Mary "Fran" Bell Kabacinski was a woman whose life was a tapestry of love, family, and enduring friendships. Born in Central Kentucky, Mary's journey from a small rural farm to becoming a beloved matriarch touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know her. Growing up as one of six children, Mary's early years were shaped by the simplicity of farm life. She embarked on her educational journey in a one-room schoolhouse, where her spirit of camaraderie blossomed into a lifelong friendship with Verna, spanning an incredible 84 years.
Mary's independent spirit shone through from a young age when she took the wheel at the tender age of 13 after her father developed poor eyesight, becoming the family driver and earning the title of the "cool kid" among her friends with the 1928 Dodge her uncle sold to her family.
During high school Mary participated in choir, yearbook and was historian of her class. After attending one year of college, she made her way to Michigan where she joined her brothers Joe and Bob and lived with her sister Joyce and her family. She worked in her high school library and at the Western Kentucky College in Bowling Green Library the year she attended. Later, Mary worked as a cashier at Federal's Department store in downtown Detroit. This is where met Cliff, the love of her life.
In 1953, Mary and Cliff exchanged vows at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Detroit, marking the beginning of a beautiful life together. They established a home in St. Clair Shores, MI, where they raised four children and created a warm and loving environment.
Mary's dedication to family extended beyond her own children. As a Cub Scout Den mother, she embraced new challenges and fostered a love for scouting. Mary and Cliff celebrated the achievements of three Eagle Scout sons and a daughter who earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, forming lasting friendships within the scouting community.
An avid supporter of her children and grandchildren, Mary's presence was a constant at various community events, sports competitions, and artistic performances. Her enthusiasm for life extended to her role as a grandmother, where she accumulated countless memories attending and cheering on her grandchildren in their diverse activities.
Known for her kindness and genuine nature, Mary formed strong bonds with nieces and nephews, always remembering their birthdays and maintaining regular contact. Her world became even more vibrant with the arrival of great-grandchildren, bringing her immeasurable joy. Mary's favorites reflected her simple and refined tastes—roses, the color pink, leisurely reading, and the irresistible allure of chocolate pie.
Friends fondly recall Mary as one of the nicest, kindest, and most caring individuals they ever met. Her thoughtfulness, genuine love, and down-to-earth nature made everyone around her feel special. Described as an "angel on earth," Mary's legacy lives on in the hearts of those she touched.
While Mary's physical presence may be missed, her spirit will endure in the countless memories shared with family and friends. Mary will be remembered as an extraordinary woman who made a lasting impact with her love, warmth, and unwavering kindness.
Mary was the beloved wife of the late Clifford. Loving mother of the late Stephen, the late Keith (Dianne), Kevin (Teresa), and Kristie. Cherished grandmother of Veronica (Aaron Hernandez), Keith (Stephanie Slezak), Kyle (Porschia Williams), Kaylyn, and Cameron (Cameron Perrin). Adored great-grandmother of Dani "Chiqs", Savannah, Grey, Kasia, and Kayden. Dear sister of the late Verna Mae (the late Byron), the late Joe (the late Fran), the late Robert (the late Anne), the late Mildred "Joyce" (the late Arthur), and the late Irving (Joyce). She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mary will be held on Monday, December 11th from 3-8pm with a Scripture Service at 7pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common Road (12 1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren. She will lie In State on Tuesday, December 12th from 10am until the time of her Funeral Mass at 10:30am at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 21201 E Thirteen Mile Rd, St Clair Shores, MI. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
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