Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Mary Croker

   Mary J. (Smith) Croker, 85, passed away at home on Saturday, July 28, 2007 following a long illness of several yearís duration.

   Mary was raised on a farm in Clare, Michigan and graduated from Clare High School in 1939 She earned a scholarship to attend Central Michigan University and later went on to Columbia University for a graduate degree in education. She taught school for 38 years before retiring to Beaverton in 1994.

   After retirement from the public schools, she continued to teach catechism classes for Sacred Heart Church in Gladwin. Mary was a woman of faith who was active and generous in support of her community, family and friends.

   Mary began her teaching career in Battle Creek, Michigan She met her husband while doing volunteer work at the Veteranís Hospital in Kalamazoo (her husband, Robert Croker, was recovering from injuries received in World War II). They later moved to northern Illinois to raise their family Surviving are her two sons and two grandsons: Mason Croker of Gladwin (and his son, Austin), and Christopher Croker of Beaverton (and his son, Todd).

   Mary was preceded in death by her sister Mildred Lang of Beaverton, and by her brother, Charles Smith of Clare. Her parents were Mason Smith and Edna (McDonald) Smith of Clare.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 1, 2007 at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home in Beaverton Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Sacred Heart Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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