Mary Eve Clemence
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Clemence, Mary Eve Mary Eve Clemence, 71 years old of Ann Arbor, MI died peacefully on May 29th. Mary was the daughter of Randall Byrd and Sara (DeLong) Clemence. Mary was the beloved life partner of Maurice (Moe) Sullivan. Mary was born and raised in West Branch, Michigan and graduated from West Branch High School. She later received a BA from The University of Michigan and worked for over 45 years at The University of Michigan Law Library where she made many lifelong friends. She volunteered for various charities over many years, was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, traveling to Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Isle Royal National Park and was interested in an amazingly wide variety of subjects. Mary was the liaison for our family scattered around the country and the tireless family historian, compiling the genealogy of our family. She was a loving caregiver, dear sister and friend and always had a sympathetic ear, giving timely advice when asked by her family and friends. Survived by her partner of 47 years Maurice Sullivan, brothers Lee (Penny) Clemence, Chuck Clemence, John (Carrie) Clemence and sister Jane (Clemence) Zachariah. Mary has 7 nieces and nephews and 9 great-nieces and nephews. Mary was cremated per her wishes and there will be a memorial service at a future date. Charities that were close to Mary's heart: The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America; Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor, MI; Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 7 to Jun. 8, 2021.
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June 13, 2021
I worked with Mary at the Law Library for 27 years. Shortly after I began working at the Law Library, I was house hunting in Ann Arbor, and Mary went with me one evening after work to look at a house that was for sale “by owner” about a mile or so up the road from her home. I needed another set of trusted eyes who knew about the general neighborhood to look everything over with me (not to mention a bit of moral support), and I ended up buying the house and I live there to this day. Mary was a big reader, and many of the books and authors on her reading lists ended up on my reading lists and bookshelves.

At work, Mary was a trusted colleague who cared deeply about the Law Library and those with whom she worked. She treated everyone with respect and was a professional to her core. Always positive in her outlook and approach to problem solving, she was someone we wanted on committees and working groups because she was helpful and brought a depth of experience to whatever was being discussed.

My deepest condolences go out to Moe, and her sister, brothers, and nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Diane Fichter
Coworker
June 13, 2021
Maurice Sullivan
Spouse
June 12, 2021
My heart felt condolences to Mary’s family. Mary was a year ahead of me in high school and I’m not sure that I’ve even seen her more than once or twice since, but she definitely made a lasting impression. We were in band together and I remember her playing an Oboe. Mary was a smart, and loving individual, who made our world a better place to live. Mary’s family is in my thoughts tonight. A beautiful family as I recall. Sincerely, Tom and Nancy (Rabidue) McCauley
Nancy McCauley
Friend
June 11, 2021
I had the opportunity to work with Mary for almost 30 years in the Law Library. She was a great colleague and friend, always willing to share her knowledge and expertise. She helped me with wise advice throughout my career. Mary also had a wonderful sense of humor, a vibrant personality, and quick wit--and we laughed a lot together. I especially remember Mary's various roles in our Law Library holiday and retirement party skits and her practical jokes -- she was hilarious. We also shared a love of grammar and enjoyed figuring out proper usage and discussing our pet peeves about grammatical errors. Mary was a good friend and beautiful person inside and out. I will miss her.
Barb Garavaglia
Coworker
June 11, 2021
I am very sad to hear of Mary's passing. I worked with her for 10 years at the Law Library and she was always a great co-worker and friend. I still often rely on advice I received from her. My thoughts are with her friends and family.
Tom Carey
Coworker
June 10, 2021
Mary was my classmate at West Branch High School, a fellow Oriole. I am so sorry to learn of her passing. She had an infectious laugh and a very kind heart. In loving memory of a great gal.
Kristen VanOosten Schubert
Classmate
June 10, 2021
Maurice Sullivan
Spouse
June 10, 2021
I worked with Mary for 20ish years and always enjoyed her kindness, can-do attitude, and fun stories. She was a font of wisdom and always had an ear to give, followed by advice. I will miss seeing her as it was always a joy when she returned to the Library.
Kincaid Brown
Coworker
June 9, 2021
I NEVVER MET HER BUT WORKED WITH MO FOR SO MANY YEAARS AT THE UNVERSITY...JIM
jim snyder
Friend
June 9, 2021
I worked in the Law Library with Mary for almost 40 years. She was a wonderful colleague who had a knack for making things go right. She was a friend as well and I will miss the anticipatory pleasure I always felt when going to join her for our post-retirement get-togethers. A good person, gone too soon.

Barbara Snow
Barbara Snow
Coworker
June 9, 2021
I met Mary at work. She was kind, thoughtful, and had a huge positive impact on my work life. She gave me great advice and became a good friend. I am holding her gently in my heart, and in the Light.
Jocelyn Kennedy
Coworker
June 8, 2021
Mary was in the Law School Library office all the while I was in Technical Services back in the 1980s until 2003. I had nothing but admiration for her and knew that she was involved in charitable activities in her spare time. I found her to be very personable and friendly.
Helen Simon
Coworker
June 8, 2021
I met Mary riding on the bus to work. We then started walking to work together in the mornings regularly. Even after she retired, she still joined me at 7:30am to walk with me as I made my way to the University. When I return to work in person in the fall, my commute will be lonely; I will miss her. Rest in peace dear Mary.
Carmela Brown
Neighbor
June 7, 2021
I went to school with Mary and so sad to hear of her passing . Can you have Lee
Her brother call Gus Robson at 303-641 -6441 thanks
Gus Robson
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