McCrary, IlaMae

Passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at HealthSource of Saginaw. Age 82 years. IlaMae Johnson was born on August 1, 1927 in Saginaw to the late John and Mabel (Bero) Johnson. She married Rolland R. McCrary on February 10, 1947 in Saginaw. He preceded her in death in September 2002. IlaMae worked as a waitress for several bars and as a clerk at a local drug store, but her family will remember her most for her role as “domestic goddess” and the work she did to make their home a warm and loving place to grow up in. IlaMae was a member of St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport and for several years, she was also a member of the Saginaw Osteopathic Guild. IlaMae loved her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Left to cherish her memory is one son, Rodney McCrary of Grand Rapids; three daughters: Mary Jo (Dennis) Durek of West Branch, Debra (Art) Chinery of Saginaw, and Christine Gee of Bay City; a special daughter; Katherine Rourke of Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one brother: Albert (Anna) Johnson of Saginaw: two sister-in-laws: Ina Johnson of Saginaw, Lillian Johnson of Grand Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland, seven brothers, seven sisters, and a son-in-law, Antonio Vescio. IlaMae’s Funeral Service will take place at 12:00 p.m., Monday, April 26, 2010 at St. Mark Episcopal Church, 3060 Williamson Road in Bridgeport. Rev. Charles Stuart will officiate. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Saturday, April 24, 2010 and Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Heartland Hospice or Disabled Veterans of America. Please share your thoughts and memories with IlaMae’s family at the funeral home, church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.