Shawn Marie Batchelor



Memorial contributions may be made to:

St. Mary Catholic Church

402 Amity St., Lowell, MI 49331


Kent County Animal Shelter

711 Ball Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Shawn Marie Batchelor, age 54 of Lowell, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 9, 2020. She is preceded in death by her mother, Joanne Hillard. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Mark; children, Britney (Matt) Altoft, Matthew Batchelor; father, Lynn Hillard; fathers and mothers-in-law, Jerry and Joy Batchelor  & William and Donna Harrall; brothers, Lynn Hillard Jr.; sisters, Tami (Mike) Watts, Jennifer (James) Gauw; grandchildren, McKenna and Marlee Altoft; sisters-in-law, Laurie Vogt and Jodi Harrall; 22 nieces and nephews. She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her family and friends. Private funeral services will be held Monday, May 18th at St. Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St., Lowell. Rev. Aaron Ferris officiating. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St., Lowell, MI 49331 or Kent County Animal Shelter, 711 Ball Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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43 Responses

  1. The most genuine beautiful soul I have ever met.. you will be terribly missed Aunt Shawn. We love you more than words could ever say.

  2. Oh,Cous you have a way of brightening the room with your beautiful smile and your gentle soul. May your pain be gone and may you rest in your Heavenly Fathers arms. Im sure my Dad (Uncle Jim) Grandma, and Grandpa were waiting to greet you. We will miss you greatly. Rest in peace Sweetheat. We love you. To the family: my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I pray for peace and understanding. It’s so hard to loose our loved ones. I send hugs and kisses. Love u all Sue Rase(Ellis). And family

  3. Though words do so little in such times of peril. They are all I can offer at such a time. To the Hillard and Batchelor families, I offer my deepest sympathies for the life taken far too soon. The impact you had on my friend Jr.carried through him to me, will continue in your absence to others.

  4. Shawn you were the greatest glad I got to work for you and mark. Also glad of the friendship through your family. You always had a way of me ending up with barn kittens lol which I loved. So many other memories. Fly high beautiful angel give your mom a huge hug from all of us

  5. My heart is breaking for the entire family. We loved Shawn so much and I keep hearing her infectious giggle that she had no matter what kind of day she had .. she was always laughing and looking at her blessings. When we would get together she talked so much about her children, Britney and Matt, you two were the pride and joy of her life… she loved you both so much and loved those beautiful grand daughters too. I remember going out with her on one of our girls nights and she stood up from the bar.. a guy took her stool and I stopped him and told him “You don’t just take a chair from a lady”.. he said “it’s for my girlfriend” and Shawn said “aww, that’s ok!”.. I told her “No it isn’t! You deserve to be treated better then that and you need to stand up for yourself!” Her response was just an example of how she lived her life, she said to me “I have always turned the other cheek”

    And she did… she was the type of person who gave second and third chances when no one else would. She was a peacemaker.. She forgave and loved everyone that was in her life. She was a true angel on earth… the best daughter, the best sister, the best cousin, aunt, friend, mother.. and there is a huge hole that she has left in all of our hearts.

    Thank you Shawn for being my older cousin, older sister and one amazing friend I will always remember all of our times together

  6. Shawnee, when I heard about your loss, I literally cried for hours. I loved you so much. You were truly such an inspiration to all and always so kind with a heart of Gold. The angels are lucky to have you. I will miss you and think of you forever!!!

  7. I’m very sorry for your loss, Shawn was an amazing kind hearted woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cookie and Perry

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  9. We were very saddened by hearing of Shawn’s passing. Shawn has always been so caring for others and was always willing to help or listen to others. She always had a big smile on her face that would brighten a room! She was my high school “bestie”, boy did we have a lot of fun!! Some might say too much fun?! Shawn was an amazing person! She was also an amazing mother, Britney is such a wonderful mother, so genuine and kind, just like her mother!! Praying that God can help to ease your pain and help you to remember all of the wonderful memories that you cherish. God bless you all! ❤️

  10. I remember when Shawn moved to Caledonia from Wyoming. I don’t remember the year. But I spent a lot of nights at the Hillard house. Shawn and I rode her dirt bike in the fields behind her house. Her Mom and Dad were such nice people. I haven’t talked with her in so many years, but when I learned of her passing, it broke my heart. I am so sorry for a life lost way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this most difficult time. Diana (Schnitker) Hulst.

  11. I am so sorry to hear about your mom she was such a sweet lady I’m praying for peace for all of you

  12. Shawn was a very special Lady to me. I am sadden to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  13. Jennifer, Tami, and Lynn I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. Shawn was beautiful inside and out, always kind to everyone. I pray for peace and comfort over your hearts.

