Mary Jean DeBus

February 13, 1923March 23, 2018

Mary Jean DeBus was born February 13, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph and Olive Schroeder. She passed away on Friday March 23, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 95.

Mary was the beloved wife of Earle for 63 years until he went to be with the LORD in 2002. Loving mother of the late Olive Helen DeBus, Enoch DeBus, Mary Lou Spens, Nancy Lee DeBus, Sandra Jean (Ed) Goodman, Ronald Carl (Karen) DeBus, Robert (Sue) DeBus, Richard DeBus, and the late Laurie DeBus. She was also predeceased by her granddaughter Mary Liz Whitney. She leaves behind 31 grandchildren, many great-grand children, and many many great-great-grandchildren, as well as a large extended family and a host of friends. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Mary owned her own commercial cleaning company for many successful years. In her retirement she loved to crochet, play Cribbage, and watch game shows, especially Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Mary had a green thumb and loved flowers. She was also a fantastic cook. She was a Detroit Red Wing Fan, and loved listening to Big Band and Rat Pack music. However, her passion was her family. She taught them to pray together and play together. There was nothing she enjoyed more than to spend time with the family that she and Earle created out of their God given love.

The family will receive guests for a visitation on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 25450 Plymouth Road, Redford Township, Michigan 48239. (Just east of Beech Daly) Following the visitation, her life will be celebrated with a funeral service at 2:00pm. Mary will be laid to rest with her husband in Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan.

Contributions in Mary's memory may be made to for the family wishes.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared in the guest book for the DeBus family.


  • The Late Earle D. DeBus, Husband
  • The Late Olive Helen DeBus, Daughter
  • Enoch DeBus, Son
  • Mary Lou Spens, Daughter
  • Nancy Lee DeBus, Daughter
  • Sandra Jean (her husband Ed) Goodman, Daughter
  • Ronald Carl (his wife Karen) DeBus, Son
  • Robert (his wife Sue) DeBus, Son
  • Richard DeBus, Son
  • The Late Laurie DeBus, Daughter
  • Mary also leaves behind 31 grandchildren, many great-grand children, and many many great-great-grandchildren as well as a large extended family.

  • For The Family Wishes


  • Visitation Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, April 2, 2018

Mary Jean DeBus

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Rick& Cecilia Nesbitt

April 2, 2018

We met, both "Grandpa & Grandma DeBus " , as all the family called them, when they lived in the same apartment building, as our daughter and her family. They both had a great sense of humor, as well as a smile, whenever you would meet. Our Grandson, Corey was born while the family lived there. You could always see the love on their face and in their eyes, when they would see this great grandson of theirs. You could really tell ,that family meant a great deal to them. May God bless you both & your family as well.

Olive Mooney

March 30, 2018

Gram....I love this picture of you, me & Mary! The three of us have had some VERY good times together! You two don't have too much fun without me!!!
I was very fortunate to have such a special and precious relationship with you!
I will miss you terribly. Rest in peace Gram...I love you xoxoxo
Love Ollie Marie