Mary died September 17, 2023, in East Lansing, MI. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, David W Jessup; daughter, Cynthia Jessup Sewell and husband James of Manchester, MI; daughter, Sharon (Brian) Grant of Livermore, CA; son, Donald (Cindy) Jessup of DeWitt, MI; sister, Suzanne (Ronald) Kregel; sister-in-law, Susan H. Neller; grandchildren, Ashleigh (Brian Halloran) Sewell, Caitlin Sewell (Michael Graham), David (Kyla) Grant, Andy (Dana) Grant and Liane Grant Sponberg (Eric), Stephen Jessup (Karli Hnetynka), Michael (Jessy) Jessup and Laura Jessup; plus 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. Preceding her in death were her parents, Walter W. and Frances Harvey Neller, and her brother W. Richard Neller.
Mary graduated from Michigan State University and was affiliated with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Mary was a community volunteer giving generously of her time to Central United Methodist Church, Sparrow Hospital, Kappa Alpha Theta and her many friends.
Her family shared her love of wildflowers, and they all anxiously awaited the first blooms in the spring. Numerous species of birds flocked to the birdfeeder she religiously kept filled year-round and enjoyed their antics as they nudged each other for their turn to feed. Genealogy was among her many interests, and she was the family historian extraordinaire; it will be hard to fill those shoes. Mary was a prolific note writer and loved to send words of encouragement, thank-you’s and well wishes. She often used her own photographs as postcards to share her travels. The whole family teased her about single-handedly keeping the USPS in business.
A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023, at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933, with the Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis officiating. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to The David and Mary Jessup Dietetic Internship Scholarship Endowment at Michigan State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or Central United Methodist Church, Lansing. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.