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Mary Nettie (Burns) Woodman

October 10, 1927 ~ July 13, 2020 (age 92)


     Mary Nettie Woodman, age 92, of Alma, MI, passed into the arms of her loving Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020, at Masonic Pathways.

     Private Family Funeral Services will be held at East Washington United Brethren Church, Ashley, MI, with Pastor Jeff Reser officiating. Burial will take place at Chapel Garden Cemetery, Seville Township, MI. For those who would like to watch the funeral service, please visit the funeral homes Facebook page on Friday July 17, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Public Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 5-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI.

     Mary was born in Ada, MI on October 10, 1927, the daughter of Robert W. and Nellie (Heldrop) Burns. She graduated with the class of 1945 from Eastern High School, Lansing, MI. Mary married Robert Eugene "Gene" Woodman on April 3, 1954 in Pompeii, MI.

     Mary was known as "Go Go Mary", she was always active and busy doing something. She enjoyed gardening, canning, fishing, sewing, quilting and she loved playing games. Mary and Gene spent many happy winters in Florida where they were surrounded by family and church family.  Mary was proud of her Dutch heritage and collected many items associated with her roots. She had a jovial nature and liked being in the middle of everything going on with family, especially with her grandkids and great grandkids, this is where she was the happiest. 

     She was a member of East Washington United Brethren Church. Mary and Gene were very active volunteers in the church. Mary lived her life serving the Lord. She was a vessel for the Lord to work through, setting a Christian example, leading her family and friends to their faith. She could be found sending greeting cards and well wishes to church friends and taking food to shut ins. Mary had a big heart and always put others before herself.

     She is survived by her husband of 66 years Gene Woodman of Alma, MI; daughters: Pam and Ron Sosebee of Ithaca, MI; Cindy and Doug Anderson of Lansing, MI; grandchildren: Christopher and Jenny Sosebee of Fort Wayne, IN; Ellery and Brianna Sosebee of DeWitt, MI; Shanna Konecny of Lansing, MI; Valarie and Scott Knickerbocker of St. Johns, MI; Vanessa and Jeremy Sodman of Elsie, MI; Brandon Anderson of Hawaii; Ryan Anderson and fiancée Alli of DeWitt, MI; and sister in law Gwen Showers of Ithaca, MI. She is also survived by great grandchildren: Reis, Sammy, Brock, Ian, Nash, MyKala, Jonathon, Joey, and Averie; great great grandchildren: Tucker, Tanner, McKenzie, Emberlynn, Ellie; and many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Charlie Burns, sister and brother in law Nellie Ann and Robert Proctor, father in law Fred R. Woodman, mother in law Letha Woodman, and brother in law Arlan Showers.

     Memorials may be made to East Washington United Brethren Church, Ashley, MI 48806. Online condolences can be made at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI.

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July 16, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Ithaca
1333 East Center Street
Ithaca, MI 48847

Private Family Funeral Service

East Washington United Brethern Church
8051 S. Crapo Road
Ashley, MI 48806

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