OBITUARY

Mary Becker "Mouse"

March 18, 1931November 9, 2020

Visitation will be held on November 16, 2020 at 9:00 am at St Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan. Funeral Mass will be held on November 16, 2020 at 10:00 am at St Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary "Mouse" Becker's memory can be made to Angela Hospice.

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Mary Gloe

November 17, 2020

Mouse was always one of the fun aunts. Lots of laughter when she was around. I still remember the life sized rag dolls she made for each of the Hurley granddaughters. Mine had blonde hair and blue eyes. Treasured memories

Catherine Seidl

November 15, 2020

My Dear Aunt Mousie,
How wonderful it was to bask in your love. I love you and will hold you in my heart until I see you again. May Almighty God bless you as you bask in His love in your everlasting life in Heaven.

I loved the way "Aunt Mousie" (as my mother, Katy called her) welcomed me into her home on my visits to Livonia, and showered me and my family with her love. On one occasion, when I visited after a trip to Greece, she and Uncle Jack took me into Detroit for a dinner in "Greektown". She loved to share her Catholic faith, stories of her trips, Hurley laughter, motherly encouragement, delicious meals and joy of life. I especially loved watching her with my children. To be in her presence was to feel love. My precious cousins, your mother is with you always. You are in my prayers. God bless you. Love, your cousin, Cathy

Gene Jonet

November 12, 2020

Hurley family gatherings were always more entertaining and enjoyable when Mouse (and Jack) were a part of them. She had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh. My condolences to the family.

Barbara Vicars

November 12, 2020

What a wonderful neighbor and friend Mrs. Becker has been! We often chatted at the fence about our days and children. She invited my boys and I to the pool for the first time. I quickly learned that she was quite the social butterfly at Fairway Farms and was always sitting with many friends. She loved watching my boys and day care children playing in the backyard. She always wanted to cuddle with the babies. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, often sharing stories of her bunch. She was also a big fan of the Packers and had lots of dark green and gold decor around the house. Unfortunately, I moved into the neighborhood a few months after Mr. Becker died but have heard nothing but wonderful things about him. Mrs. Becker is now with God and the love of her life. My heart and prayers go out to her family. She has been missed at the pool for years and will continue to be missed in the neighborhood. Blessings, Barb Vicars

Ann Wall

November 12, 2020

Rest In Peace Aunt Mouse.
Love,
Ann Wall

ann wall

November 12, 2020

I will always remember the out pouring love.

Dan Clarksen

November 12, 2020

Aunt Mouse
Being a Hurley that sharp wit of hers jokingly came out at the craziest times! I recall a time when I was quite young and we were staying at the Manawa house. A shared family home that we all visited as a family with all the cousins. This particular day I remember coming out of the outdoor privy and closing the door, as I walked towards the house aunt mouse looked at me sternly and said “ I did’t hear you flush”!...Never gave it a thought...marched back in there and looked for the flush handle. When I came back out there she stood laughing contagiously! Yup...she got me!
Love you Aunt Mouse..Till we meet again!

Fran Jonet

November 12, 2020

Sympathy’s to all of Mouse’s family. She was one of my favorite aunts. May she Rest In Peace.

Sister Darlene Marie Schoenherr

November 11, 2020

Grateful that Sister Agnes and I were able to Visit Mary in her home and offer prayers for her. We trust that she heard and appreciated our prayerful support through Angela Hospice.

Biography

Mary Cecelia (Hurley) Becker of Livonia, Michigan, surrounded by family, passed into her heavenly home on November 9, 2020.
Mary, or “Mouse” as she was known to family and friends, was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 18, 1931 to Mae (Peterson) and Francis Xavior Hurley. Mary was the sixth child of the family and enjoyed relating her childhood experiences of growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin in such a large family.
Her Catholic faith was always important to her. She attended St. Patrick’s School and went on to high school at St. Joseph Academy. For most of her life, she attended daily mass. She was active in the Altar Rosary Society and in Green Bay drove the St. Joseph School Franciscan sisters to appointments and shopping.

