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Mary Lee Kern

December 19, 1941 December 22, 2020
Mary  Lee Kern
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Obituary for Mary Lee Kern

Mary Lee (Dillow) Kern (12-19-1941), age 79, a longtime resident of Highland, Michigan succumbed to congestive heart failure with her daughters at her side on December 22, 2020.

Mary grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1961 she married Carl Kern, Jr., of Milford, Michigan who proceeded her in death in June of 2011. Mary loved her family and her extended family at West Highland Baptist Church. Her beloved neighbors helped her care for her home until very recently and provided support and laughter. Mary was an avid gardener and never met a furry animal she didn’t like. When it came to southern specialties and comfort food, Mary knew how to dish up tasty meals that delighted everyone including all of her relatives who never missed a Thanksgiving feast when she was cooking. One of the things that brought her great joy was feeding the birds and watching them on her back deck with the warm sun shining.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Roosevelt Dillow and Irene Mammie (Smith) Dillow; her siblings, Robert Theodore Dillow, Everett Dillow, Francis (Dillow) Lee, Henry Dillow, and John “DOC” Robert Dillow. Mary is survived by her daughters, Deborah Irene Kern (Ann Murray), Diana Lorene Kern (Rhonda Weathers), her sister Margaret (Dillow) Prichard (Harvey), and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by her special friend Bob Kowal of Highland and personal caregiver Debbie Arsneau of White Lake.

A PRIVATE visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home on Sunday, December 27th, and a PRIVATE Funeral Service will be held at the West Highland Baptist Church in Highland on Monday, December 28, 2020. (due to Covid 19 restrictions, her family will invite those that they are able on Sunday & Monday)

In lieu of flowers, Mary requested donations be made to West Highland Baptist Church, SafeHouse Center of Ann Arbor, MI or Legacy Land Conservancy, of Ann Arbor, MI.


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