BALDWIN—Mary Mason Aadnesen, 73, of Baldwin, passed away on Oct. 25, 2016, with her daughters by her side. A woman of exceptional grace, character, and kindness, Mary was born on Dec. 7, 1942, to her parents, John Theron and Kathryn Kobert Mason.

She spent the first 20 years of her life in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she met her former husband and began a life of service and adventure as a United States Marine Corps spouse, living in California, Oklahoma, Virginia and on the Island of Guam.

She was a devoted mother to her two daughters and spent her free time doing volunteer work for a number of military organizations, including the Navy Relief Society, various officers’ wives groups and the American Red Cross, where she worked for 17 years supporting the nursing assistance program, setting up blood banks and managing disaster relief efforts.

Following a career in retail where she worked to help put her children through college, Mary moved to Baldwin in the early 1990s to care for her ailing mother and made a wonderful life for herself. She worked for the Baldwin Pathfinder Community Library for 25 years where she brought joy to all she encountered. Her beautiful smile, mischievous spirit and heartfelt hugs were the hallmark of who she was. Mary was very involved at St. Ann Catholic Church.

Her faith was very important to her. She was a Eucharistic Minister, volunteered at the Bread of Life Food Pantry and visited regularly with the residents of Grand Oaks Nursing Home, where her hugs, compassion and encouraging spirit helped many. One of Mary’s greatest joys were her four-footed children. She is survived by her cocker spaniels, Muffin and Desiree Soleil and her cat, Felicity. She is also survived by her daughters, Cathy and (Gregg) Ward, of Jackson Wyo., and Alicia (Tim) Phillips of Elliott City, Md., all of whom will miss her tremendously.

A funeral Mass for Mary was held at St. Ann Catholic Church on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, with Fr. Ron Schneider officiating.

Donations can be made in Mary’s honor to St. Ann Catholic Church or the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Baldwin, Michigan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home and Cremation Services (231)745-4680.