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Kristine (Kris) Laura Bishop

12/17/1952
01/10/2023

Kristine (Kris) Laura Bishop, age 70 of Ada, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2023, after many courageous battles with illness. Kris was born at Blodgett Hospital on December 17, 1952, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Flora and Foster Bishop. She attended Forest Hills schools and graduated from Albion College. Kris was retired from Bishop Distributing, her family’s floor covering company, where she was the Promotions Manager. Kris will be deeply missed by Janel (Nel) E. Belding, her lifelong partner of 40 plus years; sister, Beth (Karl deceased) Kusmierski, brothers, Brian Bishop (Dana), Phillip Bishop, family relatives, Marion Belding (Jim Anderson), Jonn Belding (Betty), extended family, prayer warriors, friends, and all who knew her. Throughout her life, Kris maintained a love of music, whether listening to all genres or playing her French Horn. She was happiest playing in the dirt to produce her amazing vegetable garden. Her other hobbies included reading and putting jigsaw puzzles together. Her smile will be remembered and how she made everyone laugh no matter the circumstance. Instead of flowers, Kris’ wishes were to “Pay it Forward” by caring for someone in need or donating to your favorite charity. Most of all “Just be Kind.”

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road SE., Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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“Pay it Forward”

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Most of all  “Just be Kind.”

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15 Responses

  1. A wonderful, amazing woman indeed. Kris will be missed by so many, with so many fond memories! Our prayers go out to Nel and all their family! So sad for us, what a joyous reunion for Kris and those who left before her. Prayers for peace to all.
    Love, Pam and Ed Ellinger

  2. I honestly have never known a more courageous friend than Kris. Smart and kind and able to save the day with humor and generosity of spirit. She will be so missed. We send our love to Nel and the rest of Kris’s family and may the memories help us all to heal.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss..
    Kris was a amazing Lady and I was fortunate enough to have her is a friend.. Nel I think of you at this difficult time and sending you love..
    I hope your memories give you strength and comfort.. She will be deeply missed…

  4. Oh Kris we miss you!! Especially your laugh and wonderful sense of humor.
    Much love to you!

  5. Nel,
    I am so sorry for your loss. She will be very much missed by you. I am disapointed I will not be able to attend her wake – I am in Florida. However, know that both you and Kris have been and are in our prayers.
    Much love,
    Judy and Rich Streng

  6. I just heard about Kris’ passing yesterday! I graduated with Kris and always remember her as being a very smart and kind person! I also had the pleasure of going to church with Kris and Nel for many years. Although we attended different services, I always enjoyed seeing them at church-wide events. My thoughts and prayers to Nel and the rest of Kris’ family.

  7. Sy and I will remember Kris for her fun and kindly ways. It was always a bright spot for us when we ran into Nel and Kris when running errands. It is hard to think of one of them without the other. Our prayers are with Nel and the rest of the family.

  8. Kris was a amazing lady and I was very fortunate to knowing her and to have her as a friend.. Nel I am so sorry for your loss thinking of you at this difficult time and sending you love..
    I hope you memories will give you strength and comfort.. Prayers for you and the rest of the family..

  9. Sending so much love from Northern Michigan. Chris was such a brave warrior through the years. And Nel . . . always by her side. Rest easy Chris, you leave this world a better place for having you in it. And to all the Beldings and Bishops . . . sending you our deepest condolences and prayers for peace. Jeff and Georgia Gietzen

  10. Nel, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Kris will always be remembered as such a ray of sunshine, always smiling with that great sense of humor. I have such great memories of your trips to New York joining us for Thanksgiving and embracing our growing family! May peace and strength be with you as you navigate this next chapter. Kris will always be by your side.

  11. Love and prayers to Nel and all the family on the tragic loss of Kris. She fought the good fight and will be deeply missed.

  12. We enjoyed visiting and having dinner with Kris and Nel when they came to New Mexico. Kris was such a pleasant person and we are glad we got to know her. Neal and Sue Johnson Albuquerque New Mexico

  13. Nel, the smile on Kris’s face in her obit photo SAYS IT ALL!! We know how much you are
    missing her and the smile you will be wearing when you meet upstairs. Bless you, both!
    Remember how many smiles we shared on our cruises? By the way, don’t forget we will try to connect whenever you get back to New Mexico. We love you. Bill and Mike.

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Make a Contribution

Kris’ wishes were to

“Pay it Forward”

by caring for someone in need

or

Donating to your favorite charity

Most of all  “Just be Kind.”