Joni Lee Starkey Memorial Labyrinth

Joni Starkey

Joni Lee Starkey

Joni Lee Starkey was a beloved member of The Church of the Dunes.  Her passion for missions was only exceeded by her love for her family and her church.  Joni’s faith was strengthened and deepened during her journey with cancer.  It was at that time she had the opportunity to experience a prayer labyrinth.  Joni enthusiastically shared with her friends how walking the labyrinth brought her peace and comfort.

After Joni’s passing in 2011, her friends and family sought a way to honor her memory.

“It is our dream that each person who walks this labyrinth will find peace, hope, comfort, and joy,” shared Gay Cole, member of the United Methodist Women (UMW) and friend of Joni.

“Walking the labyrinth is a very personal experience and should be done in a way that is meaningful to each person,” stated Jill Miller, another UMW member and friend of Starkey.

labyrinthAs an alternative to physically walking the labyrinth, there is also a hand-held labyrinth model that can be traced with a finger.

Visitors are encouraged to use the benches to prepare for the walk or to contemplate the experience afterward.

Additional tools available to use with the labyrinth include laminated cards with hymns, mantras, Bible verses, and writings in areas of thanksgiving and gratitude, comfort, strength and praise.

labyrinth approachThe labyrinth, located behind the church and not far from the Remembrance Garden, was built by friends of Joni Lee Starkey, church member volunteers, and Eagle Scout Jared Whipple.

Special thanks are given to:

  • Church of the Dunes United Methodist Women and the Ruth Circle
  • Dan Starkey family and friends
  • Eagle Scout Jared Whipple and Boy Scout Troup 246
  • Jeff Thomasma
  • Rich, Gay, and Katie Cole
  • Karla Wischmeyer
  • Mike and Suzanne Moynihan
  • Paul and Valerie Martin
  • Dave Parsons
  • Blair and Jill Miller
  • Harold Merz
  • Larry Amstutz
  • Bill Chappell
  • The Stone Zone
  • Grand Haven Garden House


The labyrinth is open seven days a week from dawn to dark.  Walks for organizations or groups can also be scheduled.  For more information, contact the church office, 616-842-7980.