29777 Telegraph Road Suite 1651
Southfield, MI 48034
25882 Orchard Lake Rd Suite 102
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Mary Ellen Spendlove was born September 1, 1948 in Benton Harbor, MI to John Carroll and Margaret Elizabeth (nee Robinson) Howard. She graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1966 and also from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan in 1970. Mary Ellen married Timothy John Spendlove on May 23, 1970. She taught at Chesaning Schools for one year, raised a family for sixteen years and then worked for Kinder Kare for twenty years before retirement. During her adult life, she was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Saginaw where she volunteered for funeral lunches and taught CCD classes. Mary Ellen resided in Saginaw, MI from 1970 until 2016 when she moved to Lowell, MI. She enjoyed her Irish heritage, casinos, word puzzles, coffee, the Holland cottage, lighthouses, her many, many cousins, Leche League, Ladies golf league, puns and much more. Surviving Mary Ellen are her children,Thomas (Christine) Spendlove II of Frankenmuth, MI, Tracy (Christopher) Nelson of Lowell, MI and Theodore (Traci Clements) Spendlove of Homewood, IL; nine grandchildren, Cassidy, Abby and Zoey Spendlove, Erica, Matthew, Gunnar and Joset Nelson, and Marcus and Lily Trinidad; siblings, Susan (Sandy) Duckworth of Baldwin, MI, John (Karen) Howard of Wisconsin, James (Rose) Howard of Warren, MI; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Thomas Howard and brother-in-law Edward Duckworth. Visitation will be Thursday, January 9 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N.Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331 with a rosary at 7:30 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, January 10 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Church, 402 Amity St SE, Lowell, MI 49331 with a luncheon to follow. Rev. Aaron Ferris presiding. Memorials may be made to MS foundation 29777 Telegraph Road Suite 1651 Southfield, MI 48034 or CCFA foundation 25882 Orchard Lake Rd Suite 102 Farmington Hills, MI 48336.