Mary Irene Deater

September 14, 1930August 2, 2018

Mary Irene Deater, age 87, went to be with her Lord Thursday, August 2, 2018. Mary worked as a waitress at Walgreen's and after, as a crossing guard for the Norton Shores Police Department (at Phillips School) from 1951 until she retired in 1999. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary post 3734, and a member of the former Norton Shores Assembly of God.

Preceding her in death was her husband George, sons, Brent Deater and Bruce Deater, brothers, Jack Stickles and Thomas Stickles, sister, Alice Kitson, grandchildren, Mari, Benjamin, great grandchildren, Ameilya, Hezekiah, Hayden, Eli and Hunter. She is survived by her children, Janice (Sparty) Sunagel, Barbie (Howie) VanHall, Julie (Larry Jr.) Louzon, Brenda Nelson, Jon (Judi) Deater; 13 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; brother James “Butch” (Sue) Stickles; in-laws Clara Stickles, Juanita Durga; step brother Joe Stickles; many extended family and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, from 1-3:00pm and 6-8:00pm at Ever Rest Funeral Home. Services are planned for 11:00am Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel, 1783 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sanctuary at the Shore in Grand Haven.


  • Sanctuary at the Shore


  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Bobbi Pothoff

August 6, 2018

I always loved Mrs. Deater. She looked out of every child at school. She always had a hug ready. God bless her and her family.

Shirley Seevers

August 6, 2018

We moved to the neighborhood in 1979 we went to phillips elementary from 1979 until 1982. My sister and I . She was our crossing gaurd. She was the nicest lady. She would always let you know when to stop and when to go. And you could never run across the street she would get after you for that. She will be missed. But never forgotton. My condolences to the family.

Janice Larabee

August 6, 2018

I had the privilege to take care of Mary at Sanctuary at the Shore. She was a sweet, kind woman with a heart of gold. I lived as a child just over the bridge. I saw her many times as she helped children cross the street for school. My husband was one of those children. I pray for comfort for the family but most of all that she enjoys Heaven with her Saviour

Roxanne & MJ Swindle

August 6, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the family. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to take time off work to make it to MI for the services. Aunt Mary was such a sweet soul who, we know, is now rejoicing with our Ssvior, George, Jack, Tom, Alice, and so many others. God Bless ❤️

Brad & Carol Whittum

August 6, 2018

To the family of Gram -

We are so sorry for your loss and pray peace to your hearts! ❤️ Gram was a sweet soul ...

Our daughter Amber married Gram’s grandson Erik VanHall -

We rejoice in knowing that she is safe in the arms of Jesus - healed & whole!

May our Heavenly Father comfort you until you meet again ...

Much love -
Brad & Carol Whittum xoxo

Patty Anyanwy

August 6, 2018

Mary was one of the most sweetest Lady I have meant in a very long time. When I would visit my father in law at the nursing home, she would always make a point to say Hello and ask how we were doing. I will never forget the day she found out I worked with Barbie and Krystal she would talk about them every time after that with me, she loved them very much. Mary would talk about all of her grand children, she loved her family so much and was so proud of all of them.

Barbie, Krystal and family I'm so sorry for your loss, may God wrap his healing arms around all of you at this time.

Cynthia Blamer

August 5, 2018

Mary was my crossing guard when I was in kindergarten and lived in Norton Shores Estates. I went to Philips Elementary. Her husband George, was my dad's cousin

Nancy Conley

August 5, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. My fondest memories are seeing her at the Deater reunions north - and playing with all of her children. We would often run into her if we made a trip to Muskegon from Hesperia. God Bless you all and keep you her family!

Cordie Patterson

August 5, 2018

So sorry for your loss

Sheila Cobb

August 4, 2018

I know Mrs Deater from church. Crossing guard. From my neighborhood. She was a beautiful lady. Very well respected. Very loved by me and my family.. So sweet and loving to many.