BUDA — Mary Florence Smith Carper, 100, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
She was born on March 16, 1919, and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1937. She married Donald P. Carper Sr. on Feb. 21, 1939, and they lived for many years in Buda.
Mary and her four siblings were raised by their widowed mother in Sheffield. She worked as a cafeteria cook in the Western High School District, Buda, from 1966 to 1987. As such, she knew several generations of students and kept up with their lives through local newspapers, which she read every day until her death. She also befriended many neighborhood children and often said, “You can never have too many grandmothers.” From 2007 until her death, she lived at Liberty Village, Princeton, where many of these friends re-connected at her 100th birthday party in March, 2019.
Mary loved visiting Suzie’s Slots in Princeton and Psycho Silo, which was originally a railroad stop where she once played with a childhood friend. To the envy of many, her red hair never turned gray.
Mary was active in the Share Program, Buda Veterans Day dinner, American Legion Auxiliary, Home Extension and the Red Hat Society. She was a member of the Buda Methodist Church where she taught Bible school, Sunday school and was treasurer.
She is survived by three sons, Donald (Charlene) Carper Jr. of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Thomas (Gayle) Carper of Macomb and Joseph (Nancy) Carper of Sheffield; a daughter-in-law, Annette Carper of Macomb; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Janice; and two sons, David and Michael.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the First United Church of Christ in Sheffield. Burial will take place in Hopeland Cemetery, Buda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Buda Hopeland Cemetery, the Sheffield Rescue Squad or the Western Bureau County Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.