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Mary P. Carruthers

It is with great sadness that Heaven gained another Angel. Mary Pauline (Wyant, Vandervort) Carruthers passed away December 4, 2023.

She was born August 17, 1936 in Pennsylvania and on February 14, 1953 she married and started her family with Jim Vandervort. Together they had four children: Ken (Linda) Vandervort, Stan (Mardella) Vandervort, Dorothy (Don Stoughton) Jorgensen, Randy Vandervort, and son-in-law Jerry Jorgensen and step-children John (Bobbye) Carruthers.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, son: Randy Vandervort, and great grandsons: Aiden & Landen Jorgensen. Mary lived a long, full life and she was loved dearly by all her family and friends.

On Aug. 28, 1998 she retired from Parker Hannifin and she married Dick Carruthers May 13, 2005. Her favorite things to do were traveling, bowling, golfing, going to church, eating out with family/friends, going to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events and having family get-togethers.

Through the years, she traveled all over the world! She got to see most of the United States and also traveled overseas to China and Europe. She was very active in the community and on the board for many bowling/golf leagues and Church Committees, which she truly enjoyed. Mary also volunteered with Hospice.

There are so many amazing people that she became close with, and those friendships meant the world to her. Thank you for all the love and support during this time.

The visitation will be this Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, MI.

The Memorial will be 11:00-12:00 pm and the luncheon will immediately follow next door at Liquid Note.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Compassus Hospice of Kalamazoo, Michigan, in memory of Mary Carruthers.

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Peggy Senior

December 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Aunt Mary, you will be missed. It provided such comfort to know that you where a phone call away. I hope you and Mom are having a good time in heaven. No doubt if there are bowling balls in heaven the two of you will be rolling a few frames.

My heart is heavy thinking about all you have left behind. The love you shared and received from your family is such an amazing gift. Memories abound and will be treasured.

All my love,

Your niece Peggy


Cindi Cooper

December 5, 2023 at 4:47 pm

I never Won so many games of bowling as I did with Mary on my bowling league! She was a great Lady!


Erin Mishler

December 5, 2023 at 5:11 pm

I met Mary several years ago through her grand daughter, Angela. Mary was always kind, funny and hospitable. She made me feel like part of the family from the start. I sincerely offer my condolences to Dorothy, Angela, Jen, Sam, Deven and the rest of her family. I know this is a tough loss.


Leon m. Harter Jr.

December 5, 2023 at 6:34 pm

It is with a heavy heart that I send all my condolences to Ken, Stan and Dorothy on the loss of their mother Mary. Prayers to all of you.


Randi Haskins

December 5, 2023 at 6:50 pm

I’m sorry for your family’s loss. She was nice and kind to my kids always. I’m truly heartbroken for my Grandpa.


Robin Tullock

December 5, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Oh my goodness Heaven really has a good one. Mary was such a sweetheart and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they have lost a golden heart. Rest well sweet Mary.


Kathi Fuss

December 5, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Sending love, prayers and thoughts, to Dorothy in the loss of your mom


John Carruthers

December 5, 2023 at 8:01 pm

God just received another Angel. You are loved and always will be by us left here on earth. PS. If you Put in a couple good words for me I just might see you up there.


Deb Harrington

December 7, 2023 at 8:00 am

So sorry to hear this. Had the pleasure of seeing her recently when she can into Hart’s. Worked for many years with her at Parker. Prayers of peace to her family.


Beverly Hilton

December 7, 2023 at 5:11 pm

I met Mary through bowling ,she was always smiling , and a great person,she will be missed!


Tammy Leonard

December 8, 2023 at 5:46 pm

With deepest sympathy in the loss of Your loved one…. I worked with Mary for many years at Parker Hannifin in Richland and enjoyed her Attitude! GOD Bless


Karyn Smith

December 8, 2023 at 11:55 pm

Our thoughts and prayers for Mary, Dick and the family. Mary you will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace.

Sincerely, Your Neighbor

Karyn and Barry Smith


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