Obituary for Mavis Popp

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Mavis Popp

September 7, 1930 - September 22, 2018

Mavis Popp, 88, of Decatur, MI. passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego, MI.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Newell Funeral Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur with Pastor James Abshagen officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Friends wishing to share a memory of Mavis online may do so at

Mavis was born September 7, 1930 in Paw Paw, MI to Jay & Ruth (Miller) Dodge. She graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1948. She then attended Western Michigan University where she received her Bachelor’s in education. On August 16, 1952 she married Frank Popp in Paw Paw, MI. Mavis taught for a short time at Diamondale High School and continued her teaching career at Decatur High School teaching English and History. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur where she was involved in many activities. She was also a member of the Decatur Study Club. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing, keeping up with history and current events, baking, especially her famous chocolate oil cake, blonde brownies and numerous pies. Mavis took pride in maintaining her home and keeping her lawn leaf free!

Mavis is survived by her husband Frank Popp; son Larry Popp (Nancy Weiss); daughter Cheryl (Brian) Germain; grandchildren Alexander (Courtney) Popp, Leanna Popp (Nathan Smith), Derrick Popp, Maria Germain, and Megan Germain; sister-in-law Joanne Dodge; and several nieces and nephews.

Mavis was preceded in death by her parents and brother Marston Dodge.


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Cemetery Information

Lakeside Cemetery


Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Memorial Information

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church in Decatur.


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Born: September 7, 1930
Died: September 22, 2018

Condolences for Mavis Popp

LaVonne Brooks March posted on 9/25/18

Fond childhood memories of Mrs. Popp. She was a great mom; and, I still remember how she always had a smile for me and great goodies. Her house sparkled as much as she did. Sending my prayers up for you Mr. Popp, Larry, and Cheryl. God bless you all. Please know how special she was to all.


Mavis Ladyman Conolly posted on 9/25/18

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mavis. She was a member of my High School graduating class at Paw Paw in 1948. I always found her to be upbeat and very friendly. I have kept in touch with her at our class reunions. My heart goes out to Frank and the family. May God Bless all of you. You will be in my prayers.


janet Roeder posted on 9/22/18

She was my teacher in high school, and she was our class advisor. Class of 1956... We have missed the Popps in church. I will be on a trip this week, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers while you hold services for a great lady. Hugs to your dad.