Mary Jo Ann Mercer

Mary Jo Mercer, 72, of Lansing, MI, passed away November 10, 2019. She was born in Lansing on July 17, 1947, the only child of Arden and Georgia Isbell. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Donald, and their children: daughter Wendy, and sons Robert (Lisa), and Thomas.

After graduating from Everett High School, she worked as a secretary at Vocational Rehabilitation and the Michigan Department of Transportation, then retired to raise their children. Later she operated her own typing service. In later years she became an avid quilter, specializing in dressing dolls and stuffed animals and wrapping them in small coordinated quilts, which were then given to the Salvation Army for Toys for Tots. She enjoyed visualizing young children meeting their new best friends on Christmas morning. She especially enjoyed making and dressing sock monkeys. Her other pleasures included gardening, bike riding, and attending Lansing Lugnuts games.

As all who knew her can attest, Mary Jo was a kind, sweet, and thoughtful gentlewoman.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Jon Greene
November 13, 2019 at 8:16 am

My sympathies to you Don. She was a great lady and we will miss her at the Y. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to the visitation and funeral as I’m away with the National Guard this week.

Bradley and Cindy Hagerty
November 13, 2019 at 6:51 pm

Donald and Family,

Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mary Jo has moved on to heaven far beyond this ecosphere of struggle and toil but not before leaving this world a better and more loving place. Now with the angels, she can continue her work of spreading joy and love.

For Don and Mary Jo, an old adage comes to mind: “Behind every good man is a good woman.”

We are so sorry that we won’t be around for the services. Our hearts are with you. Please accept our sincere condolences;
Bradley and Cindy Hagerty
Lansing, Michigan

Penny and Al Dewey
November 15, 2019 at 8:48 am


We are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time.

Penny and Al Dewey


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