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Mary Kay Franks

March 24, 1943 June 29, 2018
Mary Kay Franks
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Obituary for Mary Kay Franks

Mary Kay Franks (Thorsby) Passed away suddenly on June 29, 2018.

Mary Kay was the beloved only child of Earl and Edna Thorsby, who preceded her to the promised land some years ago. She carried their presence and voice in her heart and soul throughout her life.

Mary Kay was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1943 where she attended Cooley High School and the Detroit College of Business. She lived in the state her entire life except for a brief stint at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia after marrying her first love, David Duncan. Together they had three boys who were the loves of her life; Christopher, Craig, and Jeffrey who gave her six grandchildren; Amelia, Zoe, Holden, Isobel, Maddison, and Dylan. She adored them one and all. Mary Kay adopted their wives Laura, Molly, Kimberly, and Sonja as the daughters she never had and she loved each of them with all her heart.

Mary Kay later married Wayne Moilanen whom she loved for over twenty years and became step mother to John and Debbie. As blended-family the Duncans and the Moilanens spent time camping, skiing, fishing, and traveled frequently to upper peninsula together.

Mary Kay spent the last twenty-one years of her life with her last great love, Gerald Franks, whom she married in 1997. Through that marriage she befriended Gerry’s two daughters, Renae Behr and Robin Deschamps. With that union, she extended her family once again and came to love their husbands Scott and Brian and also became grandmother to Brittany, Ashley, Tanner, Blaze, Mason, Chase, and the tragically departed little Nicole. She was also great-grandmother to Lincoln. Together Gerry and Mary Kay traveled, went on cruises, spent time in the woods, and attended to their large shared family with great care and happiness.

While Mary Kay worked most of her life, her true sources of joy and pleasure were her many friends and the large number of family members, old and new, whom she kept in touch with over the entire course of her life. A large personality to be sure, Mary Kay should best be remembered for the size of her heart— broken though it sometimes was— and her capacity to preserve, love and embrace all those who entered what was often a complicated and challenging life. She leaves this world too soon, but in the full knowledge that she was loved deeply and had given love to many. Her soul now rests with our Lord and those dearly departed who have gone before her and wait on the other side with open arms and a readiness for a good long talk, a good meal, and game or two of cards. We would say rest in peace, but alas, resting was never Mary Kay’s strong suit!

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Visitation

Friday

6

Jul

9:00 AM 7/6/2018 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Friday

6

Jul

11:00 AM 7/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

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American Heart Association

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