Life Story / Obituary
Mary Ella DeBoef passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, one week shy of her 86th birthday. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Sanders “Ray” Walker Wright and Dora Gail Archer Wright. Mary briefly married and with the help of her parents, raised four children. Mary worked as a meat-wrapper in local grocery stores until she relocated to Kalamazoo in 1975 for her employment. She worked as a baker for many years and is known for her cooking and baking skills. Mary was an avid reader, followed the news of the day and held strong liberal political opinions. Over her life-time she took in many animals and was passionate about caring for her dog companions, learning about the bird families that visited her feeders and observing the ever-changing shades of green and gold of the trees outside her home. Over the years, Mary appreciated a variety of music from her early piano playing days to the bands of the 50’s through the 70’s. She enjoyed sewing for her family, crafting ceramic pieces, decorating, gardening and watching her flowers bloom.
Mary is survived by her four children, Terri Cummins of Howard City, Cristie (Randy) Westrate of Galesburg, Sherri (Brian) Chandler of Muskegon and Robert “Mik” (Lu) DeBoef of Richland; eight grandchildren, Amanda Holmes, Katie Tiller, Robert Schlife, R. Whitman Burns, Mariel Chandler, Anne Morse, Maxwell DeBoef and Emma DeBoef. Mary loved visits and to hear about the lives of her sixteen great-grandchildren, Derek Holmes, Dylan Holmes, Dayton Holmes, Irelyn Holmes, Van Roach, Chloe Burns, Lena Morse, Tyler Knotts, Brooke Tiller, Gabby Schlife, Casey Schlife, Riley Wagner, Abby Dickman, Andrew Dickman, Taylee Spencer and Ambrie Spencer. Mary was preceded in death by her much-loved grandson, Kyle Ray Deforest.
The family is holding a private graveside service at Mona View Cemetery and ask that you remember good times shared with Mary.
Clock Funeral Home- Muskegon