Mary A. Allen

Mary A. Allen

Mary passed away, Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings where she spent her final days in the care of the Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

She was born September 30, 1930 in Plainwell the daughter of Robert and Fannie (Brown) Adams. She was a lifelong resident of the area and had lived at Baraga Manor where she made many new friends and reconnected with several she had known in her younger years. Mary was a retired bookkeeper and along with her husband had owned and operated an area dry cleaning business. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, knitting, going to the casino, shopping, wintering in Florida, spending time with her family and friends and playing a good game of cards, especially when she was winning. She met Loren Allen on a blind date and on February 23, 1951 they were married in Plainwell and spent 50 years together until his passing in 2001. Mary was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Surviving are her daughter, Teri (Dan) Shipman of Middleville; grandchildren, Matthew (Jenny) Ward of Wayland, Steven (Chenney) Ward of Grand Rapids and Melissa Allen of Portage; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Nick, Lauren, Sebastian and Ronan Ward; sister, Joan Nelson of Largo, FL and her sisters-in-law, Beverly Sleeman of Kalamazoo and Zoan Allen of Plainwell along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Nicole Ward; siblings, Betty Adams and Richard Adams; sisters-in-law, Lois Adams, Janice Miller and Ruth Allen; brother-in-law, Orville Allen and by her father and mother-in-law, Melvin and Gertrude Allen.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family starting at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Molly Wieber officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Mended Little Hearts of West Michigan.

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  1. Billy & julie Shannon says:

    Have alot of great memories of Aunt Mary!!!

  2. William and Tina Wilson says:

    I loved how she liked chocolate, always asking at family gatherings if any one brought chocolate cake, I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Mary will be greatly missed.

  3. Nancy Harrington, niece says:

    She will be missed…the one fun memory I have of her is when I was a teenager and she spotted me in a car with a boy and told my parents…she got me in trouble. It’s funny in hindsight….Rest in Peace Aunt Mary.

  4. Karen Headley Howrigon says:

    Teri so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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