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Mary  Ellen (Goodrich) McAlvey

Mary Ellen (Goodrich) McAlvey
  • December 4, 1928 - December 14, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Mary Ellen was such a nice & upbeat lady. It was always a fun visit with her!She was a wonderful seamstress & I never found another as good as her!...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Carla Gillette - Battle Creek, MI

“To Tim & Mary, Christine, Austin & family, Matt, Beth & family, Mike & family: sad for you, rejoicing with your Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma. Praying...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Don and Linda Marvin - MI

“Aunt MaryEllen will be greatly missed. I enjoyed seeing her at the 50th Reunion. My memories of going to Europe with her and Uncle Elwood are some of...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Pamela Mackie - Grand Ledge, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Aunt Mary was such a sweet person. May God comfort you i. Your grieving. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Renda Ruedger Golden - Ionia, MI

“I'm so sorry for your lost. I have nothing but fond memories of Aunt Mary. ”
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Mary Ellen McAlvey, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully Monday, December 14, 2020 at Pennfield Premier Living.

She was born in Battle Creek on December 4, 1928 to Frank N. and Clara (Lehmann) Goodrich. Mary Ellen was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Most of her life Mary Ellen worked at home as a seamstress and had also owned and operated Marie's Tailoring for eight years.

Mary Ellen married Elwood J. McAlvey June 30, 1951 at Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by Elwood, her husband of 56 years on March 6, 2008; her daughter, Diana Lynn Kowatch in 1999; a grandson, Evan Lewis Watson and by two brothers, J. Eugene Goodrich and Paul E. Goodrich. Surviving are two sons, Patrick (Judy) McAlvey of Sun City, FL and Timothy (Mary) McAlvey of Battle Creek; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and a niece Janet (Jerry) Peterson of August, MI.

Mary Ellen was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she played the piano and organ for 60 years. She also played the organ for 25 years in the Chapel at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was a former Camp Fire Leader and Boy Scout Den Mother. Mary Ellen enjoyed traveling with her husband Elwood, sewing, doing stain glass projects and especially spending time with her family.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, a public service will be held later when it is safe for Mary Ellen's family and friends to be together and celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon's. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal remembrances or messages for Mary Ellen's family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.