Mary Ellen Beattie died on September 25, 2021 at the age of 79.
One of her most enduring and endearing traits was that of a nanny and caregiver, her children and grandchildren, her husband, family members, close companions, and a vast collection of dear friends. Whatever the situation, Mary Ellen listened fully and shared about herself in an insightful, caring and loving way.
Mary Ellen was born to Edward and Margaret (Fitzgibbon) Howarn on February 19, 1942, the second of two daughters raised in western Detroit. Proud of her Irish-Catholic heritage, Mary Ellen attended Epiphany Parish School and Immaculata High School (class of 1960). She would often heartily recount the many joys of growing up in mid-century Detroit (Hudson’s, streetcars, Vernors and Faygo, Boblo Island boats) and served as a cheerleader for the Detroit Red Wings during the Gordie Howe era. -Ted Lindsay. In the years to come, she will drive many of the sportiest Pontiacs of her time, including a LeMans, Grand Prix and Firebird (she wisely left the MPVs to Roy). Mary Ellen also maintained a close bond with her family in Bay City and loved the annual family summer vacation up north at Grand Lake near Presque Isle.
Before graduating from Eastern Michigan University, she became engaged to Roy Beattie, a golf professional at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, MI. They were married on Boxing Day 1964 and would soon be moving to Sylvania, OH when Roy became Head Golf Professional at Sylvania Country Club.
Over the next two decades, Mary Ellen and Roy raised two sons and two daughters in Sylvania. She was actively involved as a parishioner, CCD teacher and volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was also an enthusiastic hockey mom to Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter and a volunteer in countless school functions, including the parent council at St. John’s High School. After many years of managing the pro shop sales at Sylvania Country Club, she and Roy would later build and operate the golf facility known today as Quarry Ridge in Ottawa Lake, MI. Years later, Mary Ellen enjoyed managing the wedding department at Elder Beerman in Toledo and Jackson, MI.
After her retirement, Mary Ellen was an active grandmother of 13 children in 3 states, while remaining active with many close friends who shared her love of mahjong, cruises, or sometimes just a meal on the town. Unrolling usually meant a book in one hand and a phone in the other. Those who knew her best were in awe of how quickly she would make new friends, maintain those friendships, and form new relationships with each other. Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Dan (Sherry) Beattie, Jim (Kelly) Beattie, Sharon (Mike) Matousek and Janet (Dusty) Potter; his 13 grandchildren, CJ (Chelsea), Jake (Cara), Luke, Drew, Tyler, Aiden, Paige, Logan, Sullivan, Keegan, Cole, Quin and Pierce; her sister Janet’s, husband, Ed (Gerri) Parks; with countless cousins; nieces; nephews; and friends. She was predeceased by her 40-year-old husband, Roy D. Beattie; his parents; and her sister, Janet Parks; and his companion years later, Ned Barnes. With the death of Mary Ellen thus ended a line of Howarn descendants that Mary Ellen could trace back to the 18th century.
In keeping with her spirit of selflessness, Mary Ellen donated her remains to the University of Toledo Medical Center. A commemorative mass and a celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Saint-Joseph de Sylvanie Catholic Church. Instead of flowers, the family suggests commemorative contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Toledo Junior Golf Association.
Posted by The Blade on October 3, 2021.