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Larrestine McKanders-Trimm

Trimm Larrestine

On Thursday, June 18, 2020 Larrestine Amanda McKanders-Trimm of Youngtown, Arizona was called home to be with our Lord and Savior.

Larrestine was born Jun 15, 1943 in Jackson, Mississippi to Addye Nell (Norwood) McKanders and Julius Aaron McKanders. Larrestine confessed to Christ at an early age at Second Baptist Church in Inkster, Michigan. She graduated from Inkster High School and was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Michigan State Unitversity (MSU.) While attending MSU she became a member and President of the MSU chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. After graduating from college Larrestine worked for the State of Michigan for over 25 years. During her career and after retirement she independently published articles in magazines and other publications.

Larrestine was married to Lawrence N. Trimm from 1971 to 1984. Three children were born to this union: David Lawrence, Ian Christiann and Justin Larren. Larrestine loved her children and family. She was an avid reader and she loved gardening and cooking.

Larrestine is preceded in beath by her mother, Addye Nell McKanders-Smith, her father, Rev. Julius Aaron McKanders I, he brother Rev. Julius Aaron McKanders II, and her brother Eddie Thornton Smith.

Precious and everlasting memories will live in the hearts of those who knew and loved Larrestine as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Celebrating her homegoing are her beloved children, David Trimm of Phoenix, Arizona; Ian Trimm of Lansing, Michigan; and Justin Trimm of Lansing, Michigan; her beloved grandchildren, Anyssa and Elijah Trimm of Lansing, Michigan; her beloved siblings, Geralyn McKanders-Neal (Husband Clarence) of Goodyear, Arizona; Kenneth A. McKanders (wife Carolyn) of Litchfield Park, Arizona; Landers McKanders of Romulus, Michigan; Brenda McKanders-Greene of Centerline, Michigan; and Donna McKanders of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by her beloved sister-in-law’s; Cherlyn McKanders (wife of Julius – deceased) of Washington Township, Michigan; Pamela Smith (wife of Eddie – deceased) of Dallas, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Larrestine, thanks for being special in touching our lives with a love that still remains. Your strong and gentle way will be missed by all. For you, the rain has stopped. The sun is out. Be warm in it, until we see you again.

A celebration of Larrestine’s life will be held at a later date. The family is grateful for your understanding. We appreciate your prayers and messaged of sympathy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a  donation be made in memory of Larrestine Mckanders-Trimm to the American Heart Association: www.heart.org

19 Comments on “Larrestine McKanders-Trimm

  1. Dear Larrestine, you will be Missed so very much, you were a great friend to me, I will miss our chats, hanging out going to the movies, and especially our trip to the Holy Land, to walk the paths that Jesus walked, and now you are walking with him..Rip your friend Carrie Williams

  2. RAIN

    Rain falls at the expense of a tear,
    And yes, we feel you near;
    Our love is still, so dear.

    Can we remember your slight, but warm smile?
    As certain as we can see sunshine chase the rain away.

    Can a cloud shade a silver lining?
    Not if we let our memories of good times
    shine through our cloudy days.

    You showed us how, with grace and elegance,
    to go for what we want in life, and not give up,
    and not give in.
    What then, can be said?

    Thank you.
    Thanks for being special in touching our lives
    with a love, that still remains.

    Your strong and gentle way
    Will be missed by all, as we recall
    the way you used to say,
    “Oh Child, you may just have to do what you need to do.”
    Which usually meant, ‘Do what’s best for you.’

    For you, the rain has stopped.
    The Sun is out. Be warm in it,
    until we see you again.

    Love you, ‘my dear’.

    Brenda Adams-Sage

  3. Larrestine, was very special to us. Her passing came to soon. We loved her like a second Mom. We will cherish all the plays, Lua, black history celebration, comedy shows, dinners etc with her. Even when she moved about an hour from us we still enjoyed getting together for her Birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday’s. Thank you Lord for the time you allowed us with this special lady.

  4. Larrestine, affectionately referred to by family as “Sister”, your little brother Kenny continues to send you love and prayers. While it is impossible to cite here all of my fond memories of you, I remember how attentive and nurturing you were when you watched me while Mom worked; I recall the many holidays we spent growing up with you and sister Geri beautifully and uniquely decorating our home during the Christmas holidays; I recall your 16th birthday celebration that included your purchasing and playing the 45 record single “Sixteen Candles”; I recall how proud I was when you appeared several times on a locally televised Detroit dance show for teens; I recall your teen crush on “Johnny Mathis” and one of your favorite groups “Little Anthony and the Imperials”. You and Geri, both Michigan State U. grads, were my inspiration for attending MSU. Blessed memories continued into our adult lives. Carolyn and I always enjoyed seeing you and your beautiful sons during the many visits and dinners our families shared. We also enjoyed visiting you after you moved to Arizona and I feel blessed to have spent the past two years residing close to you here in Arizona. Sister, our love is everlasting, LOVE NEVER FAILS.

  5. Family. I have never seen Larrestine without a smile. I have never heard a softer, more pleasant voice from anyone ever. Thinking back, to me, she was such a beauty always, with a quiet strength and a calming presence. I remember my cousin most for her sweet and loving character. May God keep her in His loving arms.

  6. Larestine, most special and pure of heart. You will be missed Cuz, but left the wisom behind for us to realize God don’T make no mistakes. REST IN PEACE, LOVE YOU CUZ.

  7. Larrestine …you were soft spoken and always kind with words. I have many fond memories of family functions. So much love amongst us all. Please give the family hugs from the girls and I, and give Ed a kiss as well. Your sister in law, Pamela and nieces Kandace and Ashley

  8. Cousin Larrestine,
    God has called you home and your suffering is over. You kept a strong since of family and I thank you for that. May God continue to strengthen your family in your absence.

  9. Larrestine,
    Your loving brother Kenneth and sister Geralyn will cherish your memory and hold you close to their hearts forever. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

  10. I thank God for my very loving and kind cousin Larrestine. She was a blessing and so beauty from the inside, where it counts, and outward. Often I would think of Larrestine and recall being a 4-year old, and she was a teenager. She took the time to listen with a smile and gentle encouragement to me for my childish concerns. I can ever forget how special she made make me feel. Praying for her dear sons, and my cousins Ken and Geralyn. Love you much!

  11. Larrestine you were such a loving sister-in-law. l have many wonderful memories of conversations we shared, family dinners, and that special laughter you brought us as well as your love for family. Rest my sister… Precious memories of your love will always remain ♥️

  12. May God’s grace and unconditional love be with each and every family member, Friends and love ones.

  13. Larrestine,
    Your loving brother Kenneth and sister Geralyn will cherish your memory and hold you close to their hearts forever. May God’s continued grace and love bring peace and comfort to the family today and always.

  14. Dear Larrestine,
    God loves you with an infinite Love.
    Go peacefully into God’s loving arms.
    Be cherished without expectations.
    Be forgiven without memory of transgressions.
    Be fully expressed without judgment.
    Such is the Goodness and Grace of God.
    You are embraced. Rest Well.
    You will remain in my heart as a loving, sweet fellow spiritual seeker. Your sister-in-law. Carolyn

  15. Thank you, mom for the wonderful memories that I cherish. Thank you for raising me to become a positive person. I will always keep you in my heart. Lord, please give me the strength to go on with my life, I hope that I will make new friends that will look out for me and Ian. Have fun up in heaven, Mom!! I love you always!!😂

  16. What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us. – Helen Keller

    Dearest Aunt Larrestine; my fondest childhood memories are filled with loving family celebrations with you, David, Ian and Justin. Our family celebrations were always filled with laughter and joy. Christmases were filled with the spirit of giving and sharing close meals together. For all of my graduations and life celebrations you were there beaming with love and support. Loving memories of holidays, celebrations and gatherings with family will always remain near and dear to my heart. Thank you for sharing your kind and loving spirit with us. I carry your love with me each day of my life.

    🙏🏽 My condolences to cousin Ian, Justin and David. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rest in Heaven in Love & Light, Your Niece Karla McKanders ❤️❤️

  17. Larrestine,

    You were such a kind and sweet aunt. I will always hold on to the beautiful childhood memories of family celebrations and holidays spent together. These gatherings were always filled with lots of love and laughter. Thank you for blessing all of us with your beautiful spirit.

  18. My dear sister Larrestine May you rest in eternal peace. I have always loved and admired you. I will never forget attending your graduation ceremony when you graduated from MSU. May the God of all comfort comfort you friends, family and loved ones.

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