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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 (https://www.alphafamilyservices.org/).

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

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  1. Susan Wolfe on January 30, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Annie and Jeff, Dave and Tonya and families – Greg and I both loved, loved, loved your mom. Her e-mails, cards and notes, and her constant prayer support during Greg’s bout with cancer were such a blessing. We had hoped to get to Greenville for a visit, and regret that never happened. I would like to share something that happened at the Grass Lake Church many years ago.

    Greg was preaching from the story of Jonah. When the storm arose on the seas, the crew began throwing things over-board to lighten the load. Greg came down from the pulpit and started down the aisle. Mary sat in the second or third row. Greg grabbed her sizable hand bag, and pretended to throw it over-board. She looked horrified, but never again did she have a hand-bag of any size with her in church! And it’s something that was mentioned every time we saw her from that Sunday forward.

    I know they have shared a hug in Heaven, and I also know they have laughed about that hand-bag. Maybe even with Jonah, himself. She was a wonderful, beautiful, Christian woman and will be greatly missed. You are all in my prayers – sue wolfe



  2. JIm Rudolph on January 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Dr. Crittenden, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. What a wonderful life she lived. She must have been so proud of her young brother who died in WWll. God bless you as you adjust to the loss of your mom. She is with her savior as we speak.



  3. Tim, Bev, Conner, Spencer & Kyle Wyckoff on January 30, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    So very sorry for Mary’s passing, but she is with the Lord, happy and healthy!! Such a beautiful person, kind and professional, & must have carried much grief over her brother’s sacrificial loss for our country. God bless you all during this transition time, with the Hope of Heaven to guide us!



  4. Mark & Diane Shaw on January 30, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    The women of inner beauty are few…but she was one…our prayers are with you and your family.



  5. The Nitengales on January 31, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Just visited with this lovely lady on January 19th while she was getting her hair done. Missed her at the service that day. Mary and I will miss seeing her smiling face as we play piano and sing at the rehab facility, but know that she is singing with Jesus in heaven. Praying for all of you!



  6. Sandy Wolfinger Bromley on January 31, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Dave, my condolences on the loss of your mom. I have often wondered what happened to you and your mom. The good Lord gave her a long life! My dad passed away 2 years ago this coming May at the age of 98, one week after he put his trust in Jesus! PTL!
    Blessings on you and your family!



  7. Kathleen Ann Raymond on February 1, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Annie & Jeff, Dave & Tonya & family,

    Your mom was one in a million and I was blessed to have known her. I met your mom at Grass Lake UMC and I was immediately drawn to her. She was one of the kindest persons I have ever known.

    A story may not know about your mother. Mary and I served on the Evangelism Committee and we always shared afterwards in the car about our visits to people’s homes. One of the best stories was a visit that we made and as we stepped onto the porch to ring the doorbell, we stepped into a shredded dirty diaper. There we stood with diaper contents on our shoes wondering what we would do if were invited inside. God was watching over us and there was no one home and we were able to clean our shoes in the grass before getting back into the car. Your mom and I laughed many times over that visit and often commented that it would take something to top it!

    My heart goes out to all of you. Your mom was an awesome Christian woman full of grace and God’s love. I know she is being loved on in heaven by God and many others who have passed before her.

    Sympathy, love and prayers,
    Kathy Raymond



  8. Paula Stormont on February 1, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    We remember so fondly Mary, Annie and Dave as part of our church family.
    Mary always had a smile on her face and loved her children to pieces- we enjoyed events with them at our lake house and will always remember with love Mary and her family.
    Jim and Paula Stormont



  9. Jerry Havens on February 1, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Dave, my condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. You and your family are in my prayers.



  10. Anne Hood on February 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

    With deep sympathy and empathy to all of you.



  11. Kathy Engel on February 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Sincere sympathy to Mary’s family. I only met Mary over a year ago while substituting in a bridge game. She was a sweet, loving, caring person who I enjoyed immensely! Rest In Peace Mary.🙏🏻



  12. Frank and Debbie Marsh on February 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Knowing Mary is a blessing in our lives that will continue forever!! We are so thankful for her life and love. “What the heart has once owned…it shall never lose.” Our sympathy and prayers for her entire family.



  13. Kathy Wade on February 3, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Dr. Crittenden: I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a delight to talk to, and a much-cherished friend of my mother, Frances Blumberg. May she rest in eternal peace.



  14. Roseann Smith Carmoney on February 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Dave, I was sad to hear about your mother but glad you have so many years of memories to hold close. Continue to carry the flame!



  15. Gerald Tovatt on February 4, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Dave and family; I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It was wonderful she could spend so much time with you in Greenville these last years.



  16. 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!



  17. 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.



  18. 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.

    Sincerely,
    Jerry Jones



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