  14. So Sorry for you loss.. Sending Prayers & Hugs to the family..

  15. Mark, Matt, Britney and Donna, so sorry for your loss. Hold your memories close at heart and know we are thinking of you during this sad time.
    Hugs, Art and Ronni

  16. Mark, Matt, Britney and Donna, so sorry for your loss. Hold your memories close at heart and know we are thinking of you during this sad time.
    Hugs, Art and Ronni

  17. I’m so sorry, what a beautiful person from high school all through. Praying for everyone.

  18. Mark, I’m so very sorry and I know words cannot express.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Mark, so sad to hear of your wife’s accident and death! May God grant you peace and comfort in these most difficult times!

    Scott Edwards

  20. I will always remember Shawn walking into Speedway in Lowell, pausing and staring at me for a few seconds and then exclaiming “You MUST be my sister Jenifers friend Big Mike.!!” I had heard about her for almost 2 years from Jen, and I replied “And you MUST be Jennifer’s “twin” sister Shawn.!!” We BOTH cracked up and visited a minute or two…. From That day forward she never missed a chance when we happened to be out and about (in the same place around town) To at least smile and come over and visit for a bit and leave me with a hug and one of those GREAT, CONTAGIOUS SHAWN SMILES of hers.!!! Shawn, You were a warm hearted, genuinely nice person, and you will be remembered fondly by ALL who were lucky enough to know you.!! ❤️

  21. So sorry to hear about Shawn passing away Mark. Shawn worked at Lacks Industries as my office manager. She was great at her job and a nice person to be around,

  22. There are few people in this world that had the strength that my aunt Shawn had and she fought every battle with grace, dignity, and love. There are even fewer people on this world who had a heart like hers and cared for so deeply for others. It didn’t matter if you were a friend, family, or even a stranger, she always lent a helping hand, a listening ear, or a welcoming smile when somebody was feeling down and out. I am honored to know in my heart that she is watching over all of us in death just as she did in life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her guidance. I’m going to miss hearing her say “I’m proud of you honey.” I look forward to the day that we walk side by side in the Lord’s kingdom and I get to tell her all about this wonderful life that she helped shape. So I am not going to say goodbye, I will say until we meet again. I love you forever and always aunt Shawnie. ❤

  23. Shawn was truly a beautiful woman. As I read through this guest book, the resounding pattern is evident. She was giving, forgiving, caring, selfless, thankful in and for all things and was a true example of a positive person. Her smile and laughter was sunshine and our happy hour and Christmas gatherings were a joy when she was there. I loved our conversations and your inspiration. You will be missed Shawn. I am thankful to have been a small piece of your big life!

  24. Shawn Marie I am sure that Momma Jo was waiting for you when you arrived. Blessed be beautiful girl. To Shawn’s family our deepest sympathies and prayers for healing.

  25. Shawn was the best friend I will ever know . I can’t say enough about how her faith that was high as the mountains. The past year was such a test of this faith. Her message was always soft and loving but mixed with strength and grace. She have put everyone first in this world. I pray you have peace and enjoy the heaven Christ has prepared only for you.
    Love , Mimi

  26. I’m going to miss you so much!! Words cannot express the emptiness in my heart. I still cannot believe that you’re gone. You were gone so quickly and I’m struggling.

    I smile when I think about growing up and the memories I hold close to my heart. You had the most beautiful heart and I love you for that. Always positive and laughing and so loving of your family and friends.

    It will take some time but I will heal as you rejoice in the arms of the Lord. Please give your mom a hug from me.

    Love you always and forever.

  27. Shawn was the best friend I will ever know . I can’t say enough about how her faith that was high as the mountains. The past year was such a test of this faith. Her message was always soft and loving but mixed with strength and grace. She put everyone first in this world. I pray you have peace and enjoy the heaven Christ has prepared only for you.
    Love , Mimi

  28. Mark and your kids, Donna and Willie. I’m so very sorry to hear about Shawn’s passing. She always had a beautiful smile on her face! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! May god bless.

  29. Tami, So sorry for your loss. Please know that we are with you and your family during this painful time. Shawn was such a great mother, grandmother and Sister. She will be greatly missed.

  30. Shawn, you always had a smile on your face. May you rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  31. This is a sad way to hear about classmates. I remember Shawn as cheerful and caring of others. God’s blessings to you all.

  32. Heartbreaking news and I hope you can find comfort and peace. I remember Shawn as a class act. She was as sweet as she was Beautiful. She did light up a room with her presence. A joy to be around. She truly will be missed. RIP Shawn.

  33. Mark, so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife. We pray that God will comfort you during this difficult time.

  34. Mark and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that god’s grace will bring you some comfort and ease your pain and carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you and our hearts are hurting for all of you.
    Jack and Barb Smit and families

  35. My son and my family. There are no words. I will miss you, my sweet shawnie.i wish I could have helped you to ease your pain. You will forever be in my heart and will love you always, til we meet again.

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