Mary Grace Woodry, of Conway, Mich., and formerly of Delray Beach, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Mary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Jan. 21, 1924.
Daughter of Marin Simescu and Helina Simescu of Romanian ancestry, Mary had a younger sister, Helen Willis of Rochester, Mich., and two brothers, Eugene and Raymond Simescu. When Mary was a young child, her family moved to the Detroit area where she and her siblings were raised. Mary graduated from Cooley High School where she played basketball and was team captain. Her father, Marin, among other things, enjoyed playing the violin on Detroit's Romanian Hour radio program. Mary enjoyed cooking, sewing and knitting and playing bridge.
General Motors) and George Romney, honored the automotive pioneers of the era, including George Holley, Charles Nash, Barney Oldfield, Ransom Olds, and Henry Ford, General Motors founder William Durant and then chairman, Alfred P. Sloan. Mary's Jubilee Queen dress was recently given and is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum.
She fell in love and married Clifton (Kip) Woodry Jr. in 1946 who formed and ran a construction company in Detroit and built a home in Orchard Lake and a summer home on Crooked Lake. They summered there since the 1951 and she was active in the community, including serving as past commodore of the Crooked Lake Yacht Club and was active in the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association and Tip of the Mitt Watershed.
Upon retirement Mary and Kip kept their home in Crooked Lake and wintered in Delray Beach, Fla. Mary's last several years were spent between the home she loved on Crooked Lake and Independence Village after a tragic car accident in 2006. Mary loved lived life and never met a stranger. Her positive attitude and friendly nature will be missed by all who knew her. Kip Woodry preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Corey Woodry of Hancock, Mich., and Janet Woodry of Apex, N.C.; one grandchild, Christopher Woodry of Hancock, Mich.; one great-grandson, Easton Woodry; and her sister Helen Willis.
A short memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Charles Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey. A celebration of life ceremony will take place in the summer.