Mary Alice (Reed) Gahn
Mary passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on December 22, 2019. She is survived by a brother and a sister, 6 children, many grandchildren and a multitude of loved ones.
Born on December 26, 1942, to Forest and Martha Reed of Dayton Ohio.
Left the Woman's Army Corps. to marry Phillip Arthur Gahn on May 29, 1965.
While Phil was stationed in Würzburg Germany, Mary gave birth to a son.
Baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses July 1970.
While residing in Cheboygan, MI, she gave birth to a daughter.
On June 1, 1998, Phil passed away.
Mary faithfully served Jehovah God telling all about his promise of a paradise earth and his plans for our future. She found great joy in his creation, gardening and feeding the birds and local critters that passed through her yard. She was a builder at heart, tackling any job... even if it required a circular saw. She was an amazing seamstress that sewed clothing for her children for much of their life. Well known for her strong and beautiful singing voice, she brought praise to Jehovah daily. She loved deeply anyone that chose to be part of her life and prayed for all those that didn't.
She had her shortcomings! Stubborn to a fault upon occasion. She was always leaving a used tissue behind wherever she went. She had difficulty apologizing, but she always did eventually. In spite of the irritations she caused to those close to her, she was always forgiven and well-loved!
In her final years, she sent hundreds of hand-made cards to friends and family and donating many to the local nursing homes so everyone could find a smile. Her sticker collection was unrivaled. Even when she became too tired to make the cards, her daughter would make the base and she would choose stickers to add to it.
Music... Music was her greatest joy through life. It was what made her survive rough days growing up. It was what caused her to fall in love. It was a constant as she raised her children. It was in how she worshiped and how she recreated. Her choices spanned from Kingdom Melodies to ZZ-Top and Van Halen (the clean songs). Often she would enjoy Opera and then switch to country and then land on Rod Stewart's oldies. Not a day was ever spent without music.
We look forward to the day when “no resident will say I am sick” (Isaiah 33:24) and “death will be no more” (Revelation 21:4) and welcome her back from her sleep into a life of perfection. It too will be filled with music!
A memorial service will take place on January 4, 2020, at 2 pm at the East Jordan Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 04925 Boyne City East Jordan Rd, East Jordan, MI 49727.
For more information about God's promise for the future, visit www.JW.org.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Gahn family, c/o Wendy S. Congdon, PO Box 1327, East Jordan, MI 49727.
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c/o Wendy S. Congdon, PO Box 1327, East Jordan MI 49727