)

I'm sure going to miss you Wendy! You were one of the 1st that friended me when I started at Meijer and for that I am greatful! Rest in peace my dear friend.....until we meet again.
September 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVickie
I was blessed to have known Wendy and loved saving flat top #20 just for her when she came in before my shift ended. I've been blessed with one beautiful friend. I will surely miss her and forever keep her in my thoughts and heart. I wanted to show her the family tree, I feel somewhere in that tree we are related. I will figure it out due in time. RIH Sweet beautiful Angel. Love you dearly and miss you. Love Sonya (Bywater) Hall
My sincere condolences to Wendy's family
In my thoughts and prayers
September 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSonya Hall
Larry and Janet and family so sorry for your lost
September 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Oh sweet Wendy, So many fun late nights at work with you, how you had a way of making our grand opening stress free! I loved learning from you. Your stories of your grand babies and your children. The laughs and giggles just to make the time pass, you will be missed so dearly my friend. Fly high my dear...Love from our family to yours.
September 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Wendy was a bright spot in my mornings at Meijer, and I will always remember her smile and positive outlook. It was a pleasure to have known her, and will always think of her when I see #20, her favorite flat top that she would save for me each morning! She was a kind and loving person and gave her all for everyone she met. Rest with the angels now & know how much you have meant to all who have known you.
September 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJan Dittenber
Shaun, Amanda and family,
My heart is breaking for you, and I pray you find a little peace knowing that there are no tears past the gate.
I love you.
September 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Montville
chris janet & the rest of the family... much love & prayers for the loss of wendy...
September 5, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterlaura wolfe
you will be great fully missed aunt Wendy i miss you already and everyday goes by that i don't think about you. its hard to say goodbye to what an amazing aunt i had but i know you will be looking down on mom and me mom just wants to say she loves you and wish she could of got up there sooner to see you we tried but it was just really hard for me to see you that way after seeing my great Grandpa with cancer but i just think you should of listen to me telling you to quit or something like this was going to happen i miss you so much aunt Wendy but don't worry i will see you soon
September 6, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhannah welch
Thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family. Wendy will be dearly missed.
September 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJodie Kasper

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