Mary Kirby, 78

Mary Mable (Teadt) Kirby, age 78, of Sturgis, died at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Mary was born in Sturgis, to Alfred and Ruth (Walters) Teadt on May 2, 1942. They preceded her in death. She attended Hiberly Country School, and then transferred to Centreville High School, from which she graduated in 1960.

On August 5, 1961, Mary married James Kirby of Sturgis. They built a house next to the family homestead and enjoyed a life full of children, grandchildren, school sporting events, and travel. Mary was especially dedicated to her home and took great pride in building and keeping a neat and tidy household for her children and husband. She was famous for never wanting to take credit for anything she had accomplished, and always having the receipt for gifts she had purchased. She worked quietly in the background of our lives, but was never afraid to speak up and give her opinion when it was required.

Mary dedicated a large portion of her life to caring for her beloved daughter, Donna. Donna was the center of each day for over 50 years. Mary spent many hours with Donna at bowling events, Special Olympics, doing her hair, and traveling to battlefields across the country. Donna preceded her mother in death, and even though we mourn the loss of a wife and mother, we are comforted in the knowledge that Mary and Donna had a beautiful reunion and are together again.

Mary is survived by Jim, her husband of 59 years, sons Douglas (Darci) Kirby, and Dennis (Larissa) Kirby, Sturgis; grandchildren Narissa (Leland II) Ross, Three Rivers, Alesha Kirby, Centreville, Hannah (Randy) Troyer, Sturgis, Darian (Christen) Kirby, Sturgis, Lauren (Jonathan) VanDuyne, Portage, and Collin Kirby, Surprise, Arizona; great-grandchildren Jackson Troyer, Leland Ross III, Maxwell Troyer, Owen Troyer, Finley Ross, Jameson Kirby, and baby VanDuyne; one sister LaDonna Sand, Centreville, and brothers Robert (Kay) Teadt, Sturgis, and Don Teadt, Centreville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to St. Jude Children’s Research, Creator’s Praise, or Rose Arbor Hospice.

Due to current restrictions, private family services will be held.  The public is invited to watch the livestream of Mary’s service on the Eley Funeral Home Facebook page on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM.  Pastor David Grimm, Creator’s Praise Church, will officiate.  Interment of ashes will be in Prairie River Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Eley Funeral Home, Centreville.  Please visit to sign Mary’s online guestbook and to leave a message for the family.

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