TRAVERSE CITY — Marceline “MawMaw” D. Essary, 83, peacefully entered Heaven’s gates Jan. 21, 2014, in Traverse City. She was born in Lubbock, Texas, July 5, 1930, to Murray and Vesta Glasscock.
In 1947 her aunt, Anne Sipe, introduced her to a young man recently home from his stint in the U.S. Navy, Ruben Essary. After a short six-week courtship they married in Lubbock, Texas. Their love story continued for 57 years until his final celebration of life in 2005.
Their family grew to six daughters and many other “daughters” who made her home their home, too. She always had room for one more - sometimes two or three. It was never quiet at the Essary house and everyone felt welcome.
They lived in Lubbock, Denver City and Quanah, Texas. Their final transfer with Shell Oil Company in 1970 was to Michigan, where they enjoyed beautiful summers, colorful autumns, cold winters and the rebirth of the land each spring.
After retirement they traveled often and especially enjoyed Hawaii and South Padre Island, Texas, for several weeks each winter. In recent years she lived at Kalkaska Assisted Living and had many friends among the staff and residents. She often told others, “I really like where I live.”
She had an unwavering faith in God and was a living example of a Proverbs 31 woman. Her children do indeed “rise up and call her blessed.” A member of the Kalkaska Church of Christ, Kalkaska, she lived the “Greatest Commandment” – to love God with all her heart, soul and mind and the “Second Commandment” – to love her neighbor as herself.
She was mother, mother-in-love, grandmother, great-grandmother and soon to be great-great-grandmother to 131; six daughters and six sons-in law, Kay and Bob Nelson, of Elk Rapids, Cheryl and Randall Ryan, of Childress, Texas, Pam and Kenneth Horton, of Quanah, Texas, Melissa and Tim Leftwich, of Rociada, N.M., Terry and David Babcock, of Kalkaska, and Kim and Mike Babcock, also of Kalkaska. Her life was further blessed by 24 grandchildren and 23 spouses, 70 great-grandchildren (soon to be 71) and one great-great-grandchild (soon to be born).
Her family, after God, was her life. Her greatest legacy is they all know and love the Lord.
She loved to shop and being mostly confined to a wheelchair in recent years barely slowed her down. However, most often her purchases were for others. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, the Hallmark Channel and visits with family and friends and hugs and shouts of “MawMaw” from the children in her life. People were drawn to her smile and quiet manner, often telling her “their life story” because she was so easy to talk with.
As her short, final illness progressed to her heavenly celebration day, she was enveloped in love by her family and friends. The staff at Kalkaska Assisted Living became her friends, and their friendship and caring compassion brought her a lot of joy. That compassionate care continued at Munson Medical Center. Her comfort and peace were their priority, which brought her family peace as well.
Friends are invited to join the family for visitation today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kalkaska Funeral Home and before services on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Kalkaska Church of Christ. The service to celebrate her life will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Kalkaska Church of Christ, at 11 a.m. A luncheon reception for family and friends will immediately follow in the Fellowship Center.
The family is sincerely grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, support and random acts of kindness shown to us as our dear Mom-Momma-MawMaw traveled her final earthly days.
Memorial donations may be directed to Kalkaska Church of Christ, 1725 W. Kalkaska Road NW, Kalkaska, MI 49646.
Friends and family can share memories of Marceline at www.kalkaskafuneralhome.com.
Kalkaska Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family to direct Marceline’s final care.