Mary Elizabeth Anne Dougherty, aged 96, passed away peacefully at home on October 20, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born April 18, 1926, in London, Ontario, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Francis) Garceau. Elizabeth married her beloved husband Nathan Lyle Dougherty on October 7, 1950, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Detroit, where both had graduated from high school.

Elizabeth and Lyle raised their family and entertained countless friends over the years at their home on Hayes Road in Roseville. Elizabeth was an avid seamstress, making clothes for her children and even her own wedding gown. She was a language wizard who enjoyed playing Scrabble and correcting grammatical errors. Her fondness for elephants resulted in an unparalleled collection of elephant figurines. Most of all, she loved her four “dumplings” (children) and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will miss her greatly.

She is survived by her children, Lyle (Catherine) Dougherty of Troy, Lynda Dougherty of Toronto, Valerie (Russell) Hanselman of Almont, and Thomas Dougherty of Almont; her grandchildren, Shannon (Zubin Tiku) Wearing, Russell Hanselman, Lyle Dougherty, Casey (Jacqueline) Wearing, Katie Hanselman, Lyndsay (Matthew Bruner) Dougherty, and Maxwell (Michelle Peters) Hanselman; and her great-grandchildren, Annika and Aubrey Hanselman, Nathan and Colin Wearing, Cleo Tiku, Keith and James Hanselman, and Everly Bruner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle; and her siblings, Paul Garceau, Joan Garceau, and Cecile Henderson.

A memorial mass will be said on November 12, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City, 700 Maple Vista St., Imlay City, MI 48444 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at Muir Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, 2650 S. Van Dyke, Imlay City, MI.

Memorial donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Messages and photos can be contributed to Elizabeth’s memorial page at