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Harriet R. Combs

September 6, 1935 — February 16, 2023

Howards Grove


Harriet R (Small) Combs was born September 6, 1935 and passed away February 16, 2023 at 87 years old.  Her parents were James & Helen (Clark) Small.  They proceeded her in death, as did all her brothers, sisters and one grandchild.  Harriet graduated from Lansing Jr College and was an LPN, working 23 years at Saginaw General Hospital. She was Senior Regent of the Women of the Moose Chapter 420, and a member of the American Legion Post 22, both of Saginaw, MI.

Harriet leaves behind 6 children: Cyndi (Joe) Carroll of Ft Mills, South Carolina; Cheryl (Gerard) Hernandez of Round Rock, Texas; Bob (Diana) Combs of Montague, Michigan; Cathy (Pat) Whitty of Howard’s Grove, Wisconsin, (with whom she lived); Chris (David) Unkel of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Brian (Christina) Combs of Georgetown, Texas.  She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren: Renee (Mike) McNally, Heidi (Ryan) McEwen, Joe Carroll, Michael Hernandez, Melissa (Yash) Vardhan Tiwari, Kristin Combs, Lindsey (Nathan) Maxson, Caitlain (Kyle) Decker, Tyler (Kristina) Whitty, TJ (Jess) Stiener, Shae (Michelle) Unkel, Hanna Unkel, Avery Combs & Sydney Combs.  She also leaves behind 14 great grandchildren, special friends Dan Wenzel and Ruth Kuelske, many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will host a luncheon at The Horizon’s Conference Center at 6200 State St, Saginaw, Michigan on Saturday,  February 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm for those that would like to stop by and give their condolences to the family, share a meal and perhaps share a story or two of Harriet.

Harriet would like to thank Cathy & Pat and their family for all the love and care they have given her the past 1 ½ years…it was greatly appreciated and was such a blessing to her…..Cathy & Pat would like to thank Aurora Hospice, especially Tanya & Tamika for their guidance and care.

The Broken Chain Poem

We little knew the day that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.



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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, February 25, 2023

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Horizons Conference Center

6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603

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