Mary met the love of her life, John (Jack) Becker and they were married in St. Patrick’s Church on February 18, 1950. This union would last 51 years until Jack’s death in 2002. Jack’s job with Kraft Foods would take them from Green Bay to Minneapolis, then Billings, Montana and finally to Livoinia, MIchigan.
Mary’s heart was always in her home. She was passionate about caring for her family and house. Mary loved cooking, trying new recipes and keeping her house immaculately clean, no small accomplishment with five children underfoot. She made wonderful meals, always ending with desserts to please Jack’s famous sweet tooth and she canned bushels of fruit to enjoy in the winter. She always had time for her kids to go over math flash cards and homework, and spent hours with her young children reading books to them. Mary was involved in her children’s school life as a room mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for many years.

A very creative and talented woman, Mary used these skills to brighten her home. A fabulous seamstress, she made all of her own clothes, always in style and perfectly fit. She sewed her children’s clothing and many household items and doll clothes. She was generous with her sewing talents, sewing choir robes and gowns for school friends not blessed with a sewing mother. Her “other” family was a collection of Cabbage Patch dolls with beautifully made costumes. She created a beautiful 3 story dollhouse, each detail meticulously hand- crafted. Mary became interested in ceramics and many Christmases included her ceramic creations as gifts. Her most impressive project was a multi-piece Christmas village, perfectly done and a work of art. Mary learned to knit at age 9 and it became a lifelong hobby. Every year she knit baby sweater sets for a local charity for new mothers. These handmade baby items were treasured by the mothers who received them. In later years, when visiting her, it was common to find her in her favorite chair, knitting away.

Jack and Mary enjoyed traveling and visited Europe several times. Because of her Irish heritage, something she was very proud of, their favorite spot to visit was Ireland. They returned to Ireland several times, making friends, collecting shillelaghs, china and Irish wool to knit a sweater. They had many trips around the country in their camper and for some years enjoyed the woods in their property in Harrison, Michigan.

Mary and Jack were blessed with friends everywhere they lived. They enjoyed attending mass and going out to breakfast with St. Colette friends and knew their neighbors. Mary enjoyed dressing in red and purple and socializing with her Red Hat Society friends. Longtime members of Fairway Farms Swim Club, summers found Mary and her friends in their poolside spot. Mary, in her many handsewn bathing suits, loved the sun and friendships.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Jack, her daughter Mary (Poncho) and son-in- law David Anderson, sisters and brothers-in-laws Edith ( Francis) Jonet, Irene (Leethan) Clarksen, Alice Wall, Theresa, and Catherine (Katy) Kyles, her brothers and sister-in-law, Eugene, Maurie (Rita) and David, her in-laws Ralph and Lucille Becker and sister and brother-in-law Marian (Donald) Lisch.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lin (Jeff) Sanborn, Dave (Joy) Becker, Jayne (Jim) Thomas and Steve Becker; grandchildren, Jen (Andy) Meiiler, Angie (Jim) LeBlanc, Zack (Dawn) Anderson, Erik Anderson, Mackenzie (Jordan) Telford, Megan (Paul) Terbrack, Laura (Josh) Fagan, Ian (Lauren) Becker; great-grandchildren, Micah, Becker, Roland and Marin Mieler, Carson, Jackson and Hazel Anderson, Brielle and Aleigha Telford, Parker and Ava Terbrack, Jack Fagan, Leah Becker and Evan Becker; her sister, Sister Helen Hurley; sister-in-law Rosalie Hurley and brother-in-law John Klyes, many nieces and nephews and friends.

The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Angela Hospice for the care they gave to Mary and her family. A special thanks goes to our brother Steve, a loving and faithful caregiver to our mother these past 6 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angela Hospice 14100 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48154.

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