Mary A. Couzens

    Mary Alice Couzens, 99, of Portage, went to be with the Lord, March 27, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo.  Mary was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Owosso, MI, the daughter of Emory and Minnie (Ockerman) Simpson.
    Mary found joy in teaching at the elementary level.  She also lead a community Bible study for many years, as she was quite dedicated to her faith. After moving into Story Point Assisted Living, she often played games or cards with her neighbors, coaching them along the way. Known as a lovable listener, she made friends everywhere she went.
    Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Couzens; second husband, Earl Wilson; siblings, Thema Edwards, Bea Pribble, James Simpson; and her granddaughter, Caryn Cable.
    Surviving are her children,  Jack (Susan) Couzens, II, Judi (Al) Smith; grandchildren,  Shannon (Andy) Frey, Jennifer (Carl) Knutson, Allen (Renea) Smith, Alice (Don) Hurlbert, and Robyn Smith; great-grandchildren, Halle, Maren, Finley, Sam, Amelia, Brendan, Morgan, Dan, Nate, and Alex; and nephews, Rick and Jack. Cremation has taken place.
     A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive,  Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900, with visitation one hour prior. A luncheon will follow the service in the Life Story Center.
    Visit Mary’s personal web page at:, to read her story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo First Assembly of God or Crossroads of Michigan.


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