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Mary Ellen Cole

July 14, 1936 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Mary Cole Obituary

Mary Cole, age 87 of Greenville, MI, passed away at Laurels of Carson City on January 29, 2024. Mary was born in Muir, MI, on July 14, 1936, the seventh of eleven children of Guy and Millie Jeffrey whom preceded her in death. She is survived by siblings: Elizabeth Addis of Sheridan, Patsy Lafferty of Orleans, Elberta (Ron) Mier of Belding, Phillip Jeffrey of Ionia and sister-in-law, Dawn Jeffrey. She was preceded in death by brothers: Fred, Martin, Elbert, and John Jeffrey and sisters: Clara Jeffrey and Elmira Goodsell; Brothers-in law: George Addis, Calvin Lafferty, and Albert Goodsell; Sisters-in-law: Vivian, Sarah, and Sondra Jeffrey.

Mary was married to Leonard Cole on August 12, 1966. He preceded her in death in 1992. Together, they raised eight children. She was also preceded in death by her stepson, John Cole. Surviving are: Margery (Allan) Forist of Greenville, Charlene Holliday (Fred Hollifield) of Belleville, Marvin (Susan) Holliday of Lakeview, Norman (Christie) Holliday of Clarksville, Barbara Rowley of Lake Odessa, Leonard Cole Jr. of San Francisco, CA, and Louis Cole of Louisville, KY. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Mary enjoyed dancing and singing; she could even yodel. She also enjoyed lying in the sun and maintaining a beautiful tan each summer. She and Leonard raised their eight children on a farm in rural Greenville, MI. It was more of a hobby farm, but it supplied the family with all the milk, meat, and vegetables that were needed to feed their large family. There was always a large garden to tend and be harvested and canned. She did all the canning. It was a huge job that we think she enjoyed. She frequently baked bread and cakes from scratch which the entire family enjoyed.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024, from 2pm until 5pm at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding, MI. A private burial will take place in the spring at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, MI.

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Celebration of Life Visitation
February 2, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home
203 S. Pleasant Street
Belding, MI 48809


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