Marvis’ life began December 26, 1936 in Hartford, Michigan. She was one of five children born to Arthur and Lillian (Tetlock) Rowley. Marvis spent her lifetime in Southwest Michigan and making her home in Watervliet for most. She loved to work, she worked for many years in the office at Watervliet Harding’s and then at Wal-Mart. Outside of work Marvis enjoyed playing bingo and being the best mom ever.
She leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory including: two children Terri Dempsey of Missouri and Richard Austin of Watervliet; six grandchildren Danyel Williams, Stephanie Wallace, Ray Winkle, Bobby Drake, Michael Drake, and Deanna Austin; four great grandchildren Owen Williams, Lynlea Williams, Chelse Wallace, and Austin Wallace; three siblings Erma White of Watervliet, Shelia Price of Florida, Dorris Stembaugh of Paw Paw; and several nieces and nephews.
Marvis died Tuesday, September 17, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. She is preceded in death by; two daughters Renee Drake, and Connie Forester, a husband Bob Whitney, a brother Ardin Rowley, and her parents Arthur and Lillian Rowley. Hutchins Funeral Home is assisting Marvis’ family with cremation arrangements and they will celebrated her life with a get together on September 28 at 4:00 PM at Roger and Lori Prince’s house. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Marvis’ family.