Mary Jane Stone, age 87, of Lum (recently of Lapeer), MI died Monday, July 4, 2022 at Serenity Gardens Assisted Living of Imlay City, MI. Mary Jane Helen Martin was born September 14, 1934 in Pontiac, MI. She was the daughter of the late Romeo and the late Mary (Vachan) Martin. Mary grew up in Pontiac, MI. She was a graduate of St. Michael’s High School, Class of 1952. Mary married Nelson Stone on July 12, 1952 in Pontiac, MI. She and Nelson moved to Lum in the early 1950s. Mary was preceded by her husband, Nelson, on July 12, 2018.

She was mostly a homemaker, raising her family. For four to five years, Mary was employed by Lapeer Intermediate School District as a custodian for the Lum School.

Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City. She was also a member of the Imlay City Athletic Boosters selling tickets for basketball and football games for 30 years. Mary and Nelson enjoyed going to the casinos for fun.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the staff at Serenity Gardens for their care of Mary Jane.

She is survived by her daughters, Dianne (Gary) Decker of Burton, MI, Karen (Bill) Shafer of Lum, MI, Laura Knowlton VanderPloeg of Lum, MI and Bernadette (Jeff) Tymitz of Romeo, MI; sons, Steve (Sally) Stone of Lapeer, MI, Michael (Erin Zettle) Stone of Lapeer, MI and Scott (Amy) Stone of Imlay City, MI; her sisters, Rita Stevens-Collier of Pontiac, MI and Ruthann Judd of Florida; brother, Robert Martin of Pontiac, MI; 30 grandchildren; 26-plus great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Stone; parents, Romeo and Mary Martin; her son-in-law, Daniel VanderPloeg; great-grandson, William “Will” Ray Shafer, III; her sister, Bernadette Davis; and brother, Richard Martin.

The funeral was held Friday, July 8, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 700 Maple Vista, Imlay City, MI. Reverend Fr. Noel Cornelio, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiated. Interment followed at Arcadia Township Cemetery in Lum, MI.

A rosary was held Thursday, July 7.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

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