MESICK — On Feb. 28, 2013, Noureen moved from her earthly home to her eternal home in Heaven. On March 28, 1941, she was born to the late Donald J. and Florence (Hoyt) Rector in Grand Rapids.
In 1964 she graduated as a Registered Nurse at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She proudly worked as an OB Charge Nurse in the late ‘70s at the Osteopathic Hospital in Traverse City. She was hired at the State Hospital in the early ‘80s. From there she worked at Arnell Engstrom Children’s State Hospital and Pontiac State Hospital. After retiring from the State of Michigan, she spent time working at the Grand Traverse Pavilions and at Munson Medical Center, where she made some lifelong friends.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved having a large crowd of people over for a meal, especially Navajo Tacos. She learned how to cook them when she became an “adopted” sister of Albert Buck and his Navajo family in New Mexico. This family connection has continued through many generations.
Noureen had many interests - most of which revolved around her church, family and home. She loved the Lord with her whole being and enjoyed singing old hymns and teaching others songs that would talk about how God loves us.
The tight-knit family Noureen loved so much will miss her more than words can express. While her daughters, Maishelle Heath King and Janette (Dan) Davis, were growing up, Noureen was a single mom She taught them to love the Lord, honor and respect others and serve others when and where needed. She continued teaching those values to her grandchildren, of whom she was very proud, Tia (Wesley) Davis Johnson, Allison King and Daniel, Isaac and Roby Davis.
She also taught them about cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, knitting and crocheting, just to name a few of her many talents.
She also leaves behind her brothers and sisters, whom she adored and loved. During different times in her life they all leaned on each other to get through the hard times. Noureen was blessed to have wonderful siblings, Donald (Lawrene) Rector, Walt (Barb) Rector, Marge (Jerry) Ritter, Kristie (Lonny) Penny, JD Rector, Robin Rector and Rex Rector.
Noureen also loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own children. She was lovingly known as Aunt Rean and even as Grandma to others.
Noureen had a wonderful relationship with her in-laws from her first marriage. She will be missed by so many.
In 2005 she married Lloyd Soules, and together they enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and gardening. They also raised the joy of her life, Tilly, their yorkiepoo.
On May 18, 2013, at 1 p.m., there will be a memorial service held at Mt. Zion Family Worship Center, Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial to Traverse Life Center, 3050 S. Airport Road W., Traverse City, MI 49684. This non-profit organization gives from the heart, just as Noureen always did.