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Mary Louise (Keating) Hodges, age 62, of Dowling, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. She was born December 25, 1958, in Ludington, Michigan, to Donald “Pete” and Lillian (Peterson) Keating. Mary married the love of her life and best friend, Robert “Bob” Hodges, on August 16, 1980, in Ludington, Michigan.

Mary was an avid gardener having landscaped over five acres of their property and was once featured in the Thornapple Garden Club’s annual summer garden tour. She worked for 13 years as a caterer at Kelloggs Company through Aramark. She loved working with people and caring for them through food. Because food was so central to her life, many of her travels and hobbies centered around dishes she loved to enjoy herself or prepare for others.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Bob; three children, Danielle (Jason) Holley, Allison Hodges, and Adam (Erin) Hodges; granddaughter, Riley Marie Hodges; mother, Lillian Keating; four siblings, Kareen (Tony) Monton, Beth (James) Nickelson, Carol (Ervin) Campbell, and Michael (Lorie) Keating; mother in law, Mary Hodges; as well as a loving extended family and two dogs, Mauricio “Mo” and Molly.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Pete Keating, and her father in law, James Hodges.

Gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue), Grand Rapids, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Mary loved the Ludington State Park and her family asks you consider supporting the park by making a charitable donation in her name through

Mary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Glenn Arbor Hospice for all of the care and compassion they have shown and given during this difficult time.

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 are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Julie Freeman on September 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Bob & family –
    I haven’t seen you for a long time nor met your precious wife but I want you to know this cousin cares, prays for you and sends condolences from me and my mother, Colleen. May God give you the grace and peace you will need to begin a new life without your soul mate. It’s so hard to lose a loved one and I want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and much love.
    Julie and Colleen Freeman

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