Jessie C.R. Brett

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Jessie C.R. Brett

June 24, 2018

Jessie Coulter-Rankin Brett, nee Munn, formerly of Traverse City, left this world Sunday, June 24, in Edmond, Oklahoma, to return to a Scottish heaven. Born in Glasgow she made this country her home for 58 years - most of them spent in Michigan.
Self-educated, Jessie was a businesswoman and entrepreneur who owned and operated the former Cedar Lake Motel for many years. An avid crafter and artisan she could knit a stove out of steel wool. She was a woman who said, "I can," and then she did.
Regardless of decades in this country, her Scottish brogue stubbornly remained one of her most charming features. But more importantly, she was a loyal friend and a fierce protector of her children for whom there were no limits to her generosity of spirit and time. A hard working woman, she taught her children the same, and when the going got tough she kept moving forward, often saying, "Keep your head up, don't forget you're British."
Her salty humor and strength will live on through her four children and seven grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Brett Petty (Mike), whom she called her own "Mary Poppins"; her daughter, Lorna Brett, whom she called her "fighter for lost causes"; her only son, Steven Brett (Michelle), who says, "She made me the man I am,"; and her baby, Heather Brett, who was her touchstone every day and whose loving and giving nature she admired greatly. It was Heather who was lucky enough to have cared for her in her last years.
Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Arthur Brett.
Still living and loving her are her sister, Mary Rickard (David), of England; her daughter-in-law, Michelle Brett, whom she thought of as her own daughter; and her grandchildren, Jarod Kelly, Steven Hill, Emily Glickman, Mikayla Brett, Jessie Wheeler, Jack Wheeler and Jackson Howard.
Jessie's friends in Florida, where she lived during her golden years, gave her some of the best times of her life. The laughter and shenanigans will never be forgotten.
A celebration of life for Jessie will be held at Bluewater Hall, 13424 S. West Bayshore Drive, Traverse City, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. We invite you to share your memories; join us for lunch and raise a glass with cheer and remember the happy times.
In lieu of flowers, Jessie would want her friends to take a walk, go to the beach, make a campfire and have a shandy.
Published on September 9, 2018
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