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Mary J. Macleod

November 19, 1942 - January 17, 2020

A memorial celebration of her life will be arranged by her survivors at a date that is forthcoming. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, c/o the funeral home.

Age 77, passed away on January 17, 2020. She was born on November 19, 1942, the fifth of nine children born to Glenn and Alma Moored in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She grew up on a rambling 90-acre farm on Joy Road in Plymouth, Michigan. Mary attended a one room school in Dixboro, Michigan and later graduated from University High in Ann Arbor Michigan. She was a member of Dixboro United Methodist church where she sang in the choir along with several of her siblings. Upon graduation from high school Mary began working at Follet’s bookstore, where she met her husband-to-be, David Cameron Macleod. She later attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she carried a perfect 4.0 GPA, which made her very proud. Together with David, they moved to Boston, MA to follow David’s teaching career and soon moved to Valparaiso, Indiana where their two children Eric and Laura were born. The family later moved to Marquette, Michigan, then to Escanaba, Michigan and then to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where they remained for nine years. Economic conditions forced a final move to Kalamazoo, Michigan where she and David lived for the rest of their lives in order to be closer to family in the area. Professionally, Mary worked in a variety of locations including dental offices where she was a dental assistant. She and David developed MacHandyman, a handy-man service she ran together with David until the end of his days actively working. She concluded her work life at the Cracker Barrell store where she thoroughly enjoyed her coworkers and customers. Mary was an active volunteer beginning with her work at the PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Safety Commission in Sault Ste. Marie. She later served as a community phone tree coordinator and helped organize antique automotive events together with her husband. Among Mary’s proudest achievements was serving as her husband David’s caregiver as he struggled with Parkinson’s disease during the end of his life. She was by his bedside almost continuously for the last year of his life, a sign of her devotion to, and love for, him. Mary is survived by her son Eric (Tara) Macleod, daughter Laura (AJ) Vaughn, four grandchildren, Megan Vaughn, Devinn Hillman, Olivia Macleod and Amelia Macleod, her brother Alan (Joan) Moored, her sisters Karen Moored and Lois (Brian) Kyte, brothers-in-law, Garrard (Moira) Macleod, Robert Macleod, George (Linda) Macleod, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband David (2017), parents Glenn and Alma Moored, brother Glenn (Jim) Moored, sister Geraldine (Gerry) Seyfried, sister Linda Moored, brother Ivan Moored and brother Roy Moored.