Marie Whilimina “Beanie” (Lindberg) Nellist, age 90, of Coopersville formerly of Nunica, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Marie was born in Polkton Twp. MI., to the late Ernest and Nora (Zimmer ) Lindberg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Wayne Nellist in 1977 and her siblings, Al, Sam, Tom, Emmy and Kathy. Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she enjoyed family gatherings and time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, playing the piano, singing and had a unique sense of humor. Marie enjoyed and was very proud of her teaching career which spanned 40 years. She began her teaching career at South Evergreen School, a one room school house and taught at Allendale Schools for a short time then for 10 years at Nunica Elementary until moving to Spring Lake Pubic Schools where she taught in the elementary school until her retirement. Marie will be missed greatly by her children, Merle “Skip” (Deb) Nellist, Colleen (Bill Jr.) Nellist-Brown, Correen (Bryan) Kieft, Julia Nellist; grandchildren, Brian Nellist, Nicholas (Ruth Ann) Brown, Kaitlyn Brown, Marleen Valdez, and Cynthia Smith; great grandchildren, Wayne Nellist, Andrew Nellist, Karli Brown, Dakota Brown, and Tom Smith; many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at St Michael’s Catholic Church, 17150 88th Ave, Coopersville, MI with Fr. Ayub Nasar celebrant. Burial will take place in Richardson Cemetery, St. Helen MI. Visitation will be held 5-7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 7th, at the Throop Funeral Home, 214 Church St, Coopersville, MI 49404 and 10-11 AM Wednesday, Jan. 8th, one hour prior to the service at church. Memorial donations may be made to assist Karli and Dakota Brown with school tuition costs c/o Nicholas Brown. An online guestbook may be signed at
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