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“Wonderful manager and co-worker with me at BCHS. Honored to have known her. My best to her family. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Patrick Garrett - MI - Coworker

“I'm so sorry for the loss of your love one so sorry I missed the service I just found out . I loved her dearly she was sweet and she was my girl ....Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Christina Weatherall - MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's passing. I just seen her at the casino and had a nice visit with her.Mary Jo has been a life long friend. I...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Lorinda Smith - Battle Creek, MI

“To the family of Mary Jo,I was saddened to hear of your loss and another loss of my classmates - BCCHS Class of 1975. May God grant you the peace...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Julie Freeman - Dickinson, TX

“So very sorry for your loss. I know Mary Jo will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Eakins - Battle Creek, MI

“She will truly be missed was a good boss rih ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Cynthia Mexico Mexico - MI

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Marty and the Fruin family. We will cherish the memories of knowing Mary Jo and the time spent together...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Carol & Bill Kopp - Bellevue, MI


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Mary Jo Fruin passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 19th, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Albion, MI on October 27th, 1957, to James and Bonnie (Nelson) Tuyls, Mary Jo, to all who know her, was a unique, and caring individual and touched many lives. She married Martin (Marty) Fruin on November 14th, 1981. Mary Jo was a devoted Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, who would give without question to those in need, always putting others first. Mary Jo had a heart as big as the ocean. She was totally dedicated to her children and grandchildren in all aspects of their lives.

Mary Jo graduated from Battle Central High School in 1975. She worked for Battle Creek Health Systems for 30+ years as a Support Services Manager, retiring in 2018. Her hobbies included county fairs, casinos, spending time with her family, and anything Christmas.
She was preceded in death by her father James Tuyls.

She is survived by her beloved husband Marty Fruin of 40 years, her mother Bonnie Tuyls, and children Jonathon Chilton, Macey Kintigh, Christopher (Stephanie) Fruin and Amber (James) Wetherill, all of Battle Creek. Nine grandchildren Kaylee, Kaycie, Mykhalia, Zoey, Averie, Oliver, Mykenzie, Isabella, Clark and two great grandchildren. Nine siblings, Debbie (Tom) Williamson, Pati (Keith) Rodriguez, Cindy Johnston, James (Kim) Tuyls, Becky Tuyls, Jody (Tim) Born, Vicki Tuyls, Todd (Erin) Tuyls, Troy (Jennifer) Tuyls. Several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek MI with her nephew, Pastor Jason Rodriguez officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Bronson Hospital Children's NICU. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

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