Obituary

Mary M. Starnes

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died May 14th, 2020

Mary M. Starnes, 80, of Escanaba, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Lighthouse of Ishpeming.

On December 20, 1939, Mary was born in Hannahville, daughter of Arthur Nels and Ellen Mae (Philemon) Mackey.  At a young age, like most in her generation, Mary knew loss, hard work, lack of education and going without.  Mary sure had a heart filled with compassion.  She never let those hard times set her back or steal her happiness and joy for life.

Mary married Robert “Bob” Starnes on July 20, 1957 in Escanaba.  He preceded her in death on December 10, 2015.

Over the years, Mary was employed at Holiday Inn, Ramada and Terrace Bay Inn.  She was a hard worker and enjoyed working for them and they loved her.  Mary then went into home care work for 30 years, for many different people.  They all became her friends more than employers.

It was having and being around her children and grandchildren that she cherished the most.  Oh, how she was loved by all of them.  Mary loved to take care of her flowers, playing bingo and slots at the casino, going to the movies and for drives to wherever it took her.  She also loved helping with big or small chores or errands for others.  She always made you smile and there was always a pot of coffee on, with lots of company all day.  She made a difference in the lives of so many people.  Mary could walk in anywhere and someone knew her and would come over just to say hi.  She could make you smile or laugh even on your worst day.  Just to hear her laugh, made you smile.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Among survivors include her children, Kathleen “Kathy” (Kevin) Starnes and Ellen Mae (Scott) Malnar of Escanaba, Karen (Rick) Bruce of Missouri and Shawn (Jennifer) Starnes of Gladstone; grandchildren, Paul “PJ” (Morgan) Derouin Jr., Brandon (Cheryl) Starnes, Marc Starnes, Nicole (Jeremy) Roe, Holly (Dee) Bruce, Ory (Casey) Starnes, Hunter Starnes, Riley Starnes and Makenzie; great grandchildren, Krystal, Bradley, Shelby, Nolan, Blake, Tyson, Chevelle and Natalie;  sisters, Patrisha Tschohl of Escanaba and Janice Anderson of Wilson; many nieces, nephews and close dear friends, including her BFF, Clara Popour and companion, Clayton Gufteson and his loving family.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bob; Mary was preceded in death by son, Robert “Bobby” Starnes, Jr.; and brother, Melvin “Mel” Mackey.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will take place in the Hannahville Cemetery.  A memorial for friends and family will be held at a later date due to the COVID- 19 Virus.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.

9 Tributes to “Mary M. Starnes”

  1. So sorry for your loss..Always enjoyed talking to her whenever I’d see her. Prayers for all❤️

  2. So sorry for your loss, Always loved talking to your mom & getting my hugs from her. Always had a smile for everyone she saw. Love to all. Lisa & Dennis Menard

  3. Kathy, Ellen, Karen and Shawn. We are sorry for your loss and send our love and prayers for your family. Although we haven’t seen your mom very much in the last few years, she will be missed. Take care of one another.

  4. To Kevin and Kathy hugs and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. You will be missed by all we had many great times .
    Our condolences from the gagnon family.

  6. Kathy and Kevin, So sorry to hear about your loss of your mother. She will be missed by all of you. You are all in our prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Kris and Gus and family

  7. So sorry for your loss of your mother. Just know she will always be with you.

  8. Thank you all so much for your kind words about my Momma, she sure will be missed.

  9. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. ELLEN WE HAVEN’T TALKED IN AWHILE. I LIVE IN IRON MOUNTAIN. IT WAS BE NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR MOM. AS I REMEMBER SHE WAS A GREAT PERSON ALWAYS THINKING OF OTHERS.

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