age 78, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. She was born November 28, 1942, in Utica, New York, the daughter of Ambrose Francis and Marian Louise (Wells) Carey. She grew up in Whitesboro, NY, where she was a member of the girl scouts and worked in the summer as the local Playground Director.
Mary Susan graduated from Whitesboro Central School and the Utica College branch of Syracuse University with her bachelor’s degree in education. She was a member of ‘Upstagers’, a local theater group, and the Utica College Gaslighters theater group, where she made many lifelong friends. She taught second grade at Minisink Valley Central School in New York for over 30 years where she made and retained many dear lifelong friends. Mary Susan organized the school craft fair and was an active member and representative in the teacher’s union and a supporter of school sports. She was also a founding member and on the board of the Teacher's Credit Union. Mary Susan loved to read and always carried two to three books with her wherever she went. She moved to Michigan in 2002 to be near her family. She was a member of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Middletown, NY and St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. She was a kind and generous person who always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Mary Susan is survived by her brother, Thomas E. (Colleen) Carey of Dexter; sister-in-law, Wanona Carey of Rome, NY; sister-in-law, Joyce Gorton of Barneveld, NY; seven nephews and nieces, Michael Carey, Roberta (Andrew) Cole, Peter (Elissa) Carey, Kerri-Sue (Christopher) Adams, Christopher Carey, Amy (John) Doolan, Sarah (Quentin) Keesler; and 12 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Ambrose Francis Carey Jr. The family wishes to thank the staff at Silver Maples and at Brookdale for their kindness and the loving care that Mary Susan received while residing at each location over the past several years.
A memorial service will be held later this summer. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith In Action, 603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118; or the Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
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