Mary Clare Dufford (Weeks), born April 20, 1931, passed away April 12, 2018 after a three-year battle with a debilitating stroke.
Mary adored animals large and small, but her heart belonged to her Siberian huskies; she was a lifetime member of the Great Lakes Sled Dog Association.
Mary enjoyed traveling from Alaska to Aruba and everywhere in between; some of her fondest memories were of the two years she lived in Iran. Hal and Mary relocated from Marne to Kalkaska in 1980. Because of their passion for dog sledding, love of snow and the wonderful friends they made in the area, Kalkaska became home.
Mary never shied away from adventure, a new restaurant to try or making new friends. Her home was always open to her dear mushers, horse people, co-workers, neighbors and strays that needed a place to stay.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2011, mother, father, stepmother, sister and grandson, Jacob Paul Meier.
She is survived by brothers, Doug (Donna) Weeks and Kim Weeks; children, Greg (Julie) Dufford, James (Dee) Dufford, Cathy (Bob)Scarbrough, Sue (Chip) Adams, Becky (Rick) Marcinkus and Todd (Stephanie) Dufford; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Per Mary's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life is scheduled for May 12, 2018 at 1 p.m., at Kalkaska Funeral Home 152 S. Cedar St., Kalkaska.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local humane society or rescue organization in Mary's name.
Published on April 15, 2018