Mary Jean Schwartz passed away at the age of 92 on October 13, 2023. She was a beloved wife, mother, and friend who will be deeply missed. Mary was born on December 7, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to William and Theresa Arthurs.
She later moved to Livonia and attended Plymouth High School. Her love of flowers brought her to a job at Harry Miller’s flower shop where she met future husband John who was making a flower delivery. It was love at first sight for Mary and she made sure to sell John’s flowers as quickly as possible, ensuring John’s many return trips to the shop. John and Mary were married in February of 1951; life partners for 56 years until John’s passing in 2007.
Mary was devoted to her husband and children as well as her friends and the Canton community. For over 45 years, Mary and John worked side-by-side in their wholesale greenhouse business and flower shop. Mary also found time to volunteer for many organizations and causes through the years, particularly those related to the support of cancer patients. She organized rides to treatments, sewed hundreds of bed pads, and crocheted hundreds more comfort caps. And as everyone who knew her can recall, Mary loved a good time and was the life of every party. She was quick-witted and loved to laugh. You always knew when Mary was in the room.
Mary died peacefully in Charlevoix, Michigan where she had moved in recent years to be near her son David. She is survived by her children, David Schwartz and Amy McDonald. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her. We love you Mom.
Mary's family will celebrate her life privately.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com