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Mary E. Osborn

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Mary Ellen “Molly” Osborn

After a long but courageous battle, Molly Osborn passed into eternity on July 20, 2021, due to complications from dermatomyositis.  Her beautiful smile will be forever etched in the memories of all who knew and loved her.

Born May 3, 1944, in Flint Michigan.   Molly often traveled to Presque Isle to visit relatives and it was there that she met husband-to-be in 1964.  A year later they were married at St. Clair de Montefalco Catholic Church in Detroit.

After spending four years in Sault Ste. Marie, they moved to Rogers City, Mt. Pleasant, and Lake City before settling in Gaylord in 1974.  Here she worked at Glen’s Market, Georgia Pacific, and in 1996 went to work at the Gaylord High School.  Molly had found her calling as a paraprofessional in the vocational program.  An opportunity to work one-on-one with students allowed her to utilize two of her many strengths; patience and a willingness to listen.

A magician in the kitchen, she prepared countless superb meals for family and friends.  She loved time with her family, gardening, travel, an occasional trip to the casino, and spending time at their Lake Superior Cottage.

Molly is survived by her husband, John,  of 56 years; sons, John III, Tim, Pat;  three daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

The family celebration of life will be private.

Memorials should be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P. O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

27 comments on “Mary E. Osborn”

  1. John and family, It saddens me to hear of Molly’s passing. I enjoyed catching up with her at the sportsplex. Many thoughts and prayers.

    • Our most sincere sympathies to you, John, and your family.
      Let her light so shine, that they may see her good works and glorify our father who is in heaven.

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    • We’ll all miss this lady. She could light up a room with her smile. Thoughts and prayers with John and boys.

      • Saddened to hear about Molly. Always smiling, she had an infectious laugh. A very special wife, mother, and person. Thoughts and prayers for the Osborne guys. Be strong.

        • I was so sorry to hear this. Molly always had a smile and a laugh to share. And oh, how she loved her family. My heart goes out to you all.

          • JR and family, so very sorry for the loss of your very special gal. We will always remember her special smile and great personality! Many happy memories of the good old days! Much love, sympathy, and prayers. Pete and Barb

            • I am very sorry to hear of Mrs. Osborn’s passing. I really enjoyed talking to her when they would come to the store shopping. I will miss her smile the most. Praying for Mr. Osborn and the whole family.

              God Bless

              • John and family, although we have lost touch over the years, Jim and I have such great memories of Molly! She was a most wonderful friend and she had the best sense of humor! We sure had some great times together!! Love and prayers to you!! ❤🙏❤

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              • John and family, I did not know! I am so sorry for your loss! Haven’t seen John and Molly for years. Every time our paths crossed, were just good times. Molly will be missed. She always smiled. I pray that God will comfort you all in the days ahead. Once again, I am very sorry!

                • Bonnie and Vaughn Goodenow

                  So sorry for your loss. Molly was a great neighbor and I always enjoyed chatting with her when she was out gardening. She always told me she was “scratching the myrtle” when I would question her about raking it! She had some beautiful flower gardens! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys, John 🙏

                  • Tom Tomaski and Mary Tomaski

                    John, John, Tim and Pat so sorry to hear of Molly’s passing; she will be missed. Hoping you are all consoled knowing what a wonderful mother and wife she has been all of these years. Please know we are thinking of you.

                    • Ellen and Jim Bonter

                      Oh, my, she will be greatly missed and remembered with so much love by so many people. We are thinking of you, John.

                      • I had the privilege of working with Molly years ago at Glen’s Market. Molly was such a delight to work with she was always smiling and had such a fun sense of humor. I know she’ll be missed very much, my sincere condolences to the family and friends.

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                      • Molly was always wonderful working with our high school business students and as part of the high school staff. Her warm smile was a joy to be around. Deepest sympathy John and family.

                        • Jean & Bernie Corpe

                          Definitely enjoyed working with Molly at Gaylord High Business Dept. She was the wisest and brightest student advocate. Sunshine always. Deepest condolences to John and boys.

                          • JR, so sorry to learn of Molly’s passing. My heart goes out to you and the family as you mourn her loss. Fond memories of her laughter in our get togethers. God go with you!

                            • Jim & Sue Groters

                              John and family, we are so sad to hear of your loss but understand she is in a happier place now with other friends and loved ones. We loved her as out neighbor and especially enjoyed seeing her ride around the neighborhood in the car to smile and wave at us. She will be dearly treasured as a wonderful person.

                              • So very sorry to hear of Molly’s passing. She was a dear person so full of love and laughter. My deepest condolences to John and the entire family.

                                • Mark and Sandra Krupiarz

                                  My heart was so heavy when I read this. My deepest condolences to you, John, and the family. Molly was a wonderful neighbor and it was always a joy to see her when we came to town to visit. Always a smile and always cheerful. She will surely be missed by so many.

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