Proos memorializes the late Berrien County Register of Deeds Lori Jarvis

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos on Wednesday gave a memorial tribute on the Senate floor during session in honor of the life and memory of Lori Jarvis.

Jarvis was serving in her fifth term as Berrien County Register of Deeds when she died on June 14 as a result of a car accident.

“Earlier this summer, Southwest Michigan lost not only one of its finest public servants and community leaders, but also a great friend, Lori Jarvis,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As the register of deeds for Berrien County, Lori offered innovative service to ensure accessibility for all county residents. I certainly enjoyed Lori’s passion and bold leadership — whether creating legislation, working together in the community, or visiting at our kids’ soccer games.

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with her husband Butch and their family.”

Jarvis served as the register of deeds for Berrien County since 2000 and had been reelected four times. She was also very active in the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds — serving as secretary, vice president, and then as president.

“Lori served as chair and co-chair of the association’s legislative committee for 18 years and was the go-to person statewide for all registers with questions about the law,” Proos said. “In recognition of Lori’s tremendous service and leadership, she was also recognized twice as the Register of the Year in 2009 and 2016 — the only register in Michigan to have received that honor twice. Lori was passionately devoted to her family, her community and her state. She will certainly be missed.”


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