Terry, Mary Ellen
Her Legacy… Mary Ellen Terry, 94, passed away December 23, 2021. She was born on November 24, 1927, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Clarence Sparks and Rose (Dellinger) Sparks. Mary Ellen married her first husband, William Donahue Sr. with whom she shared over 50 wonderful years. She courageously and lovingly cared for him at home for five years after his major stroke. Following his death, she married H. Robert Terry, with whom she spent another 7 wonderful years until his passing. Mary Ellen was devoted to her faith in Jesus and to her family. She was a long-time member of Northville United Methodist Church and Aldersgate UMC in Redford, Michigan. During her life, she was a Sunday school teacher, a women’s Bible study leader, and a role model to many women. Mary Ellen exemplified the very best of what it means to be a believer in and disciple of Jesus Christ. Through her faith and true friendships, she led many to a vital relationship with Jesus. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. It is with an abiding sense of joy that we celebrate her homecoming with the One who loves her best and loves her most. For the moment she breathed her last breath here, she breathed her first breath there.
Her Family… Mary Ellen will be missed by her children, Reverend Bill (Nancy) Donahue and Jeff Donahue; brother, David (Louise) Sparks of Clempson, South Carolina; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kimberly, Ryan, and Scott; great grandchildren Jack, Kyle, Nathan, Sam, and Aida. She is preceded in death by her first husband, William Donahue Sr., second husband, H. Robert Terry, and her parents, Clarence and Rose Sparks.
Her Farewell… Mary Ellen’s family and friends will gather Monday, December 27, 2021, from 10:00am – 11:00am, at Dexter United Methodist Church, Dexter, Michigan. Her Community Farewell Service will follow at 11:00am. Reverend Stephen Bringardner will serve as celebrant. There will be no luncheon. Memorial contributions are suggested to Dexter United Methodist Church. Please leave a message of comfort for Mary Ellen’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.