Mary Alice Whipple, 70 of Petoskey, died October 8, 2012 at her home.
Mary Alice was born on August 20, 1942 in Cadillac, Michigan, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Hodges) Faunce. Mary Alice was raised in Cadillac and graduated from Cadillac High School in 1960. She earned an Associated Degree in Nursing from Northwestern Michigan Community College and completed her BSN from the University of Michigan. The last half of her career shifted to home health care, first at Munson Medical Center and finishing with Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency.
In 1967, Mary Alice married Ron Whipple in Cadillac and he preceded her in death. On December 22, 1994, Mary Alice married John Thurman in Bellaire, MI and he survives.
She enjoyed camping, traveling, home design, and barbershop music. It was her love of barbershop music that lead her to become a member of Sweet Adeline’s International. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey and volunteered with the Red Cross assisting in disaster relief across the United States.
Mary Alice is survived by her husband, John Thurman; 3 sons, Christopher Whipple, Michael (Sara) Whipple, and Matthew Whipple; 2 step children, Katherine Thurman and J. Michael Thurman; 1 grandchild, Soren Thurman; 4 sisters, Barb Laino, Dorothy Stenman, Judy (Rex) Smith; and Marge (Don) Van Dyke; and by a brother, Robert (Norma) Faunce. She was preceded in death by a brother William “Billy” Faunce and by a sister, Marilyn Johnston.
A funeral service celebrating Mary Alice’s life will be held on Friday, October 12th at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Petoskey. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 11th from 6-8pm at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey.
Those wishing to make a donation in Mary Alice’s memory are asked to consider the Hospice of Northwest Michigan or Sweet Adelines International.