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Mary Agnes Newell

July 25, 1927 August 16, 2009
Mary Agnes Newell
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Obituary for Mary Agnes Newell

Mary Agnes Newell (nee Lawrence), a resident of Dearborn Heights, formerly of Milford, died on August 16, 2009, at the age of 82. Mary was born in Pontiac, Michigan on July 25, 1927, the only child of Oolis E. and Agnes Sands Lawrence. She grew up in Milford when much of the town was still farm and family. She earned her high school diploma from the original Milford High School where she graduated with the class of 1945. Mary was a feisty and thoughtful woman who made best of friends with the honored few who she fostered relationships with. A woman of quality rather than quantity in the company she kept, many of her friends were part of the founding families of Milford. One of those families, included the Newells.

Charles Newells lived just a few blocks from Mary. They met, fell in love, married and built a life together for more than twenty-four years until Charles� death in 1993. In Milford, Mary worked as a sales clerk at the D&C and Charles at Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. In later years, they made their home in Dearborn Heights. There, they were close to their neighbors, who Mary bowled with for many years. She was the league treasurer and maintained a close community of friends in Dearborn Heights and Milford.

Wherever Mary lived, she sheltered the stray dogs and cats in her neighborhood. She deeply cared for animals, both big and small. She was caring for �Kit Kat� when Mary took a fall in 2005. The EMT who assisted her, seeing how devoted to this cat she was, adopted Kit Kat as his own. Edward and Teresa Price, who had cared for Mary since the death of her husband, moved her closer to them at the Oakwood Nursing Center in Trenton. Edward, who brought Mary her groceries over the years, knew what she liked, and he made certain that the small luxuries Mary enjoyed--chocolate and peppermint Schnapps--were always in plentiful supply.

Mary is survived by her loving cousins and dear friends. She joins her husband, Charles, and parents, Oolis and Agnes, who preceded her in death.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Friday, August 21, at 1PM. Friends may visit on Friday 10AM until the time of service. Burial will follow in Milford Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to the Michigan Humane Society. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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