MARKAITY Margaret Therese (Eardley) Markaity Therese was born on December 10 1927 and died July 27 2011. Her life was shaped growing up during the Depression surrounded by four older siblings a strong loving mother and a hard working father. Like many in her generation she was a practical no nonsense woman who lived simply and without extravagance. By her own description Mom was a sensitive soul who made decisions with her heart first but then stood by those decisions and opinions with conviction. She attended Aquinas College after graduating from Catholic Central High School. She left college to pursue nurses training at Mercy Central School of Nursing and began working as a registered nurse upon completion of the program. While in training at Mercy Mom forged lifelong friendships with a core group of women who came always and forever to be known as The Sweethearts. The memories she shared with them were priceless to her and could make her laugh as if they had happened just yesterday. Mom met Dad Ed Markaity on a blind date arranged by friends. He was a handsome man from the big city of Detroit who shared the same faith and values that were important to her and they were married in January 1956. Their family grew quickly to include five children within six and a half years. It was those years of raising her children especially the early years that she would remember as being the best times of her life. But even during that time Mom realized she wanted to complete what she had started some 25 years earlier and returned to Aquinas in the 70s to complete her bachelors degree. No small feat with five children at home and working part time at Clark Home. While Mom may have been fiscally frugal she was generous in sharing her sense of humor with those close to her. She once described it as a refined sense of humor. Everyone else knew it to be wicked funny and it remained so until her last days. She could have a sharp tongue by her admission but her commentary usually resulted in uproarious laughter because of her unique sense of humor. She also left us with classic mom-isms such as youre breathing my air which meant we better scatter and give her space. Weve all gone on to use that one a time or two in our own lives. Mom was preceded in death by Dad in 1994. She is survived by her children Michael (Joyce), Mary (Scott), Anne (Scott Wright), Susan (Ron), Maureen (Mike) and nine grandchildren. Along with her immediate family she will also be remembered by her brother-in-law and his wife Bernie and Corine Markaity numerous nieces and nephews and of course The Sweethearts. At her request cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A private family memorial service will be held later this month at St. Thomas the Apostle Church where she was baptized and married. Memorial contributions may be made in Thereses honor to the capital campaign underway for expansion of the physical rehabilitation center at St. Anns Home or Spectrum Health Hospice. We would like to extend a special thanks to the hard working nursing staff from Marys Haven for their amazing care and patience with our mom. Please know you made a difference in her life. Mom your long journey is over now rest in peace.