Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Homes Inc

105 Capital Avenue North East
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
Calhoun County
(269) 962-5527

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My father passed in July. When the funeral home directors came to collect his remains, I informed them that I – as next of kin – should be consulted regarding the arrangements, as opposed to my stepsister. The following day my husband and I went to the funeral home to finalize arrangements for my father’s services. The director assigned to us, Andrew Emerson, told us that my stepsister had the authority, through legal documents, to make all the decisions regarding my father’s services. After having been asked to produce those papers, he consulted with his supervisor and returned with a Durable Power of Attorney appointing my stepsister as my father’s agent. He told us that his supervisor reviewed the document, and the document did NOT apply to the funeral arrangements. (The document includes “However, the POA ceases at the moment of the death of the principal.”) All through the discussion regarding the arrangements, Mr. Emerson kept referring to my stepsister. I told him very clearly that what my stepsister had proposed had no bearing on the matter, and further, that my stepsister’s family should make arrangements for a separate memorial service, because the funeral was to be a quiet remembrance for my father’s biological family and friends. Mr. Emerson offered to contact my stepsister regarding my wishes, and I accepted. The following day I spoke with Mr. Emerson. He told me he had contacted my stepsister and that she understood the arrangements were out of her hands, and that my stepsister said her family would be attending the funeral. I informed Mr. Emerson that attendance was unacceptable, and that I would inform my stepsister personally so that the information would be accurately conveyed. I left a very clear message on my stepsister’s voicemail that the funeral was for my father’s biological family and friends, and suggested that my stepsister’s family conduct a separate memorial service. In that way, she could have total control over the arrangements at her services, and there would not be any drama at my father’s funeral. I know my stepsister received the information, because her niece commented on the matter to my son via Facebook. When the pastor I selected as officiate came to visit, he told me he had visited with my stepsister regarding the services. Why my stepsister was informed of my choice of officiate is beyond my understanding. Throughout our conversation, it became clear that my stepsister had given him information regarding the relationship between her and me that was irrelevant to the situation. In the end, the eulogy revolved around my stepsister’s family, and the pastor stumbled awkwardly over the information I provided to give comfort to my aunts and uncles. This would not have happened had the funeral home not provided information to my stepsister. When my family and I arrived at the funeral home the day of the services, I found the chapel full of items brought by my stepsister. I informed Mr. Emerson that most of those items were to be removed. At that point, Mr. Emerson informed me that my stepsister’s family would be attending the services. Another employee of the funeral home inserted herself into the conversation and told me I could not pick and choose who could attend the funeral, because I didn’t specify that the services were to be private. At no point during the planning stage did anyone at the funeral home advise me of the possibility of making the services private! Next, Mr. Emerson told me three persons would be delivering tributes to my father. This was the first time I had been informed of this decision. At the end of the services, I had planned to announce that friends and family were welcome to attend a dinner in my father’s honor at a local restaurant. Because of all the last minute surprises, I was at a loss for how to make the announcement, and there was confusion on the part of the pastor and Mr. Emerson as to who was to make the announcement. As a result, there were twelve people attending an affair arranged for 40 people. Due to the circumstances, it was necessary for me to pay as though all 40 were in attendance. (The restaurant did give me a slight discount due to the lack of attendees.) The appreciation cards provided for mailing after the services referenced only “friends” – nothing about family. I was not consulted on the selection of sentiments in the card. I believe funeral home put my stepsister’s wishes above mine because the president of the company (although now deceased?) used to be a neighbor of my stepsister, and his daughter, who also works at the company, was a playmate of my stepsister when she was young. - ()

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Battle Creek, Michigan Obituaries and News
William Fitzgerald July 13, 2015

Visitation will be held 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday & 9:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Visitation will take place at St. Philip Parish, 92 Capital Ave NE ... (MLive)

Arliss Benham July 08, 2015

She also played for the Battle Creek Bible Church. In June of 2006, and at the age of 86, she retired as the pipe organist for St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Battle Creek. Arliss Benham ... Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek, MI. (Minot Daily News)

Lisetta Rose Barney April 24, 2015

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ina Mae Dornton. Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Michigan, with Pastor Robert Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Memorial Park in ... (news-graphic.com)

Erne, Eugene E. "Gene" March 10, 2015

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek, a Mason and a Shriner ... March 12th at the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). The Graveside Service to celebrate Gene's life will be held ... (MLive)

Geraldine Ann 'Gerry' Valella January 22, 2015

Surviving is her husband of 51-plus years, Vito; her five daughters, Dr. Michelle Valella of Battle Creek, Mich ... also greet friends today from 4 until 7 p.m. at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Ave. (Meadville Tribune)

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