Margaret Shorter (Voakes)
Margaret Jean Shorter 73 of Harrison passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018 at MidMichigan Health-Midland. Margaret was born October 1, 1944 in Highland Park, Michigan, the daughter of Robert James and Ora Viola (Jones) Voakes. Margaret was married to Mr. Garry John Shorter Sr. from 1963-1982.
Mrs. Shorter had resided in Harrison since the mid 1980’s, coming from Algonac, Michigan. Margaret owned and operated Taffy’s This n That in Harrison. Margaret enjoyed playing video games, downloading and listening to audio books, decorating and celebrating all holidays, cooking and baking her famous cookies and candies. She was a great mother not only to her children, but to everyone.
Surviving are her two loving children, one daughter, Amanda Shorter of Harrison, one son, Garry John Shorter Jr. also of Harrison, one sister, Mary Jane Voakes of Algonac, Michigan, two brothers; Thomas Voakes of Richmond, Michigan and Richard “Dick” Voakes of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, her very best friend, Merry Mathews of Harrison, plus many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Shorter was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; William Voakes and Robert Voakes and her beloved dog Patches.
Family and friends are encouraged to gather for a time of sharing and visitation on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. at Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison. Memorial gifts in memory of Margaret may be considered to the Shorter Family, in care of: Amanda Shorter. To share an online memory or condolence with Margaret’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mrs. Shorter are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.