Kathy Ann Wade, age 53, a resident of Imlay City, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 with her family by her side in Jackson. She was born March 17, 1968, the daughter of Orval and Marjorie (Walters) Maynard in Hart.
Kathy loved playing sports in high school and was a great athlete on the volleyball, the basketball and the track teams. She continued to love playing sports on adult teams and playing with her family. After graduating from Hesperia High School, Kathy received her Bachelor’s of Education in English from Central Michigan University and went on to receive her Master’s in Behavioral Studies from Marygrove College. Kathy grew up with Dwayne Wade, her husband to be, and he proposed to her at the Little Point Sable Lighthouse because of her love for lighthouses. They were married December 22, 1990 in New Era, MI. She taught English to Spanish-speaking migrants at Walkerville Elementary school. Her final teaching job was at Hart Middle school before she retired to raise her own family. Kathy homeschooled her four children through high school and was always proud of their accomplishments.
Kathy could motivate those around her to learn and teach. She enjoyed music and singing. Kathy was a great cook and baker. She baked the most amazing birthday cakes for every birthday. She would love a food at a restaurant and could duplicate it later at home just by having tasted it. She loved her husband and her children and they miss her with all of their hearts.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Dwayne Wade of Imlay City; and her children, Alexander Wade of Imlay City, Nathanial Wade of Kings Bay, GA, Cynthia Wade of Imlay City and Gabriella (Kaleb) McMillion of Decatur, IL. She is also survived by her siblings, Constance (Gary) Sutter of Gregor, MI, Michael Maynard Sr. of Hesperia, MI, Colleen (Desi) Walsh of Hesperia, MI, Pam (Chuck) Myers of Hesperia, MI, Tina (Richard) Vollans of Hesperia, MI, Theresa (Michael) Anderson of Hesperia, MI, Ron (Amy) Maynard of Hesperia, MI and sister-in-law Sandy Maynard of Grand Haven, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Orval and Marjorie Maynard; and her brother, Greg Maynard.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Muir Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, 2650 South Van Dyke, Imlay City, MI, 48444.
Memorial donations can be made in Kathy’s name to Grace Bible Church of Warren, MI. Be sure to share a story or photos on Kathy’s Memory Page at www.muirfh.com.