Mary Ann Carlson, age 74 of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Elizabeth (Bowman) Fessenden.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Becky (Tom) Ruiter of Rockford, Marilyn Carlson of Rockford; sons, Tom Carlson of Rockford, Eric Carlson of Rockford; grandson, Kevin (Grace) Ruiter of Muskegon; sisters, June (Jim) Squires of Croton, Ellen VanHouten of Martin; brothers, Ray (Estella) Fessenden of Rockford, Sam (Patty) Fessenden of Cannonsburg, Mike (Biruta) Fessenden of Belmont; special friend, Leroy Addis of Rockford and many nieces and nephews.
A great cook and baker, Mary was known for her delicious treats, especially her sticky buns. She enjoyed wintering in Texas and Arizona, going to estate sales, where she would always leave with something. She also enjoyed collecting rocks, gardening, reading books and working on puzzles. One of Mary’s favorite places was Lake Michigan where she would enjoy listening to the waves as they crashed upon the shore, but Mary’s favorite thing was family and friends and she will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Visitation with Mary’s family is being held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 4 – 7 PM at the Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church (10295 Myers Lake Ave., NE, Rockford).
Funeral services will also be held at the church on Monday, November 20, 2017 beginning at 11 AM with Pastor Kim DeLong officiating. Mary’s family will also be receiving friends and family on Monday from 10 AM until the start of the service at 11 AM. Final interment will be at the White Swan Cemetery.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mary’s memory the family suggests donations be directed to the Greenville Public Library and envelopes will be available at the church during the visitation and funeral.