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Mary Ann (MacDonald) Perry

October 17, 2012
The Mining Journal

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Mary Ann Perry, 74, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully Monday morning, October 15, 2012, at the Westgate Nursing Home following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Mary Ann was born and raised in Negaunee, Michigan and graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1956. She was very involved during high school; starring in school plays, cheerleading, serving on the student council and getting straight A's, which earned her a full scholarship to Western Michigan University. While there, she met and married her first husband, settled in Livonia, MI, and raised three children.

She was first and foremost a wonderful mom who shuttled her kids to hockey and ballet, helped them through school and lifted them up with guidance, love and support. Mary Ann was known for her keen intelligence, wicked sense of humor and her kind heart.

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Mary Ann (MacDonald) Perry

She loved to make porcelain dolls, taking long motorcycle trips with her husband Don, and was a voracious reader. Mary Ann excelled as a purchasing agent, financial planner and business owner, but her favorite job was being a grandmother and spoiling her grandkids with toys and laughter.

Surviving are her husband, Don Perry, who was at her side when she passed; 3 children: David, Daniel and Deanna; 5 grandchildren: David, Joe, Ian, Danny and Mac; numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Ann will be buried in the Negaunee Cemetery beside her sister, Katie, and her wonderful parents, Donald and Helen MacDonald. After a long and brave struggle, her suffering is over and she is home.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Negaunee with Rev. James Martindale officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 1:00 p.m. at the church on Thursday. Mary Ann's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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