Life Story / Obituary
Although some view being a mother to be mundane work with little reward, nothing could be further from the truth when describing Mary Lou Firth as she lived and breathed being a mother. Later on, things only got better when her four children had families of their own, making her a grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, too. Mary Lou was gracious and kindhearted, the sort of woman who was genuine in her concern for all those who were within her reach. She was hardworking and diligent, yet she also took time to enjoy life along the way. Life without Mary Lou will never be the same, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.
The 1902s were a vibrant time in America when the days were primarily prosperous ones, but the 1930s were a much different story as the entire decade was cloaked in the hardship of the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce and the unemployment rate soared, and things only became more dire in the midst of it when a crippling drought covered our nation’s heartland for nearly two years. Despite the hardship around them, a young couple from Fremont, Michigan, was filled with unspeakable joy as they welcomed their healthy baby girl into their hearts and home on March 19, 1932. Mary Lou was one of four children in her family as her two brothers, Bob and Jack, and her two sisters, Noreen and Pat, were also raised in the family home. When she was just three years old, Mary Lou moved to the highly desirable Glendale neighborhood in Detroit along with her family.
In many ways, Mary Lou was a young girl of her generation. She and her family were deeply saddened with the death of her father when she was just a young girl of eight. However, the family pulled together and weathered the storm. As a teen Mary Lou enjoyed dancing the jitterbug with her younger sister, Pat, and it has been said that the neighborhood kids would peek through the windows to watch them. As a teen, she worked at Big Bear Market.
New and exciting changes were in store for Mary Lou when she met the young man of her dreams. His name was Robert Firth, and sparks flew right from the start. Mary Lou and Robert began dating, and it wasn’t long before they found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, the sweethearts were married, marking the beginning of a new chapter in a love story that would span several years. Together they were blessed with the births of four children, Robert, Patrice, Randy, and Ken.
From the moment she became a mother, Mary Lou fully immersed herself in the role. She loved every part of nurturing and caring for her family, and they were her primary focus. Mary Lou was very protective where her children were concerned, and she was actively involved in their lives as well. She enjoyed cooking for her family, and everything she made was always made with love, which is a big part of why everything was so delicious. Among her most requested dishes was her famous potato salad that was loved by all.
Later in life, Mary Lou continued to embrace each and every day she was given. She was delighted to watch her family tree continue to grow. Over the years Mary Lou was thrilled to become a grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 14, and a great-great-grandmother of six. She always loved having fun with her family with amusement parks being one of her favorite places to go. Mary Lou wasn’t picky, either, since she loved them all including Boblo Island, Edgewater Park, and Cedar Point. It wasn’t until she was in her late forties that Mary Lou finally got her driver’s license. In addition to caring for her family, she spent 35 years working at Kmart both in the toy department and later as a stockroom manager. For years Mary Lou loved hosting her Christmas parties, and she also played a lot of cards.
All who knew Mary Lou Firth would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. She was extremely compassionate and generous beyond compare with a heart that was was big as they come. Accompanied with a quiet strength that was unique to her, Mary Lou faced whatever came her way while holding fast to the love of her family. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Mary Lou Firth died on December 23, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Robert. Loving Mother of Robert (Lynn), Patrice (Paul) Mantz, Randy (Dotti) and Ken (Shelley). Dearest Grandmother of 14, Great Grandmother of 14 and Great Great Grandmother of 6. Visitation will be held on Sunday, 3-9 p.m. and Funeral Services will be held on Monday, 12 p.m. at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile (Between Middlebelt and Merriman). In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angela Hospice. You may share a memory or photo and sign the guestbook at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com.