Caroline McInnis

Jean McInnis

Saturday, June 16th, 1934 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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C. Jean McInnis, age 86, passed away in McLaren Port Huron Hospital on October 15, 2020, with her family at her side. We lost our beloved matriarch.

She was born in Port Huron on June 16, 1934, to the late Jack and Caroline (Collins) Shars and grew up in Lakeport. As a child, she learned Latin and played classical piano. She married Bruce McInnis in 1951.

At the age of 25, she was widowed with four young children to raise, so she enrolled in nursing school. After graduation, she worked at Port Huron hospital for 36 years starting out on surgical staff, and then became the head nurse in the ER, a job she loved. All the first responders knew her because of her skill and affable nature. She was a life-long lover of photography, art, reading, music, cats and NASCAR. She served as secretary of Shutterbug Camera Club for many years. She was fiercely independent and lived her life on her own terms balancing work and a large family. Even when her vison was compromised by macular degeneration, she never complained or slowed down. Her house was the place where everyone gathered for holidays and birthdays to share time with each other. Any lonely or lost souls that happened to need a place to be for the holidays were welcomed as well. Her specialty was her famous turkey stuffing and cherry nut cake. She had a generous heart and was terribly proud of her children and grandkids.

Surviving her are four children, George (LeeAnne) McInnis, Jack (Karen) McInnis, Valerie (Greg) Duva, and Laurel (Mark) Erickson; seven grandchildren, Jamie (Karry) Hepting, Ryan McInnis, Nick (Jeannie) Moran, Nathan (Jennifer) McInnis, Kara (Eddie) Dorda, Jennifer (Kenny) Blinn, and Theresa Renno; two step-grandchildren, Damon (Keri) Duva and Angela McConnell; nine great-grandchildren; and her two beloved cats, Tony and Toby.

She was the glue that held us together and brought the gift of family to each of us. We will always cherish her memory and keep her close in our hearts.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home-Hancock Street. Graveside services and interment will be held in Burtchville Township Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Clair County Animal Control or Blue Water Area Humane Society.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Interment

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 1:30pm
    Burtchville Township
    4000 Burtch Rd
    Burtchville Township, Michigan 48059
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Joan Miller

Posted at 11:20am
So sorry for the passing of my good friend. We spent many hours talking about everything in our lives. We became friends when we volunteered to work on ways to keep our 1951 graduates together and organized a couple reunions and luncheons each month. She talked with love about each member of her family. She texted and emailed that she was good after the surgery and no pain but at our age things change quickly. Prayers for the family. Joan Green Miller

Engine Parts Waehouse

Posted at 09:37am
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