Saturday, August 14, 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Van Strien Creston Chapel
1833 Plainfield Ave., N.E
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Life Story / Obituary
Family was the foundation of Trisha Stewart-Timmer’s life. She was a dedicated mom, wife, and grandmother; any spare moment that Trisha had was spent with her family. Everyone that knew and loved Trisha will miss her huge heart and beautiful smile. Gone too soon, Trisha’s memories and legacy will be cherished by her family forever.
Life in the 1960s brought about the Space Race, civil rights movements, and the Vietnam war. John F. Kennedy became the 35the President of the United States, and tragically two years later he was assassinated during a campaign motorcade. Most American households had a TV by the end of the decade, and Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable “I Have A Dream Speech.” Woodstock was held in New York and had performers such as: Janis Joplin, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix. The Beatles made their debut in the US, and the Flintstones aired on TV for the first time. For Roger Stewart and Martha Lou Chitwood-Stewart March 25, 1963, was the day that they welcomed their daughter, Trisha, to the world. Tracy had four other siblings: Duane, Rodney, Sherri, and Tracy.
Trisha’s life wasn’t always easy, but she was the glue that held her family together. Mother to Ambria, Candace, Jessica, Cody, and Tracy, Trisha lived each day for her children. She was an amazing mother and was her children’s biggest cheerleader. All Trisha wanted in life was for there to be peace amongst her family and friends. Her grandchildren were also a big part of her life and she spent as much time with them as she could. Trisha met the love of her life, Phil Timmer, through MySpace. Phil fondly remembers being attracted to Trisha’s loving eyes, and her unique username—HotMomma (daughter Ambria’s suggestion). After several chat sessions, Trisha and Phil decided to meet each other in person. Phil felt confident in their blooming relationship and invited Trisha to a family barbeque for their first date. He was nervous for how everything would go, but to his delight, Trisha embraced his family as if they were her own, and he instantly knew that she was the woman for him. After courting for a while, Phil knew it was time to pop the question to Trisha. He designed a unique engagement ring and proposed at Trisha’s favorite time of year, Christmas. Her answer was a resounding “I do” and she couldn’t wait to share the news with her children.
A wedding date was set, and the happy couple began planning their fairytale day. During this time, Trisha had quite a health scare, but miraculously awakened from a coma. Even in an unconscious state, Trisha knew that Phil was the one for her. The doctors and nurses were never able to remove her engagement ring because she kept making a fist and they couldn’t get it off. Phil thinks it was Trisha’s way of letting everyone know that Phil was the love of her life. Eventually the pair became man and wife and continued living life enjoying every moment together. Trisha and Phil loved playing dice, watching movies, and spending evenings in their home together. Both had children from previous relationships, but that didn’t stop them from opening their home to all their kids and blending as one big family.
Everyone knew that Trisha always had the best-looking plants and flowers. She had a green thumb and the gardens around her house were so beautiful and well cared for. Trisha’s favorite flower to grow and smell was lilies. Olive Garden was Trisha’s favorite restaurant, but she loved a variety of foods—seafood, steak, chicken fried steak, and no bake cookies. Trisha’s heart extended to a love for animals as well. Over the years she enjoyed the company of many dogs, cats, and chickens. Although Trisha was not one to read a book, she much preferred enjoying the world around her by going on runs outside. Trisha’s life was taken from this world far too soon, but her life lives on in three other individuals. She selflessly chose to be an organ donor, and after her passing, was able to save multiple lives via donation of her heart, kidneys and liver.
Trisha’s infectious smile and huge heart were always the first things to come to anyone’s mind when they thought about her. She lived her life passionately for all those around her. Love really knows no limits, and Trisha’s life is proof of that. Dedicated to her children, husband, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Trisha was always putting everyone else’s needs above her own. Oprah once said, “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” Trisha dedicated her life to her beloved children, cheered them on, and taught them many valuable life lessons.
Trisha C. Stewart-Timmer of Gowen, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on August 4, 2021 at the age of 58. Trisha was preceded in death by her parents Roger & Marty Stewart, Brother Duane Stewart. Trisha is survived by her husband Phil; her children Daughters Ambria (Chad) Wolfgang, Candace Stewart, Jessica(Brandon) Stacey, and sons Cody Stewart-Lawley, Tracy Stewart-Lawley. Bonus children are Rachael & Brandon Hood, Levi & Jennifer Timmer, Luke Timmer, Samuel & Leah Timmer; her grandchildren Miles, Charlie, Eli, Kayley, Morgan, Samantha, Mackenzie, Madison, Olivia, Ryleigh, Aubrielle, Trenton, Nevaeh, Liam, Julian, Izen, Zayne and John. Great Grandchildren; Lincoln ,Charlie, Leyla, Kye, Kristopher, Kayloni. Surviving are her siblings Rodney Stewart, Sherri, Scott, and Tracy. Her in-laws Phil and Lillian Timmer; many nieces and nephews and friends. A service to celebrate her life and the gifts that she has given to save the lives others will be held at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Van Strien Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 on Saturday August 14, 2021, at 1:00 PM. Relatives and friends may meet with her family on Friday August 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Contributions in her memory may be made to Relief After Violent Encounter, 850 E Lincoln Ave, Ionia, Michigan 48846. To read Trisha’s life story, submit a memory, photo, sign her guestbook, and access the livestream link please visit www.heritagelifestory.com