Mary Averill

Obituary of Mary Edna Averill

Mary Edna Averill, age 87 of Blissfield passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born August 24, 1931, in Ida, Arkansas, to John and Annie (Seymore) Williams. On March 27, 1948, she married Sam F. Averill in Newport, AR, who preceded her in death in 2007 after 59 years of marriage.  After moving to Michigan with her family in 1949, she worked at the American Chain and Cable for many years before becoming a full-time homemaker and “Gran” to her large family. She was a member of the Jacksonport Baptist Church in Jacksonport, AR.  In 1992, Sam and Mary moved from Palmyra, MI to return to their home state of Arkansas where they spent many happy years. Edna was active in her church and community of Jacksonport, AR. They returned to Blissfield in 2004. She was an avid flower gardener, she loved to play bingo and she enjoyed her many trips with her little sister, Wanda, to visit with their beloved sisters in AR. Together they were known as the “Williams girls from Grubbs.” She would always greet everyone with a warm hug and she generously opened her home to many people over the years. Her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was her pride and joy.


Mary will be missed by her children; Melvin Averill of Clayton, MI, Frankie (Jim) Cook of Clermont, FL, Colby (Bev) Averill of Jackson, MI, Dianna (Russell) Holloway of Adrian, MI, Becky (Jim) Thompson of Palmyra, MI, and Russ (Donna) Averill of South Lyon, MI.  “Gran” will be greatly missed by her 16 grandchildren; Samantha Averill, Audre Cook, Rachel (Scott) Loar, Jackie (Corey) Cooper, Caroline (Josh) Flores, Stephanie (Jesse) Rangel, Dan (Katie) Cook, Ty (Melissa) Averill, Chad Averill, Katie Averill, Jessica (Erik) Edmonson, Krissy Holloway (David Gurtzweiler), Duane (Tabitha) Thompson, James (Brooklyn Beaver) Thompson, Tommy Averill, and Brian Averill. She had 31 great-grandchildren. She is survived by two devoted sisters; Rachel Howard of McCrory, AR, and Wanda Jean (Solon) Sheldon of Blissfield, MI. “Aunt Edna” is survived by a host of special nieces and special nephews…..each one her favorite. She also leaves behind a large extended family and many wonderful friends, including her best bingo pals, Mary P. and Connie Irwin.  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters; Gladys Broadwater, Wanda Lee Syre and Geraldine Butler; two brothers; Chester Higgs and Claude (Sonny) Williams; and godson, Sammy Rodriguez.  Mary has touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind.


Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield. Visitation will also be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the Jackson’s Funeral Home in Newport, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jacksonport Baptist Church in Jacksonport, AR with burial following at the Blue Springs Cemetery in Newark, AR.  Services will be conducted by Brother Billy Ed Morris. Aunt Edna’s nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Jacksonport Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield, MI, and Jackson’s Funeral Home, Newport, AR.



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, April 5, 2019
Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home
9205 E. U.S. Hwy. 223
Blissfield, Michigan, United States
(517) 486-4400


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, April 8, 2019
Jackson's Funeral Home
1900 Malcolm Avenue
Newport, Arkansas, United States

Funeral Service

10:30 am
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Jacksonport Baptist Church
300 Dillard Street
Jacksonport, Arkansas, United States


11:30 am
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Blue Springs Cemetery
W. 6th Street
Newark, Arkansas, United States
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