Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 30, 2013

Mary Jane Smith Died Nov. 27, 2013

GLEN ARBOR — Mary Jane Smith, a longtime resident of Glen Arbor, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at her home. She was 92.

Mary Jane was born on Nov. 29, 1920, in Grand Rapids, to William and Mabel Kleaver. The family moved to East Grand Rapids when she was still very young. She had no brothers or sisters.

Following graduation from East Grand Rapids High School Mary Jane entered Oberlin Conservatory of Music to study harp, transferring the following year to Michigan State University, where she became a member of Alpha Phi Sorority.

On Nov. 24, 1943, she married John Robert Smith at The Little Church Around The Corner in New York City. The couple eventually settled in Rosedale Park, Detroit, where they lived for many years, raising two daughters, Carolyn and Nancy, and where they were members of Eighth Christian Science Church.

Mary Jane was able to enjoy each summer beginning in 1952 with her family at their cottage on Sleeping Bear Bay, Glen Arbor. Mary Jane and John retired to a new home there in 1976.

Mary Jane was devoted to her family and friends. Over the years she enjoyed entertaining, traveling, arts and crafts of all types and bridge, which she played often with many friends. She was an expert knitter and taught family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, John; and daughter, Nancy Smith.

Mary Jane is survived by her much loved daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Gary Ballou; a grandson, Jeffrey Ballou; a granddaughter, Carrie Ballou; and a great-granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Jackson.

Per Mary Jane’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Mary Jane was a lifelong dog owner, and the family requests that she be remembered through contributions to a local humane society or to Myotonic Dystrophy, PO Box 29543, San Francisco, CA 94129.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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