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April 21, 2013

Mary Helen Growt Died April 8, 2013

FRANKFORT — Mary Helen Growt, 96, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Maples. She was born on May 31, 1916, in Romeo, the daughter of Howard and Lena Bliss. Her family moved to Highland Park when she was a small child.

She graduated from High Park High School and Detroit Commercial College.

She worked as a secretary for General Motors Overseas Operations. Mary Helen moved to Addison in 1943 and worked as a secretary to the Family Community Project.

She married Dr. Bowers Hewitt Growt, who preceded her in death in 1945.

She was a member of the Addison United Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and the church clerk for 26 years. Mary Helen was also a 4-H Leader, Girl Scout Leader and the advisor to the Senior Girl Scouts of the Jackson Council.

Mary Helen was part owner of The Little Shop, a yarn and needlecraft shop, eventually taking on full ownership. She taught classes in knitting, needlepoint and counted cross stitch. When she moved to Frankfort in 1984 she reopened The Little Shop in the back of Classen’s Children’s Clothing Store, continuing to teach classes in needlecraft. She retired in 1996 at the age of 80.

Mary Helen was a member of the First Congregational Church in Frankfort, where she was the Prayer-Chain Chairman and a member of the Women’s Fellowship.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzie (Bill) Anderson, of Beulah; grandsons, Michael (Tara), of Wilberforce, Ohio, Will (Andrea), of Traverse City, Tim (Jen), of Greenbrae, Calif., and Matt (Jess), of Classen; six great grandchildren; and sister, Betty Sharef, of Citrus Springs, Fla.

Also preceding her in death was her sister, Jean Schroeder, of Westbrook, Conn.

A memorial service is scheduled for July 22, 2013, at noon, at the First Congregational Church in Frankfort, with Dinah Haag officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.

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