Mary A. Rouse

Mary A. Rouse

Mary passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born May 25, 1950 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Lamphere) Austin. Mary had worked at many area factories and had operated a daycare out of her home. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego where she had been head of the prayer chain and had been part of the True Blue Sunday school. Mary had volunteered to run the Otsego Christian Academy’s lunch program, had been a teacher’s aide and helped plan and organize the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, quilting, going on shopping trips to Shipshewana and attending quilting shows. On December 6, 1974 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego she married Rex Rouse who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Richard (Jessica) Rouse of FL and Tiffany Rouse of Otsego; granddaughter, Sylvia Rouse; siblings, Arlene (Kerri) Keith, Dolores “Dolly” (David) Nicholson, Betty (Dan) Dennany, Roger (Jamie) Austin, Gary (Sharon) Austin and Brian (Kathy) Austin; mother-in-law, Marie Rouse; sister-in-law, Tammy Austin and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Cliff and Dennis, father-in-law, Richard B. Rouse and sister-in-law, Gail Goff.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family starting at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Otsego Christian Academy Scholarship Fund or to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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  1. Lydia Hutchens says:

    Dearest Rex, Tiffany, and family,
    What a precious woman Mary was! How your hearts must ache. We weep with you but not as those who have no hope. Praise God we will see her again when our time comes to be called to our true home. God be with you in a very special way-that you may truly have His peace and comfort.

  2. Teri (Filkins) Laster says:

    Rex & family I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you as well as prayers for peace.

  3. Sally Thaxton Betzner says:

    Words can not express my feelings about your loss except AM sending my prayers and love to extended family

  4. Sue marsh says:

    Sorry for your lost god be with you and the kids

  5. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Rex, Arlene, and families. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with all of you. What a week you have had. I could not believe it when we were at Ruth’s visitation Thursday evening, Rex, when you told me you had lost Mary the evening before and I didn’t think that I had heard you right, and you told me again and I could not believe my ears. I did not know that Mary had been battling such illness. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that your special and fond memories will help guide you all through the coming days and months ahead. Take care now.

  6. Bob and Joyce Bloom says:

    Sympathy to all the family. RIP Mary

  7. barbara menter says:

    rex and family i am sorry about your lost but you guys know she is in a better place and she will always be in your hearts

  8. Willard,Shelley,and Dora Campbell says:

    Rex and family we are so Sorry for your loss.You and your family are in are thoughts and prayers

  9. Ralph Gates (Hickory NC) says:

    Sorry for the loss of Mary from this earth, many prayers for you and your family

  10. Angie Leopold says:

    Dear Rex and Tiffany,
    A special note of condolence from me and my family to yours.

    Your sweet wife and mom will be missed.

    Love, Angie (DeCook) Leopold, and my husband and babies

  11. Gary & Susie Curtiss says:

    Rex and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Aunt Bea & Family says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all. May God’s loving arms surround you during this difficult time.

  13. Clara Austin says:

    Dear Rex and family I share your sorrow of losing someone very special to us all! She surely did enjoy the good days of her life and was very strong until the end! She will be missed by everyone for her kindness and loving ways, may god be with you all at this sad time and I will keep you in my thoughs and prayers, love to all!

  14. Tim, Lori, Sarah and Daniel Beason says:

    Rex and Tiffany,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your wife and mom. I am so glad that I was able to talk to you and Mary at the post office this winter. We had no idea about Mary’s health struggles. We loved Mary. She was a sweet, generous lady. We have great memories of your family’s friendship and youth group parties at your home. We have great pictures of Daniel playing and having fun in your pool, too. We will miss not seeing Mary and her smile around town. You all have a special place in our hearts. Please, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, The Beason Family-Tim, Lori, Sarah and Daniel

  15. Bob & Barb Fuller says:

    Rex, Marie and family, We are so sorry for your loss.
    You are all in our prayers.

  16. Steve and Becky Swope says:

    We are very sorry to hear Rex. We will be praying for you and your family.

  17. Alice Comai says:

    Rex, So sorry about your loss,
    As long as Mary is in your heart she will always be
    walking with you.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.


  18. Karen Cowles says:

    Dear Rex,

    I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s struggles. I know you will miss her and her beautiful smile. I am holding you and your family in my heart.
    I love you Rex.

  19. Kim Arndt says:

    Austin and Rouse Families…Praying God gives you strength to to bear the losses you have endured. Mary and Ruth will be missed by all.

  20. Carman ( Weiss ) Merriam says:

    Rex, so sorry. You have my deepest condolences.

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