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Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Way

September 1, 1940 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Mary Way Obituary

Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Way was born on September 1, 1940, in Temple, Oklahoma, to the late Richard and Vinnie Ruth (Darter) Evans. Mary passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 31, 2023, at the age of 83.

Mary's life was marked by her unwavering devotion to her family and her faith. She shared a beautiful marriage with her beloved husband, Gary Way, for 47 faithful years until his passing. Together, they nurtured a family that would be Mary's greatest joy and legacy.

Mary's life was one of service and dedication. She poured her heart into volunteering with Kids Hope USA and the Children's Ministry at First Baptist Church of Allegan, where she was a long-time member. Her commitment to these organizations reflected her deep belief in the importance of nurturing and guiding the young.

A stay-at-home mother by choice, Mary embraced the role with all her heart, creating a warm and loving home for her family. Her interests were a mirror of her love for the home and family; she delighted in birds of all kinds, engaging in arts and crafts, and celebrating Christmas with gusto. Mary transformed her home into a holiday wonderland each year, with a Christmas tree gracing every room, ornaments and cookies lovingly decorated, and a festive spirit that was infectious.

Mary's grandchildren were the center of her world, and she dedicated herself to being a part of their lives in every way possible. They will forever cherish the memories of their grandmother's thoughtful, loving, and gentle nature.

Her legacy is one of love and tenderness, of quiet strength and enduring faith. Mary's life was a testament to the beauty of simplicity and the power of devotion. Words like thoughtful, loving, and gentle are not just descriptors but the very principles by which she lived her life.

She is survived by her adoring children, Melissa (Michael) Basler and Matt Way; brothers, Richard Evans and Carl (Sherri) Evans; grandchildren, Zachary (Hélène) Basler, Breanna (Jared) Lauber, and Nathaniel Basler; and great-grandchildren, Oliver Lauber and Paul Basler.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gary Way; parents, Richard and Vinnie Ruth (Darter) Evans; sister, Suzanne Hirsch; and grandson Timothy Basler.

Mary’s visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2024, from 11:00am – 12:00pm with her Memorial service starting at 12:00pm officiated by Pastor Nathan Smith at First Baptist Church of Allegan. Private Inurnment will take place at a later time.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Awana or Kids Hope through First Baptist Church of Allegan at 1290 32nd Street, Allegan, MI 49010.



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January 5, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Allegan
1290 32nd Street
Allegan, MI 49010

Memorial Service
January 5, 2024

12:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Allegan
1290 32nd Street
Allegan, MI 49010


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