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Mary Louise Crittenden, age 97, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville with her family at her side.  The daughter of Douglas Henry & Lorena Louise (Staebler) Weese, she was born on April 17, 1922 in Dowagiac and had worked as a teller, clerk, and bookkeeper in banking and financial services.

In retirement, she moved to Racine, Wisconsin to be closer to her daughter and her family, and then ten years later moved to Greenville to be closer to her son and his family and assisted her son in the office at his medical practice and was a member of the First Congregational Church.  Mary loved God, her family, and playing bridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  a brother, Lt. John A. “Jack” Weese, who was killed in action over Normandy Beach as a fighter pilot in World War II;  two sisters, Virginia Ahling and Nancy Burgett,  and a son, Scott Douglas Crittenden.  Surviving are her children, Ann & Jeff Hutler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Dr. David B. & Tonya Crittenden of Greenville;  eight grandchildren, Brian & Lee-Ann Hutler, Adam Hutler, Kelly & Peter Schmeltzer, Micah Crittenden, Benjamin Crittenden, Jacob & Jade Crittenden, Matthew Crittenden, and Hannah Crittenden;  three great-grandchildren, Noah Hutler, Kate Schmeltzer, and Emma Schmeltzer;  and several nieces and nephews and their families.

The family wishes to extend their special thanks to all of Mary’s physicians, nurses, staff, and caregivers at Spectrum Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center for their care, concern, and compassion.

Private family services will be held and final interment will be in the First Congregational Church Columbarium in Greenville.  The Rev. Dan Maguire, Sr. of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate.  Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Mary to Alpha Family Services of Greenville (

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mary’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Kim Raih on February 4, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I will never forget our wonderful conversations while we tag teamed and took care of the kids when Dave and Tonya were away! I loved Mary so much! She was sweet and kind. I remember the day that we drove up to Cadillac in the big Crittenden van together, and she insisted in driving. I was nervous and yet glad at the same time, because at least all the kids were in her hands and not mine. 😂 lol Mary always asked how I was and was a good listener. She loved her Grandchildren like crazy!

  2. Vic and Faith Priester on February 5, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Dave and Tonya, we extend our deepest sympathy in the home going of your Mom. I always loved to hear her voice when she was still making the appointment reminder calls for your office. How blessed you are to be assured that she has reached her final destination in the presence of Jesus.

  3. Rev. Jerry Jones on February 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Ann, David and family,
    Your mother was one of my dearest friends and among the kindest persons I’ve ever known. I cannot recall every having a conversation with her that did not include and update on her family happenings.
    She was a true woman of faith and she lived out that faith in such a way it touched many lives. Our loss is truly heaven’s gain.

    Jerry Jones

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