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Mary E. (Hansen) Sculley Meade, age 91, of Greenville, formerly of Lansing and Port Huron, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at her son's home in Almont.  The daughter of Ernest & Bessie (Carlington) Hansen, she was born on January 2, 1924 in Greenville, MI. She was half English but raised Danish and proud of it. She adored her big brother of three years, Ernie Jr., and much of her youth was spent with him and his friends.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Mary Cochran) Sculley of Little Rock, Arkansas, Peter (Cheryl) Sculley of Rising Fawn, Georgia, and Mark (Suzan) Sculley of Almont; her grandchildren, Ashley (Jeff) Cochran Borgsmiller, Jennifer (Chuck) Dickerson Dodd, Laura (Dave) Hale, Julie (John) Zsinor, Keith Gurnsey, Rick Gurnsey, Adam Sculley,  Rami and Renah Farhan, Lucky Sculley; her great grandchildren, Charlie and Lila Borgsmiller, Abby and Maddy Hale, Paeten and John Zsinor, and Kendylle, Kyle and Katlin Gurnsey; and, her nieces, Mary Jo Boomgaard Asmus, Amy Boomgaard Kirk, and Judy Boomgaard Culler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her daughter Karen, her husband George A. Meade, and her dog, Babe.

Mary graduated from Greenville High School, Lutheran Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in later years attended classes at Lansing Community College and St. Clair Community College. While doing this, she was a student of life. People fascinated her; she studied them and how they interacted with the world.

Mary’s career was raising her three sons. Somehow, while she did that, she also worked in the home. She managed a husband, three sons, neighbor kids, multiple dogs, occasional live stock, and even a few pet rats. She was also especially talented as a baker and seamstress. Not only were her special cakes beautiful but they also tasted great! Her imagination and attention to detail made her clothing popular with her select clients. However, her kids came first; that’s what she devoted her life to and what a job that must have been!

Cooking and sewing were Mary’s favorite personal hobbies. Her greatest interest was people. She loved being with her family and anyone else she could find. Neighbors knew she always had a pot of coffee going and would make time to chat. The same went for anyone who came to the house for anything: repairmen, contractors, delivery people, people looking for directions, even wrong numbers on the phone! If you had anything to do at the house or with her you’d better leave extra time to talk!

In retirement, she and George made their home at The Farm, the dream home of her parents. The Farm has become a sanctuary, gathering place, vacation site, and many other things for the family and friends. You could always count on the hospitality of Mary’s home, wherever she made it. George and Mary were members of Turk Lake United Methodist Church and found great companionship there.

Anyone who knows Mary also knows that she has never been on time for anything. She often said she’d be late for her own funeral. Now is her chance. However, we will make every effort to have a timely visitation this Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 W. Colby Road (off of M-91), Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  The Rev. Kay Welsch, Mary's pastor, will officiate and a luncheon will follow the service in the church hall.  Burial will take place privately at Little Denmark Cemetery in Gowen, Michigan.

Instead of flowers, Mary would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Turk Lake United Methodist Church.  For your convenience, envelopes will be available at the church.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mary's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Susan (Rickerd) Aldrich on November 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Mary was one of the neighborhood “mom”s many of us had. Many times we walked from our house to yours up Coleman Rd to visit her.

    When for some emergency our mom couldn’t be home after school for us she would leave a note for us to go visit Mary. Once I locked myself out of our house, barefoot, in late fall but I was able to call Mary who came and got me and kept me till Mom got home.

    We learned to make Ebelskivers from her and that tradition from her family to ours has continued down to our children and our friends. I tell them all about Mary. We visited The Farm with her and her children, my favorite part was climbing a huge tree with the kids. Those were some of my favorite childhood memories.

    Thank you Mary, Jim, Pete, and Mark for being in our lives! It was great! I hope and pray all her family will find comfort at this time, and be able to remember and keep your good memories alive.

  2. Wes and Jan Lundsberg on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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