Age 81, of Lake City, MI, passed away August 26, 2013. She was born June 13, 1932, in Lansing, MI, daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Hughes) Hollingsworth.

Mary Lou worked for the Lansing School Board and the State of Michigan (MDOT) and retired from the Crime Division, Attorney General. She resided in Lansing until her retirement when she and Jack relocated to Lake City, MI.

She is survived by her husband, Jack A. Ver Planck of Lake City; sons, Ronald (Roxane) Ver Planck of Kalamazoo, Mark (Pam) Ver Planck of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, Jason (Mary Clayton) Ver Planck of Ashburn, VA, Tami (Mark) Keifer of Lansing, Neil (Liisa) Ver Planck of East Lansing, Kim Ver Planck of Lansing; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Alexander, Jackson and Jeremiah.

A graveside inurnment of ashes will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing. Donations may be made in honor of Mary Lou to Mercy Hospice, 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI  49601. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

Mary Lou’s motto in life was to Live, Love and Laugh.

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9 Messages to “Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Ver Planck”

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    Alan VerPlanck Says:

    Jack and family, I seem to have inherited my dad’s propensity for neglecting to keep contact with family and friends. This is certainly a terrible way to be reminded of that defect. Of dad’s extended family my mother (and my brother and I) always held you and your family in the highest regard and I have only the best memories of Mary Lou and of course sympathy for those of you who were close to her.

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    Mike and Mary Price Says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Denise Dawdy Curl Says:

    Jack – I was so sorry to hear about Mary Lou’s passing. I remember spending time with the two of you at many Christmas parties or retirement luncheons at the Elk’s. It was so much fun back then seeing everyone having a good time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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    Mike Baird Says:

    Sometimes you don’t think about someone for a long time. And then sad news comes and smacks you right on the side of your head and you realize just how special and unique a certain person was. Mary Lou was one of those people. She had a personality and a quality to her that was pure. I cannot ever remember a time when she wasn’t smiling, happy or pumped up about something. She always made me feel like I counted. So very sorry for your loss.

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