Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2012

Mary Ann Putney


TRAVERSE CITY — What a beautiful fall morning, the sun was shining and the birds were singing and God said, "Mary, it is time to walk with me today." Mary Ann Putney passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at home.

She was born in Chicago on Aug. 24, 1920, to George and Marie Juricek. She grew up in Copemish and later moved back to Chicago and graduated from high school there.

She worked on assembly lines in Chicago during World War II.

On Nov. 24, 1944, at Crystal Lake, Mary married Warren Harold Putney, and they settled down on the Chic-Ah-Gami Farm North of Frankfort and raised cherries and apples, and made maple syrup.

Mary loved to walk outside during all kinds of weather and in the woods picking mushrooms or, after moving to Traverse City, with her walker almost everyday of her life. She loved to garden and grew beautiful flowers and vegetables. Mary loved dolls and collected many going to doll shows and garage sales. She loved sewing and made many quilts for friends and family.

Mary is survived by her son, Warren Lee Putney (Val Chapman), of Arcadia; her daughter, Patricia Putney (David Westphal), of Traverse City; granddaughter, Tami Putney, of Interlochen; grandson, Jeff (Staci) Putney, of Mesick; great-granddaughters, Emma and Madi; great-grandson, Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; her parents; and her brother, George Juricek Jr.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Traverse Area District Library, large print books.

Please visit Mary's personal book of memories to share a story or photo at

Arrangements are in the care of Oak Grove Funeral Home.