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Marie 'Mary' Ellen (Hubbell) Flees, 74, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 1, 2018 with her loving husband and daughter by her side.
Mary was born July 7, 1943 to the late John and Marie (DuCheney) Hubbell in Traverse City. Mary was one of four children.
On July 2, 1971 Mary married Edward, the love of her life.
Mary was the definition of selfless and caring. She spent many years rehabilitating animals from deer to hummingbirds and all in between. Her passion for the outdoors and her desire to help animals was most notably what Mary was most known for. She was "The Mother Nature" of the Boardman River area and her little oasis for them to be.
In the mid '80s Mary volunteered for a number of years in the Doula program. It was a real calling for her. In addition to her enjoyment with the program, she also unconditionally loved her schnauzers. Mary always believed them to be an extension of her family.
Mary is survived and missed dearly by her husband; her daughter, Michelle Perkins; sister, Pamela Teixeira; and brother, David (Melissa "Missy") Hubbell. She is also survived and missed by her nephews and nieces, Travis (Emily), Robin (Rob) and Dustin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jack Hubbell; and three infants.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at the St. Francis Catholic Church at 11 a.m., with visitation and greetings one hour prior.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider contributions to A.R.K. Association to Rescue Kritters, 3878 S. Maple Valley Road, Saint Helen, MI 48656; Munson Hospice House, 450 Brook St., Traverse City, MI 49684; or St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family on Mary's tribute page.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 7, 2018
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