Charlene was born November 16, 1951 in Holland, Michigan to Charles and Stella Crittenden. Charlene was an only child, but grew up with her cousins Cheryl and Christy that she looked upon as older sisters. Charlene attended the University of Michigan for her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Charlene and Don met at a Christian camp in the summer of 1973. They were wed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in July 26, 1975. Don and Charlene had two sons, Matthew born 12/24/1976 and James 05/19/1978. They celebrated 41 years of marriage until Don’s passing on 10/16/2016. Charlene was a secretary for some years, until later staying home as a dedicated home maker. Charlene was also a survivor of breast cancer! Charlene was a strong, and resilient woman that fought a hard battle and won. Charlene is survived by her son, Matthew Hoyt and his wife Jamie and their children Lillian and Madeline. Charlene has many family members and friends she leaves behind that she loved dearly. Charlene enjoyed her times gardening, shopping and reading the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. Charlene was a living testament of sharing encouraging words and the Lords scriptures through handwritten letters. She will truly be missed!