Nov. 4, 1923 - Nov. 11, 2013
MOTTVILLE, Mich. — Mary Elizabeth Naylor, 90, departed this life Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
She was born Nov. 4, 1923, to Louis and Louie Inez Schmidtendorff of Mottville.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi Ruth Schmidtendorff; brother Everitt U. Schmidtendorff; sister Treva Wheelock and her spouses; as well as her sister-in-law, Ona Berry; and brothers-in-law Ogle and Arden Naylor and their spouses. She is survived by her sister, Sylvia Lowell; brother-in-law Albert Naylor and his wife Jeanne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She graduated from White Pigeon High School and married Ora W. Naylor of White Pigeon on Aug. 30, 1941. There were no children.
She worked for C.G. Conn, Elkhart, Ind., and was a correspondent for The Elkhart Truth and continued to write occasional articles into her 80s. She was a waitress at several restaurants in Elkhart and Mottville and then worked as secretary for the St. Joseph County (Michigan) Sheriff. She was also a secretary in the original office staff of Glen Oakes Community College. She was a fixture at the Mottville Township board and zoning board meetings and the unofficial historian of Mottville and the surrounding area. She loved old, historic houses and was an accomplished genealogist.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon.